Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand - Saturday, December 30, 2023

Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand - Saturday, December 30, 2023
Dunedin Railway Station, Dunedin, South Island, New Zealand - Saturday, December 30, 2023

Saturday, July 18, 2020

Longhorns, Bison, Peaches - We Must Be in Texas - Saturday, July 18, 2020

I confess. I am a night owl. My usual bedtime is 1:00 - 3:00 a.m. Last night, I went to bed early and got up at 3:00 a.m. You see, if you want to Volksmarch in Texas in the summertime, you need to start when the sun comes up. I left our place at 4:30 a.m. to meet Susan Medlin at her place at 5:00 a.m. She was outside waiting for me and I moved all my stuff to her car. We drove 1-1/2 hours northwest to Fredericksburg, Texas, to walk at LBJ Ranch. 

Traffic was light and we arrived at LBJ Ranch National Historic Site at 6:30 where we signed in for the walk and stamped our books. We were given walk directions and started out going past statue plaza, and then headed toward the fenced pasture, Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm, and the bison enclosure. 

LBJ Statue Plaza

In case you're wondering
what he's pointing at.

Woods and shade, yay!
History of the Sauer's and
Beckmann's, German settlers.

Statue at the bison enclosure.

We went through the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm enclosure twice. The second time, we went past the sheep. It was all I could do not rub the wool on them, but no petting allowed.

Don't you just want to love on 'em?

Once out the gate of the Living History Farm, we went through the woods again on our way to another fenced area. This time, longhorns came into view. We encircled their enclosure and passed through the Danz Homestead. 

Texas Longhorn.

Susan Medlin,
John & Lisa Bohnert.

Danz cabin.

After leaving the Danz Homestead, we walked on the side of Ranch Road 1 along the Pedernales River for a couple of miles.  I made a detour back to the Visitor Center to use the facilities and told Susan I would catch up with her.

Walking along the Pedernales River is so peaceful. I can understand why LBJ loved staying out here.

Pedernales River. 

The other side of the longhorn pasture.

When LBJ was here there was a grand entrance to the ranch. Guests would drive along the river and then cross the river just below a small dam. 

The driveway across the river. 

Another view of the drive across the river.

I caught up with Susan and we headed back to the parking lot. The bison had just been fed in the bison enclosure, so I snapped a couple of shots.

Trinity Lutheran Church.
Bison bulls.

From the historic site, we traveled about ten miles west to Jenschke Orchards to buy fresh peaches and peach salsa. Not only that, we saw they had peach cobbler and peach ice cream. We'll each take one cobbler, warm, with peach ice cream. Yum!

When we got back to Susan's house, we worked on a tropical jigsaw puzzle. I went home at 12:30 p.m. We had a great morning. 

The rest of the day, I relaxed at home. Bob went out and picked up Papa John's Pizza for dinner. Then I settled in to watch "My Cat from Hell." That's a fascinating show for cat lovers or people who are thinking about getting a cat. 

That's all for now. Big news may be coming on Monday. Stay tuned!


  1. Thanks for the photos. Glad to see the longhorns and bison cooperate for photos -- sometimes they're off in the distance on the far side of their pens.

    1. You're welcome. We didn't see the bison in the enclosure by the resident ranger RV sites. We saw them along the the main road on the backside of the park. Apparently they had just been fed in that location.

      We saw the longhorns in the middle of the field by the Danz Homestead. They were highlighted by the sun and looked awesome in the early-morning light!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment!


  2. We volunteered there last winter. Very cool place.


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