The prompt for Week 27 of 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy & History is Vacations.
Where did your family go on vacation? Did you have a favorite place? Is it still there? If not, how has the area changed?
I wish this last week had not been so hectic, because I could probably write a week's worth of posts on this topic alone. I LOVED family vacations! Some of the places we went to included: the Chicago area (once by train) and Rochester, New York (camping on the way there and back), both to visit relatives; New Braunfels, Texas; New Orleans; and San Antonio.
My favorite place, though, and the one I visited the most (eight times) was the Frio River in the Texas Hill Country. I stayed at Neal's Lodges in Concan in 1978, 1982, and 1983, and visited for a day in 1995. But the spot dearest to my heart was Cold Springs Ranch Courts near the tiny town (post office) of Rio Frio.
We first stayed there in 1967, when I was ten, and went back the following summer, using it as a base to go to San Antonio (mostly to see HemisFair '68) and Piedras Negras, Mexico, on the border. I went on my own in early August 1980 (just before Hurricane Allen hit Corpus Christi), and once again with my son Eric in late August 2001 (just before 9/11).
From what I can find on the web, it's still there (now just called Cold Springs), but it's definitely different. It changed a lot between 1968 and 1980. In my childhood, it was a collection of vacation cabins one could rent for a week or more, within walking distance of the river. The photo below left shows my siblings Mary, Mark, and Karen in front of our cabin in 1968, and the photo below right shows me and my siblings (Mary, Brian, Mark, and Karen) inside the cabin. It had two screened-in sleeping porches that were not air-conditioned, but quite comfortable even in August thanks to the nearby Frio River.
What hasn't changed is the beautiful Frio River, as seen in the photos of me in 1980 and 1968:
Below is a set of photos comparing the same areas in 1980 (left) and 2001 (right):
and a set comparing similar areas in 1980 (left) and 1968 (right, with Mary and Karen):
And finally, a few more pictures of our family enjoying our Cold Springs Ranch Courts vacations in August 1967 and 1968:
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