The 3 A's - Abilene, Amarillo, & Albuquerque

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Wednesday, February 29, 2012


 Well we have had a wonderful fortnight.  First of all, we left San Antonio and drove
to Johnson City and went to the Lyndon Baine Johnson ranch ( 36th President of the USA).  We could drive the van around and were given a cd to play, and it explained to us all the different buildings, and what we were looking at.  It was most interesting. We saw the house he was born in, the school he went to, the hangar & jet he used, the cemetery he and his family are buried in, and the white house he used while in office, the only president to use a place away from the main 'White House'. 

His grandparents and 2 of his aunts were  *Christadelphians, and encouraged him as a child to "Do what you can for the Jews, as they are Gods people". It is not well documented, but when he was a Senator, he helped a number of Jews get into the US via Cuba, just before Hitlers horrific attempt to annihilate the Jews, forging passports, and did what he could to save quite a number of them.  Doing this, could have cost him his position, and the reason he did it, was because of his upbringing, and the memory of what his grandpa had told him.  We went into his 'White House', which used to be owned by one of his Aunts. We had suspected that LBJ had suspiciously acquired his Aunts house when she was older, but in actual fact the real story is that he  thwarted an attempt to defraud his Aunt (a Christadelphian) by another relative who nearly ripped everything away from her. LBJ found out about it and legally bought the ranch and looked after his Aunt until she died.  

From here we made our way to Abilene, where we stayed with some wonderful Christadelphian friends, Lance & Pattie Wolfe, and their lovely family.  We had a great week with them, we took over there driveway, parking our huge bus on their property.  We enjoyed our visit to the
Abilene Ecclesia, where Mike did a talk on Saturday night, then Sunday school, memorial meeting and the class on Wednesday night on Israel (his favorite subject).  They are such a friendly group of people, so if anyone is ever in this part of Texas, make sure you visit the Abilene meeting.  

We also visited Frontier Texas, an exhibition of the early days of Texas.  It enabled us to relive the Old West and showed the life of the people who played out their lives on the Texas
frontier.  We were able to step back in time and hear stories from the men and women who lived and died on the frontier. We learnt how this area of Texas was transformed from open prairie -
populated by buffalo and Indians - to the ranchlands and towns of pioneer Texans.  

A great  part of our week was with Lance and Pattie & family, we enjoyed coffee at Landan
& Morgan's, dinner at the home of Jeremy, Leah & little Jack who is 20months old, He is so gorgeous, and made us miss our babies so much. Levi, Seba, her friend Andrea & the gorgeous Sarah,  along with Lances brother Todd, & dad Erby,  all made us feel so welcome, and
we loved their company.  I watched Sarah (11yrs old) play in her basket ball match. 
It was a good game, and they came so close to winning.   Jeremy & Landan are firemen, and we visited the fire station where Jeremy works , also as a paramedic.  Lance took us to see a lady, Mrs  Neil, who is 101 years old this year, lives on her own, on a property with no-one around, is on NO blood pressure tablets, or medication and is SO with it.  She chatted to us about life, when she was a child going to Abilene on a cart pulled by a horse, such a lovely lady, and we would have loved to chat to her for ages.  We  also visited a pottery place, Mike &
Lance went on his motor bike, and Pattie, myself and Ginger went in the car. Mike & Lance seemed to Click ... they both have the same sense of humour and together they are quite funny!

We were sad to say goodbye  & we went out for breakfast with them before we left.  

From here we went to Amarillo and went to the Palo Duro Canyon, where we could drive down into the canyon, and enjoyed the lovely scenery all around us.  We visited Cadillac Ranch, where there are 10 Cadillacs half buried in a paddock, with their boots (Trunks) out of the ground.  As we drove through Texas, we couldn't help but think of Australia, as it looked so much like the area near Broken Hill, quite flat and barren.  

We then crossed the border from Texas to New Mexico, and drove to Albuquerque, there were so many Semi trailers along this road, which were passing us all the time, but the roads are generally very good, so all went well. After getting stuck in a freeway gridlock, because of an
accident, we finally arrived in Albuquerque

We went on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tram.  This is the longest aerial tram in the world....2.7 miles long,  up the 10,500 ft  high mountain. The view was awesome, and the top had a good covering of snow, with many ski runs.  It looked so nice, and we felt the pull of the slopes, and could hear the sound of our boots as they clicked into the ski's, the crisp cold air on our faces, and the exhilaration as we pushed off and slalomed down the mountain, over moguls, in and out of the trees, ending with a good stem Christie....... but sense prevailed, and we thought about what it would be like if one of us broke a leg....especially Mike!  We are not as young as we used to be....No way would I drive that bus!!   We stopped dreaming, and  after taking photos on the balcony, we had a nice meal  in the restaurant while watching the sunset. 

The lights of Albuquerque twinkled way down below us as we made our way down on the cable car. It was such a lovely evening, one of our many hi lights.  The next day we left, and if I had known what the next 2 days had in store, I think I would have stayed where I was............ all will be revealed soon. 

Anyway thats all for now, Bye for now, thanks for reading the blog, and for your comments, keep safe and well,  God bless....Miss you all.   

Next blog......Sedona & Grand Canyon 

* For those who would like to know more about the Christadelphians and what we believe go to

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Mum and Dad on

Lovely photos and very interesting blog many thanks dears.

Col and Kerrie on

You have been very busy Ruth ..... two blogs within a week!! Love it and enjoy looking at all the photos. xxx

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