Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Big weekend coming up

Good Morning!

Over the last couple weeks, we've received about 5" of rain.

It hasn't done much for the Frio, but the deer appreciate it.

There will be lots of folks here for the holiday, so be careful & courteous.

The level at the 3rd x-ing should rise rapidly as visitors jump in this weekend.

One day it's up, the next it's down. Upriver irrigation......?

If you have any problems with rowdies, don't hesitate to notify law enforcement.

The Frio River is a FAMILY oriented vacation spot.

Everything has greened up with the recent rains, and has our area lookin great!

That's it for now. The Frio River awaits you! It's clean, clear, safe fun, so enjoy your visit.
FrioMan Vacation Lodging
866-7CONCAN reservations
830-232-4210 info

Monday, August 18, 2008

It's a start

Hey Guys, Michele, & FrioFamily

We finally got some much needed rainfall yesterday here in Concan, about 2 1/4 ". I visited our guests at Vista del Rio in the morning, the Frio was up a little, and the water was cloudy. I went back out in the evening, and Hondo & I walked down to Bunk Falls. The little falls were running again, and the level is up some. A welcome change from a couple days ago, now let's hope we get some more.

Bunk Falls is lookin much better

Little falls wasn't running before the rains.

Still low, but runnin quicker at Bee's crossing.

Same here. Less gravel showing.

We have two great vacation homes that are now available for Labor Day weekend. Better call soon, they won't last long!
Hopefully I'll be back real soon with more good news about the rainfall & the Frio.
FrioMan Vacation Lodging
1-866-7CONCAN reservations only
830-232-4210 info

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

It's raining, keep your fingers crossed!

Hey Guys

Right now, at 9:11 a.m., August 12, it's raining steady, with lightning and thunder. It just started about ten minutes ago, and I doubt it will last long. But any rain is welcome, as we are bone dry.

Raining harder now. All of these photos were taken within the last 5 or 6 days.

Hondo (Concan Pies) & I were goofin off below Bunk Falls the other evening.

Takin a break under the Falls.
Looks like confusion on whether to ride over, or walk around. They did both. Ouch! Bad lightning bolt.

These babies are hangin out by Crooked Tree, one of our fantastic vacation homes.

Ditto this youngun.

These are some of our boys at the office/Sundancer.

"Dog days of summer huh, ...whatever." Millie stayin cool under the oaks.

This was on RR 337 lookin downriver beside Frio Pecan Farms.
9:38 and still rainin.
Don't forget, if you emailed me and never received an answer, it's because we lost ALL of our e-mails during a recent computer crash. Please resend them(if it's not too late), and I'll get to them ASAP.
Our books open for 2009 on October 1 for our wonderful vacation homes, so keep an eye on our website and FrioMan Blog for our newest additions. We've had a wonderful summer so far, with all of our homes staying booked...despite the lower than normal River conditions.
Come on out. It's still the best vacation spot in Texas! If ya see me, HOLLER!
FrioMan Vacation Lodging
Concan, Texas
866-7CONCAN (reservations only please)
830-232-4210 information
830-279-5973 cell

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Dolly a Dud in Concan

It was hit and miss for rain from Dolly here in Concan, so the Frio River pretty much remains as it was. But vacationers are still coming in large numbers, with no cancellations. If you're comin up soon, just plan to find a nice place to swim, soak, and relax. Some hardy veterans of Frio River tubing are still making the local runs, but there is quite a bit of walking. Lot of sunshine in the forecast for the next week, but the weatherman has been known to be wrong....right!?

Recently, I had received several emails(not Blog comments)from folks with lots of questions about the area. Unfortunately, our computer crashed a week ago Friday, and we lost ALL of our emails, past and present. So if you're reading this(especially the guy who wrote the world champion longest e-mail to FrioMan ever), please resend your questions and I will do my best to answer all.

That's it for now, just lazin along like the Frio, slow & cool.
Take care, FrioMan

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Midsummer on the Frio River

Still dry, gettin hotter, and needin rain. The almost 1" that fell over four days last week has disappeared, but the vegetation looks better from it. According to our guests who are taking tube trips, 7 Bluffs down to the 2nd crossing is still about the best. However, we ran across some folks at Bunk Falls yesterday who had put in at 7 Bluffs, and were going all the way to the 1st crossing. It had taken them about 4 1/2 hours, which was an improvement from before the rains. We have a slight chance of rain in the forecast, so keep your fingers crossed! All of the pictures here are from yesterday afternoon, 7/15.

Bunk Falls

Hangin out at the 3rd crossing,

& lookin upstream.

These three photos were shot just below Bunk Falls, with the next get out for these folks at the 1st crossing. Please remember, all of the property that borders the Frio River is private, so if you trespass, it better be an emergency .

Everybody's havin fun, so you better make plans soon to come on out. We still have a few scattered openings during the week, so check our calendars and give us a call.
See yall at the Frio!

