Thursday, April 14, 2011

It just keeps getting better...

Beautiful 3.5 hour, 6 mile canoe trip on the lovely Navasota River yesterday. We are staying at Fort Parker State Park, have a nice site right on a lake.  Lots of hiking trails here and plenty of wildflowers too after a rain 2 days ago.  Jasmine are also blooming so the air on the trails is full of its perfume.  I am loving this! 

A couple of days ago we were in Georgetown, TX just north of Austin.  Poked around the courthouse plaza area that reminded us much of Prescott.  We are on a quest - is there a town somewhere we would enjoy as much as Prescott?  the answer is still "NO" but Georgetown is nice.

 We especially enjoyed beers on the sidewalk in the shade and breeze in front of this bar on the square.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

More TX Hill Country

Wonder what we do, day after day, in this Texas Hill country? There are so many cute little towns to explore.

Here's a look at the Bluebonnet Festival in Burnet...pronounce that BUR net. Click the Play button.

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Smilebox slideshow" src="" width=386 height=303> This lasted 3 days and included a car show, an air show and concert after concert on stage on the courthouse square. The parade was long and included a lawnchair drill team as well as the toilet plunger drill team. Was fun!

We've been staying in TX State Parks - very nice and a bargain with the $60 Annual Pass that has already saved us over $60.

This is Blanco (pronounced "BLANK o") State Park with it's unique swimming hole and falls on the Blanco River. The tiny town has a beautiful old courthouse and a Live Oak tree more than 500 years old.

Then, Pedernales Falls State Park campground that sits WAY above the Pedernales River because its floods are so high. Look at that tree trunk stuck way up high in the tree by the river...

Pronounce this one "PER den al is" like LBJ would have done. Lyndon Johnson's ranch and home town of Johnson City are straight west of here along the Pedernales River.

Wildflowers have been hard to find so I have contented myself with a few close ups and playing with Photoshop.