Trip Start Jan 06, 2011
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Oakwood RV Resort

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Saturday, April 9, 2011

Saturday, April 9th

Today we got up and headed out to Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Everything said to get there early because once the parking lot fills up they stop letting people in. We got there around 9:30am and went out the Summit Trail to hike up to the top of Enchanted Rock. The Summit Trail climbs 425 ft. in 0.6 miles so it was aggressive getting up there. I was definitely a little winded but we had a good time climbing up. Nash really loved it. The views from the top were awesome and there was a great breeze going so it wasn't even to hot out. We spent a long time climbing around the rocks up there and had a great snack of bread and cheese up on a secluded rock.  After we were finished up on the Enchanted Rock we headed down to take the Echo Canyon Trail to the Loop Trail. These trails were pretty cool, they wouldn't have been that good on their own but they were definitely enjoyable.

After finishing up our hike we headed back to the RV to get cleaned up and have some lunch. Then we headed to the Fredericksburg Winery to taste some wines. After our tasting we walked around the town some and hit up Water 2 Wine for some more tastings. After walking around the town some more we headed back to the RV to drive over to Rancho Ponte for some more wine tastings. These were definitely t he best wines of the days, but they were also the most expensive so we didn't buy any bottles. We each got a glass though so we could hang outside and enjoy the winery. After leaving the winery we headed back in to town to go to Auslander which is a biergarten/restaurant. We each had one beer and split a delicious plate of smoked meats and cheese.

Once we finished up our beers we headed back to the campground so that I could catch up on blogging and we could eat dinner. (Sorry for being so delayed on our blogging, but we have been pretty busy and getting in later than usual. I have pretty much been going right to bed when we get home from places.)

Sunday, April 10th

Today we headed down to the National Museum of the Pacific War in downtown Fredericksburg, TX. The museum takes up a city block and consists of the Admiral Nimitz Museum, George H.W. Bush Gallery, Pacific Combat Zone, Japanese Garden of Peace, Memorial Courtyard, and Plaza of the Presidents.  We started with the George H.W. Bush Gallery, which is the largest part of the museum.  We ended up spending about 2 hours in here and had to rush through the end to get to the Pacific Combat Zone in time for the 1pm tour. 

The George H.W. Bush Gallery basically starts with some background information on Japan and earlier conflicts they have had, then on to a visual and audio presentation about the bombing of Pearl Harbor, it then has lengthy information on the rest of the war up to the dropping of the atomic bomb, the surrender of Japan and the initial aftermath of the war.  It was a really interesting museum (Dad you would have loved it) and we definitely could have spent longer, but like I said we wanted to catch the 1pm tour at the combat zone. This was definitely a really nice gallery with tons of reading.

The Pacific Combat Zone is actually about a block and a half down from the rest of the museum. It is a guided tour that goes every hour on the hour. It is a 3 acre indoor/outdoor exhibit area that has different planes, boats, tanks, and guns used throughout the war. The guide was full of lots of knowledge about each piece they had and answered any questions people had. In addition to all the US equipment they had there also were two Japanese tanks, which were pretty beat up from the war. I found the last exhibit really cool. They had recently received crates full of medical supplies that were never used but were prepared for WWII. Our guide told us that the US had expected the war to go on for about 2 more years and they were gearing up their medical supplies in anticipation.  When the war ended they crated up all these supplies and put them in the basements of county court houses throughout the US, in case they were ever needed again. The guide said they figured that court houses all had basements so it would be a good place to store them. The museum received the crates full of equipment from a local county courthouse that just found it in their basement when they were cleaning it out. He said everyone knew the crates were there but never knew what was in them because they had just always been there. They were going to through it out until someone noticed the date on the side of one of the crates and figured they should open them up to check them out. It was really neat to see all the old medical equipment. It was all still in really good shape. Our guide also told us that a guy on one of his tours one time told him that he was a medic during the Korean Conflict and they had used some of the equipment from WWII because it was all still good equipment.

Also, if we had timed it right another cool thing they have is once a month (from like May until September or something) they do reenactments in the Pacific Combat Zone. They have an entire beach area set up and the guide said they use a guy that blows stuff up for movies so it is lots of fire and really intense. It sounded like it would definitely be cool to check out.

After finishing up at the National Museum of the Pacific War we headed out of Fredericksburg for Stonewall, TX to hit up the Lyndon B. Johnson Ranch. 
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