Tuesday, December 25, 2007


From our family to yours, Merry Christmas!

Saturday, December 22, 2007

It's about time

It's about time I posted a new message, and it's about "time", that I haven't. We've been real busy with a big job west of Leakey, and that's why I am sooo tardy with lettin yall know what's up at the Frio.
It's cold, it's warm, it's sunny, then cloudy. Kinda like where you live. Just kiddin.
I gotta run now, but I promise to post some new pictures, and tell yall what's new, by CHRISTMAS DAY!
Check out our fantastic new additions to the FrioMan Family of vacation homes @ http://www.frioman.com/. Crooked Tree & Valley View.
River's Edge, on the banks of the Frio River in Leakey, coming soon!
Take care, and check back in a couple days.

Sunday, November 18, 2007


Hey Yall

Sorry it's been so long since I've posted. During the off season we get busy with the construction side of our business, and have been really goin strong. The weather has been so nice out here at the Frio River, with cool nights and sunny days. But we really could use some of those showers that were so plentiful during this past summer. It's cracklin dry out here. We've been workin over in Reagan Wells, west of Uvalde on the Nueces, way up in Roaring Springs near Camp Wood, and of course, right here in beautiful "downtown" Concan.

Can't imagine why these guys are so nervous. After all, H.E.B. is only 20 miles from here, and they're already cleaned.

I took these two pictures this morning from a ridge in Roaring Springs, while traveling to visit with a customer(Hey Thad). The fog was thick as pea soup from Concan to Leakey. Then, as I topped the mountains west of Leakey on RR337, it lifted. Actually, it didn't "lift", it was just that I had driven high enough where I was above the fog. Really cool!!
Hill Country....yeah right. Climb one of em, then tell me it's a hill.
We would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving. Be safe in your travels, enjoy the closeness of family and friends, and may God bless.
FrioMan & Gigi

Sunday, November 4, 2007

'07 Deja Vu

Hey Guys.
Already November, but it seems like just the other day when I took these shots this summer at the Frio River.
Some are of ones on old posts, and some you haven't seen.
The reports from Lost Maples is that the trees are all changing colors, so now's the time to get out here to see some beautiful fall foliage. We're probably going this week, and of course, we'll take plenty of pictures.

Remember the flood on June 26? This was below Neal's Store on Tx127

Shut In Falls after a heavy rain. We had a lot of em, didn't we?

A busy afternoon at Bunk Falls

A common sight this summer in the canyon
Just downriver from Comanche Crossing

The popular swimmin hole at Neal's/Buchanan's
These guys made it look easy goin over Bunk Falls!
That's it for now, goodnight. FrioMan

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

More info on Save Our Frio

65,000 gallons of water per day
• This equates to 90 gallons per minute (even in drought)
• This water will be leaving the watershed of the Frio for
commercial interests elsewhere
• We must act! There is more at stake than 1 well. It is
the precedent that will be set for years to come
• Contact all of your elected officials including the Real/
Edwards Conservation & Reclamation Board Members
to voice your concerns

Real/Edwards Conservation & Reclamation Water Board Hearing
Regarding the Application of the Pavlas Well Permit
Friday, Nov. 2, at 10 am
Real County Courthouse—Courtroom
More info?
Contact Judge Sansom @ (830) 232-5304

Save Our Frio

Please click to enlarge

Well, the man who owns Riding River Ranch north of Leakey on RR336 (http://www.ridingriverranch.com/), wants to pump 65,000 gallons of water DAILY from Kent Creek. This beautiful little creek, which is northwest of Leakey, feeds the west prong of the Frio River.
You can read more about this at:

The public hearing that was scheduled October 25 was rescheduled, and is now going to be this Friday, November 2, at 10:00am at the Real County Courthouse. We will be there!

As mentioned in the above flier, your opinions matter, be heard.

Call, e-mail, or write the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality(TCEQ)http://www.tceq.state.tx.us/about/directory/
or call:
Public Assistance on Permitting:1-800-687-4040. One-stop calling for the general public to inquire about permitting activity within the TCEQ.

Don't let them turn this....

...into this!!!

Please pass this on to every Frio River lover you know. Or just anyone interested in preserving such a pristine natural resource.
Let em know how you feel!! FrioMan

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Frost on the Concan pumpkin

Can you believe it? I had to go outside and put my hands on it to make sure it wasn't just a heavy dew. Frost, and 35 degrees! We had a 50 degree drop in less than 48 hours. But, we've all seen it before, right? We should start getting some color change on the trees soon, and when that happens, I'll be goin around shootin pictures for yall to enjoy.

