Ep. 125: Texas Hill Country | RV travel camping

Ep. 125: Texas Hill Country | RV travel camping

While spending a few nights camping at Cranes Mill Campground on Canyon Lake in the Texas Hill Country, we get out to explore the Gruene Historic District of New Braunfels, including the famed Gruene Hall. We also spend an evening in San Antonio including Spanish Mission history at Mission San JosΓ© of the San Antonio Missions National Historical Park, a near miss at the Alamo, and a pleasant stroll along the city’s beautiful San Antonio River Walk dining and entertainment district.

Filmed: October 15-18, 2019


* Cranes Mill Park https://www.recreation.gov/camping/campgrounds/234726
* Gruene Historic District http://www.gruenetexas.com/
* San Antonio Missions National Historical Park https://www.nps.gov/saan
* The Alamo https://www.thealamo.org/
* River Walk https://www.thesanantonioriverwalk.com/


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  1. Vanngo Travelers on March 31, 2023 at 7:33 am

    Mark we’ve been watching you for a while. You inspired us to do what we’ve always wanted to do. Hopefully our paths will cross one day and we’ll get to meet you. Keep up the great work.

  2. Jeff Arthur on March 31, 2023 at 7:33 am

    Pretty heavy name dropping on that dance hall ; )
    Texas is on my bucket list for music.
    Good work on your channel

  3. Cajun Wolf on March 31, 2023 at 7:33 am

    You need to go a little farther north of New Braunfels and San Antonio to get into the heart of the Texas Hill Country, I’m a native. My family settled south of Bertrum, Texas, in 1846 just west of Balcones fault, which is pretty much in the center of the Hill Country. Nothing wrong with New Braunfels or San Antonio, I have relatives in each, but that would be the southern extremes of the Hill Country of Texas. By the way, I remember seeing them build the Canyon Lake dam.

  4. Tom Austin on March 31, 2023 at 7:34 am

    Another awesome video Marc πŸ‘πŸ˜Šβ€οΈπŸ˜ŽπŸšŒπŸŽΆπŸŽ₯πŸŽ‰πŸŒŽ Texas is on our must visit list β›°β˜€οΈπŸ– thanks for sharing and safe travels

  5. SKPjoe Coursegold on March 31, 2023 at 7:35 am

    when RVing through Texas, early Jan 2016 heading to Florida, stop at my niece’s in Cibolo, she and her family took me to these 2 places, tres magnifique. doing the Riverwalk with all the Christmas lights was very special.

  6. william keil on March 31, 2023 at 7:35 am

    Good video as always

  7. WILLIAM COOLEY on March 31, 2023 at 7:35 am

    Now you have a taste of the area. What did you like best?

  8. Fritz Wagoner on March 31, 2023 at 7:36 am

    Very good informative video.

  9. Gavin Streetie on March 31, 2023 at 7:37 am

    Could not agree more than the last comment , it’s always a pleasure to watch anything with Marc and Grand adventure and we learn so much from you too over here in damp gloomy London, but the sun is always shinning there !
    I remember watching the Alamo as in the film and now for real on GA looks a great place to visit and Thankyou for the history too
    Thankyou G&Z

  10. Ken Musil on March 31, 2023 at 7:40 am

    What was the name of the campground on Canyon Lake?

  11. jwrappuhn71 on March 31, 2023 at 7:41 am

    Such an excellent vid Marc.

  12. Wes Walker on March 31, 2023 at 7:41 am

    I am as a resident Texan learned something about history. The first mission that you named I have not been to and I will definitely get to. The tower that was portrayed in several sections of the video was built during the World’s Fair of 1967 along with the Riverwalk and several of the hotels and record time. One of the hotels was under a tremendous timeline to build the hotel. That hotel has become the standard of the way in which to build hotels because of the technique discovered under the pressure.. I am inviting you back to the Texas Hill Country to spend less then one week just to explore San Antonio and 50 miles around it and that would be a whirlwind Adventure

  13. Randi's Adventures on March 31, 2023 at 7:43 am

    Hi! I recently stayed in two Corp of Engineer campgrounds in MN this past summer and was very impressed. Cranes Mill Park looks like a gem! I have watched several of your Texas vids and it looks like you are having a grand adventure!

