What led to this horrible destruction? Upstream from Wimberley, six inches of rain fell in three hours. That was in addition to rain that had already fallen, leaving the ground saturated. All that water had to go somewhere. It went downstream, picking up speed and debris as it swept downhill. Mashable.com has the best description of the chronology of events.
We love Wimberley and have done Volksmarches there, hiked with friends to the top of Prayer Mountain, explored Jacobs Well and The Blue Hole, and shopped and dined in this "little bit of heaven," as described by Wimberley residents. The "downtown" is just plain cute with good eateries.
But I'm getting ahead of our day's chronology. For our drive north to Wimberley, Bob wanted to show me the beautiful area he runs in when he's in the final days of training for the San Antonio Rock 'n' Roll Marathon in November.
The road took us along the Guadalupe River (which had no damage), through gorgeous Texas Hill Country, past many businesses where you can rent "toobs" to go down the river, and lots of RV parks. The route is lovely.
|Tree tunnel along the Guadalupe River|
|Guadalupe River below Canyon Lake|
|You can get it all here!|
|RV park on the riverbank|
|American flag flying over the road|
|Lone kayaker on the Guadalupe River|
|A vintage Airstream food truck in Sattler, Texas|
|Damaged guardrail on Blanco River Bridge|
|Cypress Creek Cafe|
|Two artsy guitars above our table|
After lunch we walked down to Cypress Creek (no major damage) and hoofed it around town looking at all the six-foot tall painted boots (Bootiful Wimberley). We loved them!
|"Homegrown Music," by David Richardson|
|Turtles on the rocks - Cypress Creek|
|"Boot Hill," by Dan Moore|
|Boot painting by Bejat McCracken|
|"East Meets West," by Rozi Turnbull|
|This beautiful home is ruined. You can see|
the right side wall is no longer attached at the bottom.
|Close up of the roof collapse|
|Side view of roof collapse|
|A whole row of old bald cypress trees downed|
|Once stately trees used to provide much-needed shade|
|Part of a house in the debris along the riverbank|
|Some trees seemed untouched, while others next to |
them were down.
|Stairs to the river were washed away - now |
perilous ladders line the bank.
|A number of houses were gutted|
|The foundation is here...the house is gone.|
|Hotel Flora and Fauna was not touched|
|Could not find name or artist for this boot|
|The Blanco River in Wimberley|
|Must have the cooler along!|
|Toobing the Guadalupe River near Sattler, Texas|