Friday, April 20, 2012

Leaving Texas….slowly…

It seems to be taking us awhile to actually leave Texas this spring.  I think this is the first time we’ve actually had some time to explore around here and we’ve really enjoyed it.

On Tuesday, April 10 I did some laundry (in Dick & Karin’s fabulous washer & dryer) and Karin & I did a little more shopping.  I’m still trying to find fabric for a new duvet cover and haven’t had much luck yet.  Karin did steer me to a couple of blankets that were on sale to replace ours that are pretty frayed.

We bade Dick, Karin & Bailey so long on Wednesday, the 11th, at a little after 11 a.m. and headed for Schertz, which is just north of San Antonio.  We had a great time with Dick & Karin in Victoria – thanks for everything, friends!

We pulled into Stone Creek RV Park at about 2:00 and got settled in before hitting the road for some shopping.  We found a “Streets & Trips” at Best Buy for John’s computer (it even has a little GPS, so we’re hopeful that it will work good in the RV) and I finally found a set of sheets at the outlet mall in San Marcos that is close enough color-wise to use as a duvet cover.

We spent the next couple of days, Thursday, April 12 and Friday, April 13, running errands and just dinking around, including a visit to the Riverwalk in San Antonio – one of our favorites.


We also made a first time visit to the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in Austin.  It was raining as we arrived but stopped shortly after.  Unknown to us, we managed to come on one of the bi-annual flower sale days.  Huge crowds and we had to wait in line awhile just to get in.  But, then we wandered off down the paths while everyone else “shopped”.


John’s cousin, Judy and her husband, Rick, came up one evening for dinner and a visit.  It’s been fun getting to know them again after all these years!

On Saturday, the 14th, we moved from Schertz to Fredericksburg.  The less than 100 miles was a piece of cake.  We settled in at the Fredericksburg RV Park just a little south of the downtown area.  We quickly decided that we like F’burg!  Great shopping downtown (hardly any of the usual junk/touristy stores) and just a nice size place to hang out in. 

On Sunday, April 15, we met up with RVing friends, Greg & Jean.  Jean & I wandered through the shops while Greg & John explored the Museum of the Pacific War.  They only got through about half of it – it’s big!  The day before John & I had wandered through the local visitor center, where the lady there told us about the concert series that was just finishing up.  So, after Greg & Jean headed back to their RV park, we drove to the local Methodist church for a free concert by pianist, James Dick.  He was good!  We enjoyed it tremendously, although it was a bit strange to realize we were probably the only non-locals there…

Of course, the main reason for coming to this part of Texas was to see the world famous wildflowers.  So, on Monday, April 16 we did a big loop north of town ending up near Buchanan Lake before heading back home.


Last day to explore this area, so on Tuesday, April 17 we headed east of town to the LBJ Ranch.  We took the audio tour and enjoyed seeing the family cemetery & houses and visiting with the rangers at the show barns.  While there, the former president’s grandson “stopped” by in his helicopter, which was kind of fun!  Then we saw “Air Force One Half” and toured the house, which has only recently been opened to the public since Lady Bird’s death.  I especially enjoyed seeing the Friendship Stones behind the house where many famous people engraved their names. 


On our way home, we stopped by Wildseed Farms.  Love this place!  I won’t bore you with all my flower pictures, but here’s a few…


On our way out of Texas, we made a swing west to the town of Granbury to see John’s dad’s cousin, Gene, his wife Ruth, and Ruth’s daughter & husband, Judy & Dewey.  We spent the late afternoon of Wednesday, April 18th getting new tires for the car and then had a nice dinner with everyone at Gene’s favorite restaurant.

Around noon, on Thursday, April 19th, we left Midway Pines RV Park and made the fairly short drive to Richardson to see another of John’s cousins, Nancy, and her husband Jim.  We parked the RV on the street next to their house and had a fun time visiting with them that afternoon and evening.
Thanks, everyone, for your hospitality – it was great!

Tomorrow, we finally leave the great state of Texas for this seasonSmile

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