Growing up in Austin, there was always at least one trip to the river every year, and it was usually the Comal or the Guadalupe. Taking to a black rubber tube to float the river immediately puts you at ease. For the next 4 hours or so, the only expectation is to enjoy the slow and steady ride through the tall oak trees. It is an exceptional experience that places rivers in a superior standing in the categories of water.
As an accessible staycation option, the beautiful drive to Mo Ranch relaxes the soul. Set out in the Texas Hill Country, just outside of Kerrville, Mo Ranch showcases the Guadalupe River with trails, lookout points, canoes, and waterfalls.
500-acres of serene Texas hill Country make this just the place to escape for a quick getaway. With endless room types from casitas to entire homes, there is numerous possibilities to vacation comfortably with family and friends or host a celebratory reunion. While there is WI-FI throughout Mo Ranch, there is no cell phone service, providing an easy excuse to disconnect for a few days and enjoy the property.
The tagline aptly invites anyone to “visit, stay, play and pray” which is the perfectly succinct subtitle for Mo Ranch. There is a labyrinth along the Guadalupe River that is based on the labyrinth design at Chartres Cathedral in France that lays the groundwork for a meaningful and intentional meditative prayer. The meandering path of the classical eleven-circuit labyrinth includes thirty-four turns in a single path which leads directly in and out of the center.
A labyrinth is an ancient symbol that relates to wholeness. It combines the imagery of the circle and the spiral into a meandering but purposeful path. The Labyrinth represents a journey to our own center and back again out into the world. At its most basic level the labyrinth is a metaphor for the journey to the center of your deepest self and back out into the world with a broadened understanding of who you are.
This installation is a beautiful depiction of everyone’s individual life journey and serves as an illustration that we are all exactly where we need to be on the path of life.
My son could not contain his excitement and smiled practically the entire visit. Everything from the chicken coop to the toddler pool to the proximity to the flowing river enticed his sweet little outdoor spirit. There is a cafeteria on-site, which allows for a quick and easy meal solution and honestly, I appreciated the break in my constant cooking routine at home. Be sure to bring any desired groceries, as the closest store is a quaint country gas station about 20 minutes away.
After taking a canoe out on the still water and sliding down the roller coaster waterslide, take the Wabbler Trail along the river for a great spot to just sit in the water or float the small rapids. It is the perfect family vacation to just relax and enjoy the view. With all the uncertainty of a national pandemic in 2020, the opportunity to just relish in the beauty of God’s creation and breathe in the fresh country air is a welcome retreat.