Better yet, why not make plans soon to spend a weekend with us in the Canyon. You'll love it, especially if you've never seen the Frio River area in the Fall.

I just took this last weekend at Rancho Real, above Leakey. I wonder if these guys are gonna fly south now......

Seeya later. Goin for a ride to the River. FrioMan

Monday, October 22, 2007

Oh baby, it's cold outside

Well, it's not that cold. But compared to yesterday, it's a drastic change. Yesterday, we worked outside, trimmin trees, workin on fence, etc. It was sunny, in the eighties, and breezy. Early this morning, around 3 a.m., it sounded like a freight train blowin through. I mean, it was howlin! I guess by now, the same cold front has whistled through your area too. By the time we got up, it was in the upper 40's, with the winds gusting to 45mph. Things are quieter now, and the temp is droppin fast. It's supposed to get in the low 40's tonight....brrrrr.


Thursday, October 11, 2007

Don't Mess With TEXAS!

We all know what today's title means, but there's still a lot of "#^*@!!" out there who don't worry about trashing our environment. I'm fixin to go out and feed the deer, and we'll see if he was able to "shed" the trash bag some thoughtless individual threw to the ground. I took this shot Saturday evening.
When you're here, and see someone throwing their junk into the River, on the ground, or side of the road, let them know you don't appreciate it!

Saturday's sunset in Concan.

Yall let me know what you want to see more pictures of, or any info or story I can help you with.
Everybody loves the pics, but I want to keep yall informed too. Just drop me an e-mail, or do it with a comment on the Blog. If I don't know, I'll do my best to find out. By the way, it's 82 degrees right now, at 7:04 pm, Monday evening. Don't pay attention to the posted date, that's when I downloaded the pics. The deer are waiting, gotta go.
SeeYa! FrioMan

Monday, October 8, 2007

Quiet Times

I guess everybody is too busy with school, work, football, and Halloween to be thinkin about the Frio River & Concan...or maybe not.
Actually, quite a lot of people do have the River on their minds, because they have been calling us making reservations for next Summer. Now, that's smart! We'll get a ton of calls next Spring from folks looking for a place to stay, but just about everything is booked by then. So make your Concan vacation plans early with family and friends, and call soon.

Well, yours truly has been stuck at the ol computer catchin up on paperwork, emails, and answering phones. I did get away Monday to catch a few floaters that just went past Bunk Falls.
I figured they were playin hooky til I remembered some folks were off for Columbus Day.

After they went by, all you could hear was the water cascading over the Falls, and the singing of the birds high in the ancient Cypress trees. How wonderful it is to be here.

As soon as I get caught up with my work, I'm jumpin in...right here!
Take care, FrioMan

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Blue Skies

What a gorgeous day it was yesterday at the Frio River. It's not like we don't have a whole lot of them, it's just that the sky seemed bluer than normal. Don't you agree?

There were quite a few folks here this weekend enjoying the unseasonably warm weather. The water temps are still very comfortable to swim and tube, as you can see by the photos from yesterday.
These pics were taken from Vista del Rio.

Come see us soon. There's no place quite like Concan, Texas!
We still have availability for Thanksgiving weekend, & our books are open for 2008, so give us a call.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Changes comin

Hey fellow Frio River afficionados. Summer showed up this week, with temps in the 90's, and lots of sunshine. We had a few showers yesterday, but that didn't dampen the spirits of our guests, and other visitors to Concan. They reported great tubing, and told us what a great time they had.

Yesterday at the 2nd crossing. Notice the leaves on the Cypress trees are changing colors.

Dog day afternoon?

These guys don't care about the leaves, they just don't want to go home!

Our books open for reservations for all of our wonderful vacation homes tomorrow morning, Monday, October 1.

We have a new addition, and expect to have several more homes available soon.
Stay tuned to FrioMan Blog, and our website http://www.frioman.com/, for updates.

From the Frio River in beautiful downtown Concan, Texas.....FrioMan

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Swimmin pool, lots of stars

We are excited to tell yall that we have a new addition to the the FrioMan Family of vacation homes! You can check out all of our fantastic homes at www.FrioMan.com.

Round Up is a fantastic Hill Country home, nestled between the hills rising above the Concan landscape. A private in-ground swimming pool is just one of the pleasures to enjoy during your stay, and Frio River access to a wonderful riverside park is only minutes away. Round Up offers three bedrooms and three bathrooms. Five double beds, four singles, and a queen sleeper sofa.

