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Friday, May 11, 2012

Let's go to Luckenbach, Texas - May 11, 2012

One of the best places we have found to sit back, relax, and listen to some good ole texas music.

There were a lot of signs and such to remind you where you were in case you drank too much.

Ain't it the truth??!

The outdoor music stage sits along a nice little creek.

We had the pleasure of listening to Bridgette London perform.

and a great poetic storyteller that was pretty impressive with his verse.

and we found a new (to us)  Texas beer....brewed in Blanco, Texas.

Searching for a Great CFS

It used to not be such a quest to find a good Chicken Fried Steak in Texas.  To make one the only ingredients you need are flour, steak, an egg, buttermilk and salt and pepper. However, times have changed and there are plenty of CFS inposters out there.

We drove through the country north of Fredericksburg on a rainy day to a restaurant sitting way out by itself on a hilltop.

The roof says Hilltop

The owner used to play for Asleep at the Wheel and he has lots of memorabilia inside the cafe.

A funky decor. 

Live music starts at 6:30 pm on weekends (not Sunday)
Pondering the rain

They are known for Cajun food but my CFS was akin to an 8 oz sirloin instead of round steak. It came with a cajun okra/tomato dish, potatoes, and grilled veggies. It was all yummy.

Someone else at my table opted for a potato-jalapeno soup

Sunday, May 6, 2012

A Cave Without a Name - Boerne, Texas

A Cave Without A Name is outside of Boerne, Texas.  While the Eyring family was visiting us this weekend, we decided to take a tour.

The cave is a live cave; the tour was fantastic because you could get close to the formations, and we were  in a small group for our tour.  Plus, it was about 66 degrees in there while outside it was reaching 90.  A perfect afternoon let see what are they so interested in...

The ripples in the pool came out great, click to enlarge.  It is really hard shooting in the caverns, so any picture that comes out is a gift.

A ribbon formation...

They are looking down into a small river that runs through the cave.

Well, Colin is having a great time.  He may think he is in the batcave...

There were over 136 steps...not a real deep cave, but very unique.

Lady Bird Municipal Park Fredericksburg Nature Hike

Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park has a very nice nature trail.  So when the Eyring family came to visit for the weekend, we took a little walk.

A thistle ...looks like this flower may have inspired Dr. Seuss to imgine Whoville.

Katherine catching butterflies.  She finally caught one after an hour.

Jennifer, Matt, Wayne, Colin, and Katherine on the trail.

Of course, butterflies.  There are butterflies everywhere in the hill country, but you never tire of trying to capture  them.

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Duck Feeding, Nature Hike, and Cavern Tour

Everything was cool until the Geese showed up.

Some pictures of the nature hike but not of the big fast snake I saw.

Sees the Bees?

Morning, Glory!

The cave with no name

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Pacific War Museum - Fredericksburg, Texas

There are many long walls with plaques honoring those who served. You can almost get through this museum if you allow two days. One of the most unique museums we have visited.

Some plaques had touching stories; the pics reminded you how young these boys were.

The midget sub we captured at Pearl Harbor

B-24 Mitchell

An icon of the conflict 

Avenger Torpedo Bomber

PT-309. One of the few that survived the war

Recreation of Tarawa. Hard to see all the pillboxes, bunkers, etc.