Our 45-minute drive to New Braunfels was uneventful, though there were some speed traps along the way in Schertz. Starting point for our 11K New Braunfels walk was at Faust [historic] Hotel. The day was overcast so the temperature stayed in the low 70s all afternoon, making for a comfortable walk.
New Braunfels is known for the Sophienburg Museum, fresh-water springs, Naegelin's Bakery, Landa Park, Schlitterbahn Water Park, tin roofs, the Founder's Oak Tree, beautiful old homes, and the Wurstfest in November. We saw all of those and more on our walk today.
When we exited the hotel, we made a wrong turn and went a block in the wrong direction. Our printed instructions left off the first couple of turns. (The first directions were on our walk envelope.) When I remembered that piece of trivia from the last time that Peri and I did the walk, we got ourselves straightened out and we were off.
Quite a few murals grace buildings in New Braunfels showcasing the history of the area and the town. The murals are so large it is hard to capture them in a photo as you can see below...
The first three photos are part of the Spass (fun) & Gemutlichkeit (fellowship) mural which spans the length of a restaurant/bakery wall.
The next building we passed also had a huge mural, Founding - City of a Prince, depicting German settlers arriving in America.
|Click to enlarge.|
|German immigrants headed for Galveston, Texas.|
|First public Christmas tree in Texas.|
|Henne Hardward, built 1893.|
|What happens if you get too comfortable on your porch!|
|Monster spider webs, ewww!|
|Woodings Railcar - see photos below.|
|Used by the railroad to check tracks and ties...|
|...until a newer pickup-sized railcar was invented.|
|I played engineer and waved at Bob.|
|It's a Trackside Phone Box.|
Our walk continued down the other side of the main street (San Antonio Street) until we came to a round-about, where we made a left-hand turn and headed for Landa Park and the Wurstfest.
|Next to Gate #1 of the Wurstfest grounds.|
|Detail from part of the mai baum.|
|Landa Park Railroad.|
|Cypress tree roots and spring-fed creek.|
|The Founder's Oak.|
Landa park is a lovely outdoor landscape filled with water, picnic tables, ducks, geese, egrets, deer, and an arboretum.
|A hint of fall color!|
|Cypress knees look like little critters at water's edge.|
|Gazebo makes a nice frame.|
|Resident geese settling in for a nap.|
|Stream from one of the park's springs.|
|A study in ripples...tree and water.|
|Aww, how cute is that?!|
|I think this is sumac.|
|Mexican Bird of Paradise tree.|
|Landa Park Railroad making the rounds in the park.|
After spending time in the festival grounds, we continued our walk along the Comal River, shortest river in Texas at 2.5 miles. Even though it's November and the temperature was low 70s, some hardy folks were "toobing" the river. One man told us the river temperature is 72 degrees, which is very similar to the air temperature.
|Comal River Cottages - wouldn't mind staying there!|
|Young buck in Prince Solms Park.|
|Schlitterbahn Water Park, Bamboozle Bay.|
|Comal River Toobers.|
|A gorgeous home that backs up to the Comal River.|
|Prince Carl of Solms-Braunfels statue.|
You can read about our best Wurstfest experience in my next blog.
Travel Bug on walk-about.