Chilling on the Frio River…

Jay shooting water into the sky in the Frio River.

SONY f/4.5, 1/320 sec, ISO-200

After a crazy last three months of work, the family and I made our way down to Concan, Texas. Located in Uvalde County and in one of the most remote parts of Texas, we stayed in cabins along the Frio River for a few days.

Since I was actually relaxing, I did put the camera down for extended periods, but I managed to get some fun photos on the first couple of days we were there with the overcast skies. In the picture above, you see Jay shooting water out of his toy, trying to hit the tall Concan trees. Just a side note. The water is really that clear.

Float the Frio bus crossing the bridge over the Frio River.

SONY f/5.6, 1/400 sec, ISO-2000

Concan is in the middle of this valley that has a river in between it. It’s known as an excellent place to come down and enjoy or float the river with family and friends. This year the river was about halfway up, versus the last time we were here, and it was really high. The Frio river receives its name from how cold it is. With all that rushing water, it feels cold the first time you dip your toe in. Eventually, you either warm up to the water, or the sun comes out long enough to keep you toasty. Don’t forget your sunscreen.

In the photo above, you can see where we were from the small road that leads into Concan. It’s made perfect for floaters and those wanting to cross the river without having to go over the busy street. It sits in the middle of a couple giant trees. One day I’ll remember to take a few pictures of them. They are a site, and you immediately know you’re in Concan. The Frio Bus is always bringing people from this bridge area and loading them up with floats and dropping them off a few miles up the river for a small fee. Beats walking.

Ace sitting in the Frio River

SONY f/4.5, 1/400 sec, ISO-1600

So when I mean the whole family, even Ace, our black lab can come down with us. Of course, he likes to hunt for rocks we throw into the river as well as laying down and enjoying the cold water. The stones do a number on his feet, so do remember to boot up your dogs when bringing them out on the rocks. The best part is that he’s able to swim as much as he wants.

I wish I had more photos to show you, but this is always a relaxing time for me, and a chance to put the camera away for a few days and enjoy the memories. It is pitch black at night, and you can easily see the stars. During the summer, the fireflies are always out. If you do need a place to eat. Remember to check out Neal’s Dining Room that is nearby the river. They have some of the best chicken fried chicken around Texas. Other small shops are starting to pop up around this area, including a new Frio Float, which is an ice cream parlor with an assortment of other snacks.

Last I leave you with a photo of Manu and his cousins’ tubing down the Frio River. You’re never too young to learn about these Texas traditions.

Manu in the raft floating down the Frio River.

SONY f/5.6, 1/1000 sec, ISO-400

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