On Monday, February 2, Susan, Darren and and I took an hour-long drive from San Antonio to do a 5k (3.1 mile) Volksmarch at Palmetto State Park, known for its dwarf palm trees, followed by a 10k (6.2 mile) Volksmarch in historic Gonzales, Texas.
We made a short pit stop at a Rest Area. Normally, I wouldn't write about a Rest Area, but this one had very nice displays. A few minutes of our time was spent examining the exhibits.
|Susan M. looking "captive-ated."|
|Darren and Susan amongst the Rest Area exhibits.|
|Susan M. and Darren M.|
|Winter on a Palmetto State Park trail|
|A little cutie checking us out.|
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was active in Palmetto State Park from 1934 to 1937. Below is the Refectory designed by Olin Smith, an architect working for the State Parks Board, but funded by the National Park Service. According to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website:
"Carrying the design aim of indigenous architecture further than any other like-minded project, the remarkable native-sandstone, splayed-boulder refectory seems to grow right out of the ground. With the area's lush 'tropical' vegetation and unusual wetlands in mind, architect Smith designed the sandstone to appear as if emerging from the soil to form walls, thus blurring the distinction between nature and culture. To complete the illusion, the building’s first roof was thatched with palmetto fronds—reportedly cut and carried from Huntsville State Park."
|Palmetto State Park's Refectory|
|Water Tower/Storage Building built by CCC|
|San Marcos River low water crossing|
When we finished our 5k walk at Palmetto State Park, we headed about eight miles southeast to the town of Gonzales, Texas.
As is the case with many Texas towns, Gonzales is rife with history. Darren wanted to put his last Texas historical marker stamp in his special Volksmarch booklet. He could have put 20 stamps in that booklet with all the historical markers we came across today.
Because it was lunchtime, we looked over the 10k Volksmarch route to see if we could do 5k of our walk, eat lunch at Running M Bar and Grill, and then continue the remaining 5k after lunch. Piece of cake, we could easily eat lunch in the middle portion of our walk.
The Gonzales Volksmarch starts at the old jail which is now the Gonzales Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center and Old Jail Museum. Susan and I mugged for the camera in front of the old jail.
|Just call me Grumpy Cat|
|Gonzales County Courthouse|
|The old oak trees were impressive!|
|We walked a lot of the Driving Tour route.|
|I love this home!|
We had lunch at the Running M Bar and Grill. Fortified, we continued on to the Gonzales Memorial Museum. For a small museum, it sure packs a punch in the history contained therein. You can read more about it in my blog, "Exploring Historic Gonzales, Texas, on Foot." The last time we were at the museum, I did not notice the limestone walls loaded with fossils! Found 'em this time, I did.
|Fossils in a limestone wall at |
Gonzales Memorial Museum Amphitheater.
|Old advertising on a historic Mobil Service Station.|
|Pegasus atop an old Mobil Service Station|
Thanks for taking the time to learn about a small town in Texas and one of our interesting state parks.
Travel Bug out.