We are now taking reservations for 2008, for Round Up, Bethel, Hangin On, and Sundancer.
Beginning Monday, October 1, we will be taking reservations for all of our homes.
Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, and what better place to celebrate with your family than the beautiful Texas Hill Country in Concan?

It's never too early to be thinking about next year's vacation, so ya better get your family and friends together, and plan your plan!
We have some wonderful vacation homes here in Concan, and...stay tuned, there may be more joining our FrioMan Family soon.

We hope to hear from yall soon. FrioMan

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Take time....

...to look around next time you're here at the Frio River. You never know what you might see.
God's creatures and His wonders are always here to see, but most folks are movin too fast to enjoy them. Not this guy!

Have you ever seen a moth, new to the world, testing it's wings?

Or a Roadrunner huntin lizards, which were so plentiful this summer.

How about a fawn, takin a break from Mom's lessons?

Take time to come out this Fall, then slow down so you can really appreciate the beauty of your surroundings. The Concan/Frio Canyon area is a very special place, come see us.

as ever, FrioMan

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Frio Family Kids

Another nice, warm day today here in Concan, and very quiet. Since school started back, there aren't a lot of folks visiting the canyon during the week. But for the ones that are here, ya know they're enjoying the Frio River's cool clear waters, and havin it to themselves...withoutcha! Ahh, the lazy days of late summer.
Amber from Frio Family emailed the story below, along with the photos of her and her siblings enjoying the River.
Thanks Amber, it's great to hear from you!

"Hi FrioMan, my name is Amber and I am a true Frio River Rat. My family always follows your blog. I am with the Frio Family that always leaves comments on your page. Not the 14 yr. old though, I am the older college student. I truly love the Frio and I love introducing people to the Frio. On Monday I took my friend that has never been before. We floated, he snorkled and we also had the whole place to ourselves. He loved it. I wanted to send you a pic and a blog but I am not sure how so my Mom just told me to e-mail it to you. So here I am relaxing in the Frio. This is what I always do first thing when I get there. Find me a little shallow place with a spring where it is cold, lay down, close my eyes and not think about a thing. We are actually going on the 21st. The whole family. I can't wait, I already miss it. The second pic you see is the Frio Family Kids. Caleb (11), Kellen (14 with the hat) and me Amber (i am 23). This pic was taken last summer a little up river from Neal's. Thanks FrioMan, We love your blog."

Amber aka FrioRiverRat.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Sad News from the Frio

A young man drowned Saturday afternoon while tubing the Frio River. Hondo called me Saturday, and said a young fellow came running up his drive, and asked him to call 911. He said his buddy was in bad shape, and needed help fast. As you may recall from earlier posts, Hondo lives above Bunk Falls, and the man had come downriver a ways looking for a place to find help.
From what I understand, the tragedy occurred upriver of the Falls around Daddy B's Bathtubs.
This area is where the large boulders are in the middle of the River, about 400 yards before the Falls. I don't know all the details, but Hondo was told the young man was towing the ice chest tube, and had it tied to his ankle. I'm not going to try to tell you what happened, because I wasn't there. But those of you familiar with the Frio, and tubing in general, can just imagine the possibilities.

Our hearts go out the family & friends of this young man. They are in our prayers.

Watch out for each other, stay together, stay safe.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

"Cold Front"

Wow. We had a little front come through, and the temps are fantastic. It's in the 60's this a.m., and it's expected to be upper 80's this afternoon. We stayed in the 70's Tuesday. But the Frio water temps haven't changed, and there's still lots of time to enjoy it's pleasures.

I took this picture yesterday afternoon at the 3rd crossing(7 Bluffs). Hondo, from Concan Pies and I were riding around on business....... and stopped to take it all in.
These folks were on the downriver side of the crossing enjoying their peaceful surroundings. They had it all to themselves. This could be you!
View from the deck of the wonderful vacation home, Vista del Rio.
If you want to enjoy the beautiful Frio River when it is serene and peaceful, but still warm enough to immerse yourself in it's crystal clear waters, now's the time. If you've never experienced being on the River with only those with you, you ought to try it. There's still quite a few folks coming on the weekends, but weekdays are very quiet right now.
We hope to see yall soon, take care. FrioMan

Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Soggy Finale for Labor Day Weekend

