Friday, April 20, 2012

The LBJ Ranch, Wildseed Farms and Luckenbach, Texas

When I left you last, we were on our last day at Potter’s Creek COE at  Canyon Lake, TX and the weather report for Sunday, travel day, was not looking good. As we expected, Sunday morning was extremely windy and as the morning progressed, the wind increased and the sky became eerily black. There were high wind and storm warnings and it was not a condition favorable for a high profile vehicle. Rick drove the Jeep to the office and asked them if we could extend for an additional day due to weather conditions. They didn’t hesitate to allow this telling him they wouldn’t want to travel in this weather either. So now we know. The 14 day limit at COE parks is flexible, at least  if there is a weather issue.

On Monday, the sun was shining, the wind was much, much calmer and we left Potter’s Creek. Our destination was less than 100 miles west in Kerrville, TX. We arrived at Triple T RV Resort mid-afternoon and settled into site 22. This park has a lot of potential. It’s fairly new, but it looks like the money ran out and development has been halted pending additional funding. We had a nice long, gravel pull through site and it is fairly level. Many of the sites need help with the leveling aspect.

Our view toward the entrance

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Rick checking out the water temp at the pool.

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Lucy, from our view walking back from the pool area

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All in all, this is a nice place. The personnel are friendly and helpful, the price is right and, if it’s still in operation the next time we are through this area, we’d definitely stay here again.

After catching up on laundry on Tuesday, we took off to play on Wednesday. First up, the LBJ ranch.  The LBJ ranch is located on the Pedernales River. President and Mrs. Johnson donated a large portion of the ranch to the National Park Service in 1972.  After the President’s death in 1973, Mrs. Johnson continued to live at the Ranch part time until her death in 2007. President Johnson stipulated to park planners that the ranch remain a working ranch and not turn into a “sterile relic of the past”. To comply with that stipulation, the NPS maintains a herd of Hereford cattle descended from the President’s registered herd and manages the land as of living demonstration of ranching the LBJ way.

The Visitor’s Center where you must check in and get a permit to drive the ranch. What surprised me was that the tour is completely free (except for the interior of the house-$2) and they give you maps and a CD to listen to as you drive the ranch.

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The Junction School, the first school LBJ attended at the age of 4.

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The (reconstructed) birthplace of Lyndon  Baines Johnson

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LBJ lived in the house he was born in for the first 5 years of his life.

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The Johnson Family Cemetery

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LBJ was laid to rest in this cemetery on January 25, 1973 at the age of 64.

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The farmhouse owned by LBJ’s grandparents, Sam Sr. and Eliza. They lived here their entire lives.

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The beginning of the runway on the ranch where LBJ’s plane landed when he came home.

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More runway

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The runway ends at the Texas White House

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The Texas White House property

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Closer view of the house

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We chose not to do the interior home tour as only a very few rooms are available for viewing at this time. We enjoyed the self-guided tour of the ranch and would highly recommend it if you’re in this area.

Next stop: Luckenbach, Texas

While we were in the area, we couldn’t resist the pull to Luckenbach. Waylon and Willie and the boys were nowhere to be seen, but capitalism was alive and well :)

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The old Post Office, now a gift shop and bar

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The old Luckenbach, Texas dancehall…their claim to fame.

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A picnic area/beer garden out behind the gift shop/bar

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Memorial stone, commemorative stones and stones for any reason whatsoever placed outside the dance hall. Apparently, if you had the money, you could say whatever you wanted.

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An inventive use of the old outhouse and another way to get your money :)  These days, you get to use the portable blue Porta-Johns out in the parking lot!

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Beer garden and stage area

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Entertainment by Jimmy Lee Jones

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I’m guessing Jimmy Lee is 1 member of the 3 :)

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As we sat at a picnic table enjoying a refreshing Shiner Bock,

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I looked up and was surprised to see something high up in this tree. Do you see it?

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I zoomed in a little closer and what do I find but a big old rooster!

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Walking around to get a frontal view, Mr. Rooster stood at attention and started crowing…right in the middle of Jimmy Lee’s song :)  I’m still trying to figure out how he got up there so high!

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That’s about all there is to Luckenbach, Texas.  I wonder if Waylon Jennings knew what he was about to create when he penned that song?

Let's go to Luckenbach, Texas
With Waylon and Willie and the boys
This successful life we're livin'
Got us feuding like the Hatfields and McCoys
Between Hank Williams' pain songs and
Newberry's train songs and Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain
Out in Luckenbach, Texas ain't nobody feelin' no pain

Once we left Luckenbach, we headed to Fredericksburg to get a little lunch. On the way, we passed Wildseed Farms. What a stunning visual! They were doing a brisk business and the parking lot was almost full. I just wandered around taking pictures. Beautiful!

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Fields upon fields of wild flowers…

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Once again, I apologize for the number of photos, but it was just too hard to narrow it down to just a few. The display was spectacular!

We finally got to Fredericksburg and had our lunch. This sandwich was billed as “The Best Reuben in Town”.

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I don’t think so. I’m still on the hunt for the best. We’ve a couple more days in this area. I might find it yet :)

Monday, we leave and head west. See you from there.

Thanks for stopping by. Turtle

10 comments:

  1. Loved the wildflower photos. I think I would be just like you and take a gazillion! You can never get enough flower pics! Good post!

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  2. Beautiful wild flowers! Such a nice way to spend the day.
    And yes, chickens can fly (turkeys too) but not very far.
    Syl

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  3. Great tour of the LBJ ranch - I'd sure love to see that someday.

    Your wildflower pics are fantastic!

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  4. Thanks for the tour -- haven't been to Texas (except a few days in Dallas), so it's good to get a preview of some of the things we might be doing -- someday.

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  5. That 100 mile drive is just my kind. You did in one day what would take me 2 or 3 to do. What Beautiful wildflowers. Good luck on the reuben hunt. I like mine on seeded rye not on pumpernickle.

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  6. Great Post!! You sure packed a lot into one day!! If we had hit Wildseed Farms first, we never would have gotten any farther;o)) Beautiful pictures.

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  7. Beautiful flowers. Nice trip in the Hill country!

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  8. We were at Wildseed Farms on the 15th and loved it.

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  9. That rooster was in the tree when we were there. I have the same picture. Let us know if you will be passing through Las Cruces or Deming. We would love to get together again.

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  10. Very interesting! I also love the pictures of the flowers! Also forgot that LBJ passed away at such a young age. I guess back then I didn't think of it as young......:)

    Bruce and Laura

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