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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Glorious Colors of Fall at Lost Maples State Park, Vanderpool, Texas


Fall in Lost Maples State Park is a must see.  Put it on your bucket list! It is hard to decide exactly when to go seeing fall colors depend on the weather;however,  the state park website has a foliage report to help in planning.  Lost maples is exactly an hour south from Kerrville. Our kids were suppose to come up to hike this trail with us, but the weather last weekend was terrible and this weekend is suppose to be worst, so we tried to capture all the pretty sights for those of you that could not personally come see this spectacular display. Would have loved to see our grand kids reaction to their first fall!!  The neat thing about today's hike, sunny, and cool, and the leaves were falling as we walked the mile and a half loop. When we arrived we were surprised how many people were there on a weekday...the ranger said the weekends are three times as crowded.  Nice to know that people are still willing to drive to pretty much the middle of nowhere to enjoy mother nature's spectacular display.  So, if you ever plan on going, try for a weekday hike.  You have to enlarge each photo to get a better view. Enjoy!























Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Fall Along the Guadalupe River near Hunt, Texas

Hunt, Texas, about 15 miles west of Kerrville on Hwy. 39 .  Once you get to Hunt, you take 1306 for a thirty min scenic drive along the northern part of Guadalupe.  There are several river crossings that are beautiful any time of year, but the fall colors of the cypress trees are pretty impressive. Click on any pic to enlarge to capture the full magnitude of these colors.










Saturday, November 9, 2013

Comfort, Texas - The Hill Country

    Comfort, Texas is 15 miles east of Kerrville off I 10 and about 45 min. west of San Antonio. The town follows the Gauadalupe River, and during 1978 a flash flood destroyed many of the historic buildings .  Approximately 2000 people call this their home today. The historic downtown offers a variety of shopping, eateries, and bed and breakfast accommodations.

Comfort, Texas was established by German settlers in 1854. Traveling  from New Braunfels, the small group of settlers, known as Freethinkers,  was so pleased by this picturesque site and pure water that they named it Camp Comfort.  Click to enlarge a fuller explanation...it was really quite interesting to read about these settlers.

One of the cutest corners in all the hill country.


Loved going into all the historic houses that are now boutique businesses.

Yes, we were tempted...

This can put you in the right frame of mind for shopping

Yes, it is still operational...

The bank still operational

Creative yard art




This is the local tavern...thus, the  "meet" market.  Plus, the owner was really into the Beatles...



We can't post all the scarecrows that adorned this town.  We counted at least twenty scarecrow variations on porches, business fronts, even at the entrance into town.  They like scarecrows here.

Comfort is known for great antique shopping...you can see why

this one antique store was simply amazing...it is tough when you see so many things from your childhood in an antique mart!



And when you have enough shopping, you drive five min. outside of town to Singing Waters Winery.  Live music and a good bottle of wine- perfect ending to a great day.  

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Kerrville, Texas

Kerrville is located about an hour west of San Antonio alongside Interstate 10.  The town itself sits along the Guadalupe River.  One of our favorite things to do in Kerrville is to go tot he Riverside Nature Center and hike along the riverside trail.  The trail begins at the center and will take you to the historic downtown area.

The center was closed when we arrived but the trail is always open.


Seeing hunting season opened yesterday, this deer thought she had found a safe hideaway probably.

The trail takes you down to a beautiful, serene walk alongside the Gaudalupe.



Fall is arriving

No photo shop here!

Mr squirrel came out to see if we brought him anything tasty.

Of course, they were interested in seeing if Wayne brought bread.

the bridge that takes you into downtown.


The old theatre, which is sadly not used. 

It took awhile to figure out why there was a question mark on that sign...but we got it.

The downtown could use some entrepreneurs.  About half of the shops are still in business.



This is a great bookstore.

The Schreiner Mansion, 1879.  Besides building this beautiful home, which is fully resorted, Charles Schreiner donated 140 acres and created a boys' military high school & two-year college, known as Schreiner Institute a few miles down the road. The school eventually became Schreiner University, a four-year private liberal arts college that is still operational today.

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One of favorite places to eat, The Hill Country Cafe.  It is must try; homecooked and great service. Only opened for breakfast and lunch.  They still serve patty melts, liver and onions, cottage cheese and peaches, and some of the best hash browns among blue plate specials everyday.  Great service always.

Our favorite place to grab one of the best breakfast tacos we have ever eaten.

We love hanging out in Kerrville...