  14. Duke Fleshman on March 31, 2023 at 7:43 am

    Marc. Another great video! Thanks for sharing Gruene. We go there every New Years. There’s nothing like a cold Shiner Bock at Gruene Hall listening to some great music. We saw Billy Bob Thornton in August. You never know who will be there.

  15. Ronnie Parker on March 31, 2023 at 7:43 am

    Welcome to Texas and the hill country! Hope you enjoyed your time here, like your videos!!

  16. Texas Escapist on March 31, 2023 at 7:50 am

    The Missions have been here a couple of hundred years, I’m sure they’ll be here when you come back this way! Thanks for the video!

  17. Wes Walker on March 31, 2023 at 7:50 am

    These folks are the best at responding to your messages proving that they read them and respond. Absolute Stars the YouTube Community with their research and dedication to their viewers

  18. Lynne Dunlap on March 31, 2023 at 7:51 am

    Catholicism is not Christianity. Christians don’t pray to Mary or "saints" but Catholics do. They call her the mother of God which is complete and total blasphemy and punishable by death in the Bible. Oh yeah, great video as usual!

  19. Drive North on March 31, 2023 at 7:52 am

    Nice drone work!

  20. Christina McMillan on March 31, 2023 at 7:52 am

    You find the best places!!!!!! Loved the music you chose. Fit so well with what I was seeing. Very cool. Safe travels! Can not wait to do the river walk someday.

  21. Vince Spezzaferro on March 31, 2023 at 7:54 am

    Love all your videos, very professional, great scenery with just the right amount of information.

  22. dusty laredo on March 31, 2023 at 7:55 am

    welcome to texas, bubba…

  23. Karen English on March 31, 2023 at 7:56 am

    We were at Gruene when Lisa Marie Presley sang one night. We had eaten steak next door at the neat restaurant and she was taking the stage!! Been to some of the missions, The Riverwalk, The Alamo and church where Bowie and others are. Did discover Fredericksburg TX and museum and history of USS Nimitz, along with German food!

  24. Nomadic In Nature on March 31, 2023 at 7:57 am

    Awesome drone footage. Love all the water there. Great video!

  25. Gringo on March 31, 2023 at 7:59 am

    Good stuff, as always! Thanks.

  26. Navyned on March 31, 2023 at 8:03 am

    As always a great video. We are headed out on our first trip since retiring and will be staying @ Potters Creek just across the lake from were you stayed. Our stay will be in February, hopefully not too cold. Guess it will be better than the weather here in Virginia.

  27. Curt Higgins on March 31, 2023 at 8:04 am

    Beautiful video, Marc! Very informative too. I was there in 1960 compliments of U. Sam!

  28. Gimpy Camper on March 31, 2023 at 8:04 am

    Hey friend! That looks like an awesome site! My wife just informed me while we were talking about our 10 rv question video (that I accidentally deleted the footage from) that apparently Texas is on her must see list (I know that’s pretty broad, I mean it’s such a small state). I love COE campgrounds. I think its a great deal for the money, especially with a pass. I wish I could find more Boondocking here around us in TN/GA though. I’m mounting my Generator in the rig this weekend and then putting my solar panels on this new rig so we are getting closer to the freedom. But I only know of a few spots. A lot of the ones I know, are way back in the mountain roads where you wouldn’t want to take a 50 ft rig! lol

  29. Loaded Up and Traveling on March 31, 2023 at 8:04 am

    Great video!! We are only on our 15th video and learning so much each week. Can you tell me how you make your moving intro text? Is that in Adobe Premier Pro? I’m using an App called LumaFusion and I actually love it but I’m wondering if the moving text graphics is something that can be purchased.

  30. FelineGood - Living the Feral Life on March 31, 2023 at 8:06 am

    Marc your video & audio edits are superb. I always enjoy your commentary which is always well researched and delivered professionally. Your music selections for this segment were spot on and so appropriate. I don’t know how you manage to keep up with your production schedule – you are a machine. Thank you for all you do!

