Saturday, April 27, 2013

Grandchildren visiting at Joe Pool Campground

Scot and Sondheim and Heather, Craig, Addie, Asher, and Claire came out for a cookout.  This is our site.

Pictures of the grandchildren (and granddog) in the Bluebonnets have become a tradition in the spring.
Here is Scot and his dog Sondheim.

Addie and Asher, stopped biking long enough for a picture.

Claire drove in, in her pink car.

Even Papa enjoyed a nap in the Bluebonnets.

Addie, Pralines, and I enjoyed the last pic.

Asher enjoyed our turtle biker.

Addie and Claire came out the next Saturday.

We all headed to the playground.

Papa and Claire walked the border of the park.

Everyone liked the slide.

 Even Heather had to try it.

Fun times!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Kathy and John came to visit.

Kathy and John came to visit us in Dallas.  

None of us had visited the Dallas Arboretum. and we had been told it was beautiful, so we decided to see for ourselves.

It was indeed.



and streams!

It was a good way to start a visit.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Wildflowers on a drive around the Willow Creek Loop

We were told the wildflowers weren't good this year, but since we hadn't been here before we were not disappointed, and look forward to the years when they are good.  We can't imagine.

No more words needed.

Last word was this interesting fence.  Yes these are boots.

Friday, April 5, 2013

Uptown Luckenbach and Downtown Luckenbach: Population 3

We went looking for Luckenbach, which hosts a wide range of visitors for live music events each weekend and offers Happy Hour, two for one, on Friday and Saturday, 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 pm. Our first stop was at Uptown Luckenbach.  It turned out to be a souvenior shop.

Most of the time it is self-serve. On we went to downtown Luckenbach.

Luckenbach today maintains a ghost town feel with its small population and strong western roots. One of its two main buildings houses the remnants of a post office, a working saloon, and a general store.  The other is a dance hall.  The post office was closed on April 30, 1971 and its zip code was retried.

You could ride a long horn.

Chickens and roosters were there to greet you.  They roosted in trees, so it is important to pick your picnic table carefully.

Bob tried writing the bull.

Dance floor was inviting.  We watch this visit, but we are thinking about leaning the Two-Step.

Good music and good friends, what more could you ask for.

Lyndon B. Johnson's State Park and National Park Site

We headed out early for me, at 9:00 am, to visit Lyndon Johnson's park and Historical site.
We started at the Visitor Center.  It has been our pattern lately to watch the video and we really enjoy the overview before we go exploring ourselves.  This park gave us a CD with a narrative to go along with our drive through the LBJ's ranch.

We saw lots of animals. Here are some bisons. Quit a large group.

At this size, we were glad they were content to stay on their side of the fence.

We saw beautiful horses.

And some of LBJ's cattle.

This is a Lutheran church where the Johnson's did not attend.

 This flower cross was leftover from last weeks Easter celebration.

I like the sentiment of this rock, which was under a tree in front of the church.

We stopped at the one room schoolhouse, where Lyndon started school at 4 years of age.

We stopped at the Nature Center and saw some of LBJ's cattle close up. You can see LBJ's brand on this steers horn.
The steer on the left weighted about 1900 lbs,

This is a two week old calf.

We entered the National Historical Park

and visited LBJ's birthplace and where he lived when he attended the one room school house.

We also visited the Johnson's Graveyard.

Milly and Larry had visited the ranch before, but the house was not open to the public, since Mrs. Johnson was alive and still living at the ranch up till 2007.  The house's bottom floor is now open and next year the second floor is going to be open to the public.

We entered by the airstrip and Air Force 1/2. This was the small plane the President took in from San Antonio.

The house tour took about 30 minutes and was very interesting.  We learned that the President and his family were Baptist and then they became Christians?????  
You will have to see the house yourself, as no photographs were allowed to be taken.
This is the side of the house.

Here is a picture of the pool.

We did get to take a picture of Luci's corvette.

We still needed to see Johnson City, but it would have to wait till another day.  We had plans for Happy Hour at Luckenbach.