This morning I left Georgetown around 10:00, heading for the Cen-Tex campout at Waco. Because of road construction on I-35, the going was sometimes slow. This was especially true in the Temple-Belton area. It came to a complete stop only a couple of times for just a few minutes.
This afternoon there was heavy rain with some small hail for several minutes. Then the storm passed and there was some welcome sunshine. Tonight we had a nice potluck dinner in the clubroom. Donette Harpole and I were the April birthday honorees. Larry Jaynes was also included because he had missed the March campout. We had a visitor, Connie McGuire, from another Loners on Wheels chapter.
Tonight a few members went to a dance, while the rest of us stayed in and played table games. The weather is a bit unsettled. It rained very hard for a little while and the wind was quite strong.
Today most of the group visited the Homestead Traditional Crafts Village at Brazos de Dios at Elm Mott, just north of Waco. This was my third visit. I found a 2005 article from “Christianity Today” which states: “This intentional Christian agricultural and crafts community blends Pentecostal fervor with Anabaptist simplicity and accountability. The group is divided into the Brazos de Dios residential community (named after the river that runs through its property) and Homestead Heritage, the umbrella organization under which they do all their work. Brazos de Dios residents are not Amish or even Mennonites, although they have forged close ties with traditional Anabaptists. Rather, they are Christians from many different walks of life engaged together in a modern-day experiment in radical discipleship.”
Tonight we had dinner at George’s. The food and service were very good. It began raining again just about the time we arrived back at the campground.
Late this morning Stacey Flowers, Janie Holcombe (visitor) and I went to the visitor center to get some maps and then went to lunch at Manny’s on the River. Since the weather was so pleasant, we sat outside where we had a good view of the Brazos River. The food was very good.
After lunch we drove first through Brazos Park East and then crossed the river into Cameron Park. We stopped at several places to walk around and take photos, the first of which was at the Mouth of the Bosque.
The next stop was at Jacob’s Ladder. The original wooden ladder was built in the early 1900s by James Sturgis to provide access for his family and the Waco Country Club (now called Cameron Park Clubhouse) to the river from the top of the bluff. In 1963 the City of Waco replaced the original ladder with stone steps. The arches are made from cedar trees found in the park.
Then we drove on to Miss Nellie’s Pretty Place where there was a large fountain and a nice view of the Brazos River. It is across the street from the Cameron Park Clubhouse.
By then Stacey and I were beginning to feel a bit queasy -- just on the edge of motion sickness -- so we stopped at the zoo to get sodas.
Our last stop was at the historic suspension bridge. It was completed in 1870 as a toll bridge. It is a single-span suspension bridge with a main span of 475 feet (145 m) and contains nearly three million bricks. It connects Indian Spring Park (on the southwest side of the river) with Doris D. Miller Park (on the northeast side of the river).
At the south end of the bridge is the wonderful “Branding the Brazos” public sculpture project by Robert Summers, which is a tribute to Waco’s days as a Chisholm Trail stop. There is a dark bronze herd of 25 longhorn cattle and three horsemen: (1) a vaquero, armed with a holstered shotgun and pistol, waving his sombrero at a steer that caused his horse to rear, (2) the trail boss at the head of the herd and (3) a black drover. Their saddles, boots, spurs, etc., are very detailed.
By the time we had finished our tour of Cameron Park it was time to head back to the campground for happy hour. For dinner this evening we had leftovers from Thursday night’s potluck.
There was another heavy rainstorm tonight.
STATS Route: I-35 N => TX 6 E => FM 3400 => FM 434 => Riverview Road Total Miles Driven from Georgetown: 70 Weather Conditions: Cloudy Road Conditions: Long sections under construction RV Park: Riverview Campground Park Conditions: Large trees, long pull-throughs, gravel roads, WiFi (30 minutes free), large clubrooms