|Another anniversary of sorts, we have now lived in our motorhome for four years. Our winter home at Canyon Lake RV Park was really looking very empty when we left on Thursday, April 1. Most of the Winter Texans had already headed home, there were about 25 RVs left in the whole park. Last year we had to leave early to get to Kansas City because of the infection in Carol’s elbow, so we were way ahead of the migration. April Fool’s Day, we had about a two-hour drive north to just outside of Kingsville, TX. We were going to visit the King Ranch, which is a huge cattle and horse ranch started by a steamboat Captain in the late 1800s. It was past on to a daughter who married a Kleberg, so the family name that still owns the 860,000 acre ranch is now Kleberg. On Friday we took a tour of the ranch lead by a 5th generation worker of the ranch. The ranch is so large that they have their own school and housing development for all the cowboys and workers on the ranch. They are given free housing and schooling thru college for the children of the cowboys and workers, therefore the families stay for many generations. On Saturday we went into the town of Kingsville to visit the King Ranch Museum and then the King Ranch Leather and Saddle shop.
On Sunday, we headed back to highway 281 and stayed one night at Three Rivers, TX to check out the city owned RV park. This will probably be an overnight stop on our return back down to South Texas next Winter. Monday we drove a couple of hours to Fredericksburg, TX, which is in the Texas Hill Country area. Yes, there are some hills and trees in parts of Texas, as opposed to the desert areas that you usually think of in Texas. The area is also known for the prolific wild flowers that seem to cover the area and especially at this time of Spring. We drove through areas that were covered with red, blue, white and orange wild flowers. Fredericksburg was first settled by German farmers and was also the birthplace of the Pacific Fleet Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. Tuesday morning we visited a Wildflower farm, which had a lot different flowers and plants. Later, we checked out the many shops and eating placing in the downtown area. After lunch I did some Geocaching while Carol finished with the shopping area. Later in the afternoon we went just North of town to get a view of the area from a predominate hill that overlooks the town. Wednesday we went to the excellent National Museum of the Pacific War. The museum was recently refurbished and it was very well done. I liked the way it was presented and it also had several “video tables”, which portrayed all the major Pacific battles. Of course there was one section for the “big” bombs that were dropped on Japan and then the surrender of Japan. Another building had the large equipment the U.S. used like PT Boat 109, half-track, troop carriers etc. and some captured Japanese weapons. We spent the whole day at the museum with a lunch break at one of the near-by downtown restaurants.
Thursday, we drove the RV east about 30 miles to Johnson City, TX. The town is the hometown of Lyndon B. Johnson. In town is the National Historical Park containing the visitor center, boyhood home and the Johnson Settlement area. At the visitor center there were two good films, one on LBJ and one on Lady Bird Johnson. On Friday, we drove the Jeep, about 15 miles west to the other LBJ National Historical Park containing another visitor center, the birthplace house, one room school building, airstrip, hanger and the LBJ Ranch and house also known as the Texas White House. At the visitor center we were given a map and CD to put in your car CD player that gave instructions to tour all the area. The tour then finished at the Texas White House where for $2 you can get a tour of that house. I thought the most interesting part was the office where LBJ worked and the very unpretentious house. During Johnson’s five years in office his major dealings were with the JFK assassination, the Civil Rights Movement, the Viet Nam War and the war protestors. He was in office only one term and died about 3 years after his term in office. On Saturday we returned to the in-town historical park and finished what we didn’t see on Thursday.
Sunday, April 11, we headed for Austin, TX.