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Mar 24, 2021 - Enchanted Rock

Llano, TX Enchanted Rock State Park is the home to the 2nd largest dome in the US and 4th most popular park in Texas. We had to make a reservation to be allowed in because of limited parking. Enchanted Rock itself is a pink granite mountain that very quickly rises 425' above the base elevation of the park. Its high point is 1,825' above sea level, and the entire dome covers 640 acres. Climbing the Rock is like climbing the stairs of a 30- or 40-story building. Although there were a number of choices for hiking, we immediately headed to the...

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Mar 23, 2021 - Bluebonnet hunting

Llano, TX Our first goal today on our hunt for bluebonnets was Six Mile Cemetery. We finally found it about 8 1/2 miles down the road. Bluebonnets crave full sun and most cemeteries are quite open so bluebonnets usually thrive there. Apparently we are just a bit too early for abundant carpets of bluebonnets. The cemetery was interesting anyway. Six Mile Cemetery was started in the early 1880s. The earliest marked grave belongs to a 5-month-old infant who died in 1883. Also buried at the cemetery are veterans of the Civil War, frontier...

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Mar 22, 2021 - Rain

Llano, TX Today it rained. Not a shower or little spurts of rain but rain for the entire day. The speed limit is 75 mph for most of our travels even though we were on 2-lane farm roads but hydroplaning in the rain was a serious possibility so our progress today was a bit slower than projected. We did spot 8 deer and 7 turkeys. The turkeys were right in the middle of the road, of course, requiring us to stop to allow them past. What dumb animals! Part of the purpose of this trip is to enjoy the spring profusion of bluebonnets, the state...

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May 18, 2017 - Cen-Tex Campout at Llano

THURSDAY Today I left for the campout a bit later than I normally do. I arrived at the Riverway RV Park about 4:30. There were only ten members at this campout. Some have already gone to Colorado to escape the Texas summer heat and some were ill. Our hostesses for this rally were Coco Davenport and Val White. The very talented Coco made a clever centerpiece that looked like a tiered layer cake. The “slices” of cake were little individual wedge-shaped boxes filled with candies. FRIDAY Today several of us went downtown to the courthouse...

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Mar 8, 2017 - Castell, TX

I went out for another morning drive in search of wildflowers. I found a few along a road that was loaded with them when we were here in June 2015 (2015 Texas Trek). I drove to the small town of Castell where there is a General Store that I thought that I could get breakfast. To my surprise they didn't have anything for breakfast, but the owner gave me a free cup of coffee. Randy Leifeste, the owner, introduced himself to me and began to tell me his story. He was born in Castell (pop 7) and lived there since he retired. Apparently the...

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Mar 7, 2017 - In Search of Bluebonnets

When it's springtime in the Hill Country, wildflowers begin to cover the countryside. Bluebonnets are the state flower of Texas and begin blooming as early as January down along the Rio Grande. I drove a circuit from Llano to Marble Falls to Burnet and then back to Llano and I wasn't disappointed. Bluebonnets have just started to bloom and will probably peak in a week or two. The orange Indian Paintbrushes are also blooming with a few Indian Blankets thrown in. I got quite a few pictures and I hope you enjoy them. Driving into Marble Falls,...

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Mar 6, 2017 - Texas Hill Country

We made our way across east Texas into the Hill Country today. It was raining when we started out, but by noon the rain had stopped and the sun started to break through. We arrived in Llano late in the afternoon just in time for dinner at Cooper's Old Time Pit BBQ where "It's all about the meat". We had brisket, roast pork, smoked sausage, slaw, potato salad, beans, and a Shiner Bock. Texas Hill Country is the Bar-B-Que capitol of the world and Cooper's Old Time Pit Bar-B-Que of Llano reportedly the best of the best in the Bar-B-Que...

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Aug 18, 2016 - Cen-Tex Campout at Llano

THURSDAY This morning, just about the time I finished my chores, it started sprinkling but I soon ran out of the showers. My first stop was at Discount Tires in Round Rock to have the air pressure checked. My two new front tires and the new valve extensions on the rear duals all were fine. The heavy rain didn’t start until mid-afternoon. The prediction is for this weather to continue over the next few days. Central Texas has had flash flooding for several days but, so far, nothing compared to the disastrous floods in Louisiana....

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Aug 20, 2015 - Cen-Tex Campout at Llano

Llano has several slogans: "Deer Capital of Texas", "Barbecue Capital of Texas", "The Way Texas Used To Be", "Hub of the Texas Hill Country" and "Land of Legend and Lure" – quite a big boast for a small town! THURSDAY This morning Ann and I were on our way to Llano shortly after ten. This is the first time Cen-Tex has had a rally in Llano so we didn’t really know what to expect. Everyone seems pleased with the park. We have four members with birthdays this month but none of them came. We celebrated their birthdays “in absencia” with...

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Jun 8, 2015 - Texas Hill Country Spring

I had originally planned on playing golf while we were staying next to the Llano Golf Course, but it's just too damn hot. It's a dry heat though. I took a drive along the Llano River yesterday while Sue recuperated in the AC. I spent 2 or 3 hours riding and walking along the road side and the river and taking pictures. The later spring wildflowers are in full bloom and are dominated by yellows, oranges, and white with a little pink and purple thrown in. Most appear to be Indian blanket, Coreopsis, brown-eyed Susan's, and some daisies. If...

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Jun 6, 2015 - Llano Pro Rodeo

Got home too late last night to post the rodeo pictures so here they are. I enjoyed the rodeo and have an appreciation for the toughness of the cowboys who participate. One guy had 3 broken ribs, but tried to ride a saddle bronc just the same. He fell off and could barely get up. He needed help getting off the arena floor. They take a real beating for not much reward. They're kind of like hockey players, but not nearly as well paid. Sue is sore, but no permanent damage. I went over to the rodeo parking lot this afternoon to look for her...

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Jun 6, 2015 - Back in the Hill Country

We headed southeast out of San Angelo on US 87 and retraced the route we took last Sunday to San Angelo. We passed through Eden, TX which calls itself the "Center of Texas". According to Texas Society of Professional Surveyors Eden lies 18.5 miles east northeast of the geodetic center of Texas. It's a small town of about 2,800 people of which half are prisoners at a Federal Prison in town. Further down the road is Brady, TX called the "Heart of Texas" which also claims to be the closest town to the center of Texas. Not sure if there is a...

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