On a Roll with Daisy 2013 travel blog

J.O.Y. Group

Community Pastor Don Reid with Stove Made by His Grandfather's Company, Bridge...

Jewel Sundbeck with Jewel Lard Can

John Freeman Coffee Can (Jewel said they could smell the coffee roasting...

Lady Bird's and Lyndon Johnson's Graves

Johnson Home - Front

Lockheed JetStar VC-140 with 4 Pratt & Whitney J-60 Turbojets Lockheed JetStar...

Tree Under Which LBJ Liked to Have Meetings in Good Weather

Glenda Alexander with Photo of President and Mrs. Johnson

Today a group of J.O.Y. (Just Older Youth) members went to the Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park. First, we saw the video at the visitor center. Then we drove over to the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. An interesting tidbit: Our community pastor noticed the cast iron wood-burning stove in one of the buildings and, on closer inspection, discovered that it had been made by his grandfather’s company, Bridge and Beach of St. Louis. I took his picture with it. (Bridge was his grandfather.)

Continuing along Park Road 1, which meanders around the ranch, we headed for the Texas White House. We made a brief stop at the Johnson family cemetery and President Johnson’s birthplace (recreated) before going on to the House for a docent-led tour of the lower floor. My hands were itching to take photos inside the house but, alas, photography is not allowed inside. It was an interesting tour.

On the way home we stopped in Johnson City at Ronnie’s Pit BBQ for a late lunch. By the time we arrived, most of the food was gone but there still was plenty to feed all of us; there just weren’t as many selections. The food was good. but the ambiance and décor were, well… lacking. Anyway, it’s worth a stop. The food, after all, is the most important thing.

We saw only a few small patches of bluebonnets and other wildflowers. It was disappointing but not unexpected, due to the prolonged drought.

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