|Bob, Randall, Louise, Laura|
We backtracked to Boerne to head northeast on TX 46 to Spring Branch. Bob's mom, Louise, wanted to see a bookkeeping/tax service branch office owned by the lady she works for in Las Vegas. From Spring Branch, we drove north on US 281 to Johnson City.
A 30-minute movie about Lady Bird Johnson at the Lyndon Baines Johnson National Historical Park Visitor Center made me appreciate her and her work in conservation. She and I have a lot in common. Specifically, she loved nature and gardening, was independent, intelligent, and a bit shy. I respect the work she did to beautify America. In Texas, her work is evident when you see wildflowers bloom in spring along the highways.
We shopped in the national park gift store. I bought a "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" book. Now I can go back in my blogs and identify many flowers I could not find elsewhere.
For lunch we tried a place we hadn't been before: East Main Grill Restaurant, part of The Old Lumber Yard complex in Johnson City. Four happy tummies later, we rate this four thumbs up. I had an excellent Asian Salad. Bob had the grilled smoked turkey sandwich, and Laura and Louise split a three-cheese grilled cheese sandwich.
|Interior of Old Main Grill in Johnson City, TX|
|The Old Lumber Yard: Main Street Grill on the left;|
shopping in the building on the right. (Unknown people.)
On the driving tour we opted to start at the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. The Sauer-Beckmanns were neighbors of the Johnson family. A state park volunteer is on site talking about how life was lived on the farm in the 1880s.
|Cactus in bloom.|
|Butterfly on firewheel.|
|Laura in barn tackhouse, Sauer-Beckmann Farm.|
|Louise in pantry, Sauer-Beckmann Farm.|
|Bob standing in front of a machine to grind |
corn into cornmeal.
|Docent showing a dried pig bladder which |
was used to hold water.
|The Johnson family cemetery|
|A newborn fawn taking a drink.|
|I think she was trying to corral them!|
|A Laredo striped whiptail lizard at the barn.|
|Laura at the presidential podium.|
|Louise at the preisdential podium.|
The German-founded community of Fredericksburg was our next shopping destination. Laura was especially eager to shop in Dogologie, a store devoted to all things dog.
The most fun store we entered was Rustlin' Rob's Texas Gourmet Foods. OMG. Rows upon rows of samples were out for yummy food: jalapeno jelly, cherry cobbler in a jar, hot sauces, relishes, preserves, and sauces. Wheat crackers, pretzels and napkins were placed throughout the store to try out the different condiments and foods. We had so much fun tasting our way around. The store also sells fudge.
|Worth a visit!|
Louise and Laura split a burger and fries. Bob and I shared a turkey pastrami Reuben sandwich, red cabbage and hot German potato salad.
To end our tour, we stopped briefly in Comfort, Texas (an antique town). The main attraction we wanted to show them was the Treue der Union monument.
|History of the monument|
|Laura, Louise & Bob reading more history.|
Treue der Union is one of the few places in the U.S. allowed to fly the flag at half mast 24 hours a day.
|Flag always half mast.|
Travel bug out.