Fredericksburg, Texas White House, plus a Surprise

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

"Until justice is blind to color, until education is unaware of race, until opportunity is unconcerned with the color of men's skins, emancipation will be a proclamation but not a fact."
                                    -Lyndon B. Johnson

Wednesday's field trips were in the Hill Country. First stop: Fredericksburg, a town with much German influence, where we started with the Pacific War Museum. Most of us did a cursory walk-through but retired history professor Jack, of our group of friends, wanted to see (and read) it all! We walked, without Jack who was still in the museum, along Main Street checking out a few shops and even tasting some local wines. We decided to eat at Wheeler's Restaurant. John had German sausage which he said was OK, not great. I had a Reuben sandwich which was quite good. The six of us split up after lunch. John and I checked out Rustlin' Robs where there was a huge variety of salsas and sauces to taste. John discovered some hot ones! We shared a German sweet pretzel from the
bakery---very nice. The coach picked us up at 2 and we were headed to the LBJ complex.

The first stop was the Visitor Center where we viewed a film partly narrated by LBJ himself. We had a little while to browse the exhibits and gift shop. Our driver, Michael, then drove us around the ranch while we listened to an audio narration. We saw many cows ---with branded horns. There were a number of deer grazing as well.

We toured the Texas White House where there were park rangers in some of the rooms to relate stories about LBJ and Lady Bird. The last bus stop was the cemetery where the former president and first lady are buried.

After leaving the ranch, Michael took us on some very curvy roads to Luckenbach, which was a surprise as it was not on our itinerary. While we still didn't know where we were headed, Christina and Della played the Waylon Jennings song "Luckenbach, Texas" and then told us we would stop there for a cold one. As long-time country music fans, both John and I just had to get Tshirts and he chose a visor, too. It was a fun stop and a cool surprise! And, you know, "Everybody is somebody in Luckenbach!"

Click on the youtube link to hear the song. Just X out the advertising at the beginning.

Then we were "on the road again" to Waring and realized that these were the REALLY curvy roads! When we arrived at the Waring General Store, Bret Michael's tour bus was parked there. I took a picture for my daughter who was a big fan at one time. It was "steak night" and we ate outdoors on picnic tables. There was salad with Texas ranch dressing---spicy, chalupas, quesadillas, mashed potatoes, rolls and of course, steak! Not the best but OK. We had beer with our meals---definitely not a bad thing. There was live music but NOT country---go figure! (OMG, I just this minute had a revelation! It was likely Bret Michaels playing!)  I was hoping to get John to dance but there wasn't even a dance floor!

We returned to the hotel about 8:30, pretty tired after another long, busy and fun day!

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