Sunday at the 2nd xing downriver

Monday, same spot

Sunday at the 2nd xing upriver

Monday, same spot

As folks were leaving Concan and the Frio River Monday, after a wonderful Labor Day weekend, the rains came again. We had some showers each of the last few days, but plenty of sunshine for some good times on the River. And there's still good times ahead here, with great flow, and warm weather to look forward to for some time yet. Vacation rental rates are down and the crowds are gone, making this time of year an excellent time to sneak away for a weekend of fun on the Frio.
Today(Tuesday) brought some heavy rains totaling a tad over 3 1/2", which gave rise to the River just a bit. This will be just another charge to the flow which has been so good all summer. How can you wait til next year for another trip, when conditions are so good RIGHT NOW!
Come see us! FrioMan
FrioMan Vacation Lodging

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Super Summer Far From Over

This was taken Saturday afternoon at the 1st crossing on Tx127. As you can see, lots of folks were here enjoying the Frio River's cool, clear waters. The upcoming Labor Day weekend is shaping up to be a good one, with just a slight chance of rain in the forecast. Like rain bothers us out here, Ha! It rained most all of June & July, the River comin up and goin down almost as often as the sun itself. Everything is lush and green, & the Frio was, is, and will be flowin great for a long time still. Thanks to all you folks that stayed with FrioMan Vacation Lodging this year, and we hope to see yall again soon. We're beginning to take reservations for some of our vacation homes for 2008, and will be booking for all of them by October 1st. Keep an eye on our website for updates.

Better yet, come on out now, there's still plenty of summer and great fun to be had.
I'm ready! FrioMan
Concan Texas USA

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Still Here

WOW! Time flies when you're havin fun, and that's all that's goin on here on the Frio River ...FUN! I just saw that my last post was on the 20th, and that's too long.

The weather here has been fantastic, and the River is flowing beautifully. There's still quite a few folks here on the weekdays, and this weekend was full of Frio River fun lovin fanatics.

The conditions will be great long into September, so make plans to come on out and stay with us.
Then, if it turns too cool for fun on the water, there's still plenty to do and see.

Hey Mike(waving) & Gayle(sittin pretty in blue)! We didn't know it was yall til we got home and looked at the pics on the computer. A couple of our super nice locals out enjoyin the River Saturday above the 2nd xing.
Well, I hope there's still some of yall still checkin in on FrioMan Blog. I don't mean to stay away so long, but...excuses, excuses.
Let me know you're still there, and write your comments about your vacation, any ??'s, ask 'em, and shoot some pics that I can post.
wish you were here! FrioMan

Monday, August 20, 2007

Surfin on the Frio

Below is a photo & story of Caleb "surfin on the Frio". He belongs to FrioFamily, who is a regular visitor to FrioMan Blog. THANK YOU so much for the picture, we really enjoyed it!
Good job Caleb.
Everything is super here in Concan, with excellent water and weather conditions. The crowds are getting much smaller during the week, but last weekend was super busy on the Frio. Everybody is havin a great time on the best River anywhere, come join us!
I hope a lot of yall are makin plans to come out for Trash Bash weekend. More on that very soon.
Til next time, FrioMan

"When we go to the Frio we never watch TV, are happy that the cell phones don't work, my kids don't miss their video games, friends etc...instead they are busy creating moments like this. I like to call it "Surfin on the Frio". Enjoy!"

"Love Your Blog, Keep it Comin,"

Frio Family

Friday, August 17, 2007

What storm?

As you can see from this picture taken early this afternoon, the Frio is not flooding, and we had no rise at all from the rains last night. The NWS had forecasted a rise to 11.5 feet, but fortunately it didn't happen. We had a good shower about 4:30p.m., but the sun was back out soon.

These folks from Brownwood were enjoying their first day on the River this afternoon, and took time out to pose for FrioMan. Thanks guys & gals, yall were great!

New signs posted along River Road.

Here at FVL, we are very aware of Hurricane Dean, and the forecasted paths that have been predicted...from Houston to Mexico. Folks are calling, asking "Will the River be flooded next week?", "Is the hurricane goin to hit Concan?", "Is it goin to be rainin when we get to the Frio?"
Even though FrioMan knows who is going to win the World Series, the Super Bowl, and what the next winning lotto numbers are...there is no way he can forecast the weather or Frio River conditions for next week, or even for tomorrow. Sorry.

We will do our best to keep everyone updated to conditions and happenings here in Concan, and the surrounding area, but think your questions through before you ask them.
830-232-4210 for lodging info, area activities, current weather, River & road conditions.
1-866-7CONCAN Reservations only
BR-549 for silly questions(LOL)

FrioMan Vacation Lodging

See ya soon, FrioMan