  31. Bruce H on March 31, 2023 at 8:07 am

    I didn’t realize the Apaches ranged that far east. Sounds like it was not easy being aTexan back then. The Texas series was great!

  32. Debbie TAYLOR on March 31, 2023 at 8:10 am

    Sorry if it sounds a little silly but when you come to places like this near the water are you typically allowed to go in and swim

  33. Tommy Hathcock on March 31, 2023 at 8:12 am

    Mark, Very nice video and drone footage. You did a great job. At first I thought I found a new RV park I didn’t know about but when you said Corps of engineers that told me why I didn’t know about. There are several Corps of engineers park that are beautiful BUT…. NO 50 amp, NO sewer. That leaves me out. I don’t know why they can’t update their parks. But Hey…. keep those videos coming, you’re doing a good job.

  34. William @ Yellowdog Welding on March 31, 2023 at 8:14 am

    Thank you for sharing this video. It is enjoyable to come along with you. I noticed that you have a slide out on the curb side of your RV. Is that a very common thing. Thinking it isn’t. Thanks again for giving a good look at so many places. ATB, Bill

  35. Christine Ryan on March 31, 2023 at 8:14 am

    Excellent video once again! We’re enjoying the Fort Worth area right now and you just gave us the idea for our next destination. I’m thinking we don’t want to rush through Texas. Thanks again for sharing. Safe travels!

  36. 1121gsm on March 31, 2023 at 8:15 am

    Wow. What a walk down memory lane. I lived in San Antonio for seven years but I don’t get back very often. This was great. Thanks.

  37. 4K Explorer on March 31, 2023 at 8:21 am

    Wow, really enjoyed the drone shots! Excellent work!

  38. NonRev Hogan on March 31, 2023 at 8:21 am

    Yes Congratulations on 30K. Been watching for quite awhile now and look forward to the next video every week. San Antonio is definitely on our bucket list.

  39. Mark Reynolds on March 31, 2023 at 8:23 am

    Marc, another amazing video.
    I told you back when you started this how popular you would become.
    31K subscribers, congrats.

  40. Ernesto Velez on March 31, 2023 at 8:24 am

    I been to the river walk this year, loved it. Great video, Marc.

  41. CitySlicker Tony on March 31, 2023 at 8:24 am

    Wow, San Antonio another amazing place to visit. No wonder why so many are moving to Texas . . . Its got EVERYTHING !

  42. SkoogTube on March 31, 2023 at 8:25 am

    I tried to order the HOOTOO off of Amazon, and it is unavailable…they are not sure it ever will be again. Do you know whether one of those other alternative option’s would work as the HOOTOO?
    Thanks for all of the good tips and adventure that you share with us all :)!

  43. Ed Schaper on March 31, 2023 at 8:26 am

    I got my class B in New Braunfels. I didn’t have much time to explore but stopped in Gruene on my way back north. I would love to back. Thanks so much for showing me a bit of what I missed.

  44. Melissa Jane Curtis on March 31, 2023 at 8:26 am

    Liked the video, as usual, inspiring.. I love Texas! Yeehaw πŸ€ πŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌπŸ‘πŸΌ

  45. tina g on March 31, 2023 at 8:28 am

    Wonderful as always Texas my home state thanks for visiting

  46. Paradise Bus on March 31, 2023 at 8:29 am

    San Antonio Tx an amazing city live there 7 years

  47. Jimmy Jones on March 31, 2023 at 8:30 am

    Congrats on 30k

  48. Gary Jordan on March 31, 2023 at 8:30 am

    Again; your videos are amazing of south Texas

  49. Petra Olsen on March 31, 2023 at 8:32 am

    Hey Marc, yes New Braunfels is an absolutely gorgeous place. My parents moved there about 35 years ago and are still in love with it! It’s amazing watching the deer stroll by the dining room window at any given time of day. I’ll be up there in the spring and I can’t wait!! Another terrific video thank you.

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