Thursday, October 20, 2016

Bucket List Trip 2016~Day 45~ Round Rock, TX to College Station, TX

 Drove around downtown Austin, Texas to check out the capital.
No parking spaces available, so just got this one shot from the car.
 Drove east on 290.
 Arranged to meet my beloved cousin from Kentucky
 in College Station as they were on their way to Houston.
After a wonderful lunch, we drove around the Texas A&M campus,
and then said our farewells.
I sure wish I could spend more time with Linda and Danny.

Mr. G had a fleeting thought of going to the Ladies Volleyball game,
 because they were playing Kentucky at 6 pm!
After trying to find out where to get tickets and where they would be playing,
we decided on a hotel in Bryan, TX which is the northern neighboring town.
After a little rest, we went to a movie a couple of miles down the road.
It seems it's been forever since we've been to a movie.
The Accountant is pretty funny.
Hoping to see more relatives tomorrow.

A cloudy day, finally brought in some cooler air.
I see they got rain where we traveled yesterday.

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Bucket List Trip 2016~Day 44~ San Antonio, TX -LBJ Ranch to Round Rock, TX

 Japanese Gardens of San Antonio, TX
 A rock quarry once upon a time.
The view above is what you first see.
It is breathtaking.

Mr. G enjoyed the koi.
They were large & seemed very happy.
Again, it was so hot and humid, we only spent about 20 minutes walking around.
And, I didn't have my camera. Bummer.
 We drove northward just west of Johnson City, Tx

 While LBJ was buried here, he was born just across the road.

 Birthday place of LBJ.

 Several deer occupied a cool spot by the road near a caregiver
LBJ wanted his farm to be a park someday.
He designed the roads to take your through the ranch first.
Reminds me of my Poppaw Nunnually taking us to see his cattle.
He raised polled Hereford.
The picture below definitely reminds me of one of his fields in Kentucky.

LBJ did a lot of his work on his ranch, so it was set up with an office in the end of the house.
The security was set up in the little white house above. 
He had something like 13 operators set up in a trailor compound to man all of his phones.
Said he spent almost all his day on the phone.

Supposed to be 8600 square feet in the house.
It was a rather simple 1960s house, that also reminded me of my grand parents' last house.

His office with 4 desks was located in the stone part of the house.
We tried to weave our way through back roads to Round Stone, TX,
but there is no such things as all the area around Austin is heavily populated.
We couldn't afford the 500 to 1500$ a night rooms in most of Austin.
In the process of getting to Round Stone, we came across Oasis, TX
which doesn't not look like TX at all.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Bucket List Trip 2016~Day 43~ Del Rio, TX to San Antonio, TX

Got the oil changed for the third time on this trip (not at the place above.)
and ate breakfast before we left Del Rio, TX.
Traveled highway 90 from Del Rio to San Antonio today.

My Nikon D5300 has died a slow death as the lens shutter has messed up.
Have had the camera a little over 2 years and I've probably taken 10,000 pictures during that time.
It has had a work out taking between 500 to 800 pictures a day for 42 days excluding the Saturdays.
So the rest of the trip will depend on our phones.
That means I miss shots when the phone is busy giving us directions.

Happy to get back to more trees and greener grass.
Even some farming.
 Without my Nikon,
I can't easily grab pictures of towns as we drive through them.
Also, Mr. G's little Canon is broken.

 We managed to park in a city parking structure.
The temperature was 88 with a real feel of 99.
So while walking the River Walk was beautiful, it wasn't too pleasant for muscles that kept getting tighter.

 I was surprised to find the admission to The Alamo was free.
All the guides were very informative.

 We were able to get a table next to the water.
I really missed my camera.
So many photo ops missed.
 3 pm must be nap time for the ducks.
One actually napped in the middle of the stream.
Another settled right next to me and napped.

Timing wasn't good by hitting 5:00 rush hour to get to our hotel.
Mr. G was ready to go to sleep by 7.
We are exhausted from the hot walk today, but
a memory for sure was made.

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