Texas: Martindale: Don’s Fish Camp & Lockhart: Black’s BBQ

It’s just about the end of July and we’re just starting to get into those sweltering hot Texas summer day in Central Texas. My favorite way to beat the heat is a nice toobin’ float down the river. Which river? The San Marcos River. Don’s Fish camp is my favorite place to go. Even though it’s the San Marcos River, technically it’s in Martindale, Texas.

Don’s used to be know as the $5 spot. A nice relatively smooth float away from the popular New Braunfels, Comal and Guadalupe River floats. A few years ago a New Braunfels had the can ban, Don’s had a huge influx of traffic. After arriving, it could take about two hours before you stepped a foot in the river. There’s was a waiting line to get on property, a line to buy your bus ride and tube rental, and another line to get on the bus.

Now the process is quick and smooth. Upon entering your directed to a car line. At the front of the line you’ll pay for your bus ride, tube rentals, camping spot, etc. There is staff directing you to parking spots and then a short walk to the bus pick up. One of my favorite reasons to float at Don’s is because you end where you park. No long waits for a bus to take you back to the parking lot.

The beautiful water is nice and cool. Perfect to beat the heat during these scoring hot Texas summer days. The float down the San Marcos River is perfect, smooth with a few fun small rapids. (Very calm compared to the Guadalupe River.) Of course the crowd gets pretty friendly the further down river you get.

I prefer water and and light sweet adult beverage over beer. Most people love to float and drink beer but I get full really easily. My go to this summer has been Mighty Swell from Austin, Texas. These sparkling cocktails come in Peach, Lemon, Mango and my favorite, Grapefruit. So refreshing and delicious to sip on a hot summer day. They are made real fruit juice, pure sugar cane and premium ingredients, which helps with not getting dehydrated so quickly.

Since most of the people I’ve floated with prefer beer, we’ve done a good job of supporting local Texas companies. Austin Beersworks: Pearl Snap and Pedernalas Brewing Company’s Robert Earl Keen Honey Pils. (Always have a designated driver!)

Now, you sure do work up an appetite, since most floats are at least three hours. Perks of floating in Martindale, you’re less than 20 minutes from Lockhart. Where you’ll find a trail of some of the best BBQ Texas has.

Last time we chowed down at Black’s Barbecue. Juicy Brisket, turkey and pork ribs. The meat just perfectly fell right off the bones. Mhmm! Pardon my drool. All is right in the world for a Texans when side dishes include all your southern comfort favorite: beans, buttered green beans, potato salad and mac & cheese.

Floating down the San Marcos River is one my favorite ways to beat the summer heat. Followed by a mouth water plate of BBQ. What are your favorites ways to keep cool in this scoring summer days?


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