The Hills have eyes...

Trip Start Feb 13, 2009
Trip End Feb 22, 2009

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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Okay we are off to the heartland of Texas. Keith's idea of adventure again. Why Kingsland, in the middle of nowhere? Texas Chain Saw Massacre is why. He is wanting to go to that house in the film turned into restaurant (, which has been moved from Georgetown a few miles north of Austin to its current location - one hour west.

Driving west on Texas highway 71 is easy enough. It sure will take us there. As we get further into Texas Hill Country. Land becomes wide open, less and less sign of civilization. We are crazy!!! We feel that we are the only tourists going that way for a building. We have to do something strange to keep this blog interesting. We pass Bee Cave, Spicewood, Marble Falls, and finally Kingsland. Keith is thrilled seeing the very house coming alive. Kim just hope that we can get some good food from there. Of course, our luck, they have stop serving lunch during Winter... and yes, Texas does have Winter. We can only see the building from outside. Hearing the sound of some kind of electric saw outback, Keith decides to take a look.....

Don't worry. We are still here to tell the story. Keith meets one of the owners, Greg Malik, who is busy with his electric saw and is kind enough to stop work for a second... proudly shows us the inside of this establishment. We feel extra special for this personal tour. Unbelievable small southern town hospitality.

It is now almost 2:00PM. We are starving... Where to eat? We ask a local, who recommends a place down the street call "Sweeet Thiiin'..." in his charming southern accent. 'Sweet Things', found it! We don't look like we belong there, but what's new. Food is decent and the waitress is friendly. We stuff ourselves... waitress is kind enough to show us the short cut to 'Enchanted Rock' (, Texas' answer to Uluru Rock ( Local knowledge of short cut helps.

Kim's heart dropped as she experienced NDE (Near Death Experience) when she made a mistake letting the crazy Brit take the wheels after lunch at 'Sweet Things'. You guessed it... this crazy dude turns onto the wrong side of a hilly road into unseen oncoming traffic. Luckily, the ranch road is not too busy. Phew....!!!

We are now on Texas Ranch Road 16 taking us closer to Ranch Road 965, when we can be Enchanted. We are surrounded with miles of empty land, ranch after ranch. Finally, the rock is in sight! The pink granite rock hill is glowing in the blazing sun! 1,825 feet high is not too bad to climb. On the way up, Keith meets a young fan, who thinks that Keith is INDIANA JONES. After the climb, the young fan insists his mom for the photo with Mr. Jones! How sweet.

After the climb, we are heading south on Texas Ranch Road 965 toward Fredericksburg. We would never have thought... strong German influence here. We are here for "Catfish Haven", right on Fredericksburg Main Street. That's right... "Catfish Heaven". We have grilled catfish with cajun seasoning. Good home country cooking and staff is friendly. Thumbs up from us. Driving on the main street, we cannot help but notice 'Old German Bakery'... Biergarden. Need we say more...strong German influence.

The road back to Austin is long and filled with wineries, ranches, cattle, longhorns... and the land seems to go on forever as the eyes can see...

Another long day in Texas....
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