Friday, July 11, 2008

Babies, Rain, & Big Rigs

Well, the rains came and went, but didn't give rise to the Frio. We may have gotten as much as one inch total, just enough to give the vegetation a good drink. Some friends said they were sittin in the River one day, and the water came up about six inches or so. I'm still getting the same reports from Concan visitors. Some are tubing and enjoying despite the walking and slow flow, others are content to hang out at one of the crossings or go to Garner.

Lots of new life springing up in the area, so please drive slowly and give em a chance to grow.

Taken from Bethel early this week. Seems like most of the rain hit everywhere but here.

Early one morning before the folks hit the water at the 2nd crossing.

Two weeks back, this big rig tried switchin gears goin up the hill by Neal's...he didn't make it.

The crossing was blocked for 4 1/2 hours before equipment could be brought in to clear the bridge. Folks were having to go around through Knippa and Uvalde.

That's all for now. Rain is out of the forecast for now, but ya can't always believe what you hear.

Come on out, it's still the best place to be!


Tuesday, July 1, 2008

No changes.....yet

No rain yet, the Frio is slow and lazy, but our guests and other folks we visited with say they're still havin a great time. I shot these pics yesterday at Comanche Crossing, the 2nd x-ing, and from the deck at Vista del Rio.

Visitors are still tubing, but there's quite a bit of walking, so be prepared for 4-5 hour trips.
The best reports are still coming from upriver, going from FM 1120 to Happy Hollow. Lots of folks are hangin out at the many crossings, and at Garner State Park.
The Frio River is still the best vacation spot in Texas, regardless of how high or low it is, so come on out and enjoy your vacation!
See Ya Soon. FrioMan

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Everybody's Havin Fun

Hey Yall
I appreciate all the comments and e-mails, and figured I better give yall an update.
Low & slow. However, all of our guests and other folks we talk to, are having a great time hangin out at the many swimmin holes up and down the River. In Concan, the 1st and 3rd crossings are probably the best places right now. Quite a few of our guests have been spending time at Garner, where there is always deep water, plus the dance every night at the pavilion. I talked to the folks at Happy Hollow yesterday, and they said that tubing from 1120 to their store has been good, with not much walking(about two hours). They rent tubes, and provide shuttle to the crossings. They are located 1/2 mile north of Garner on US83.

Tubing here in Concan depends on the individual. Old hands are use to the highs and lows of the Frio River, and take it as it comes. Other folks get in their tubes, and don't want to get out til it's time to get back to camp. The average times now on the local trips are about 4 hours each leg, with walking. Some are saying that 3rd to 2nd is best, and others that 2nd xing to Neal's/Buchanan's is okay. Either way you go, remember to take plenty of H2O & sunscreen.
All in all, everybody we talk to have been very pleased with their vacation to the Best Little River Anywhere. They are tubing, swimming, going to the Frio Bat Cave, Garner dance, relaxing in the River and at their vacation home, and lots of other stuff.

See yall soon! FrioMan

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Memorial Day '08

Hi Guys
According to those that did get to the River(yours truly did not), there wasn't much room for the water. One of our guests said that they expected to take 5 hours going from 7 Bluffs to Neal's, but it took them 8 hours. I told them I couldn't believe that the Frio had slowed down that much in just a couple days, and they said the River was okay. It's just that there were so many tubers, floaters, & kayakers, they were moving verrry sloow. But come Monday, most folks were headed home, leaving the Frio to the lucky stragglers. With school still in session for most this week, we still have a few opening for this weekend, so come on out!

Looking up river from the bank at Vista del Rio

2nd x-ing

Comanche Crossing looking downriver

Comanche Crossing upriver
Unfortunately, there was a fatality this past weekend. A man visiting the Canyon was killed on his motorcycle in a collision with a car on TX 127, just down the road from the 1st crossing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family.
Hopefully, there will be nothing else but great times on the Frio from here on out.
Be safe, have fun, and we'll see ya soon!

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Seven Bluffs parking

Remember how far away you had to park last year from the 3rd crossing? Well, some local entrepreneurs have done some work to make it more convenient. There is now a nice $10 parking area right at the Seven Bluffs crossing.

As you can see, it's already getting used quite a bit.

3rd xing Saturday afternoon

3rd xing same time

2nd xing

There were lots of visitors to the Frio River this weekend, but a guy like this, needs to stay home, or get an education in Texas River etiquette! For those of you who do not understand this harsh statement, note the GLASS bottle in his hand. Glass containers are not allowed in, on, or near our beautiful Rivers. All yall veterans out there, please spread the word and let folks know that what they are doing is dangerous. I preached some about this last summer, but maybe I need to put a reminder in every post. If you've ever seen someone coming out of the Frio with their foot, arm, or other body part cut by glass left by some uncaring person, then you'll see where I'm comin from. I don't want to see any confrontations started, but if you see someone with glass containers on the Frio, let them know what the consequences could be. That same beer bottle, if broken and in the gravel forever, may harm someone he cares for sometime in the future.

That's it for now. And PLEASE, take care of the Frio River and the property you are staying at while you are here. Respect your fellow vacationers and us local folks who are happy to have you.

Seeya soon! FrioMan