We’re exploring Texas, one excursion at a time. Any chance we have, we are visiting the four corners of Texas. I call it excursionating! I realize that is not a word, but what the heck………I’ve/ we’ve been known to invent our own words before. It’s fun, I invented the word Famigo, by joining family and amigo. Now I’ve learned there’s even a Famigo Festival held by Trino Castro of Atelier de Campagne LLC. How fun.
We started off on Tuesday July 5th. Our thinking was that holiday travelers would be heading home after the long weekend. We took a leisurely back road trip to Bastrop. Once we settled in at the campsite we headed into town. We call it, “to get the flavor of the town.” We stopped at an art shop that was filled with many eclectic and colorful things we liked.
Next stop, Neighbors, a local food and drink hangout, next door to the art gallery. They were experimenting with fruit infused spirits at this bar. This is intriguing to me since my Amiga, Bonnie Porthouse and I experimented with infusing spirits with herbs in the 90’s.
At Neighbor’s they blended vodka with watermelon, strawberries, tamarind, peaches. This so reminds me of the agua frescas I first saw in Mexico as a child. The Jambo Juice capitalized on the whole juice business, later on.
We went to Smithville the next day. Our first stop was at a quilt shop, named Making Memories, fun stop. No need to discuss our very sad lunch. Headed to Bone Spirits, very hip place. I like the owner’s philosophy of producing unadulterated spirits. We sampled and bought a few bottles of gin and vodka.
On Thursday we went to La Grange. En route we stopped at World Antiques, had an awesome lunch at a local bistro; fresh in season healthy food. This lunch definitely made up for the lunch in Smithville.
Today heading to Fredericksburg for a few days pulled into KOA and unhooked in five minutes and we drove into town to find a burger and cold beer, settled at Hondo’s. I like Hondo’s life and identify. He was a free-spirited writer and owner-self proclaimed mayor of Luckenback, Texas.
We headed to Becker Vineyards, to taste a little wine and buy lavender, in the heart of the Texas Hill Country. We entered the tasting room, it was packed, we changed our mind on wine tasting, instead I purchased some lavender products.
All of the wineries here are packed. We drove on down the Wine Road 290 and stopped at a smaller winery named Hilmy. Some of their wines were fine, I did not like their Viognier, too sweet, too fruity and too floral for my liking, almost a medicinal taste. Mi Corazon and I tasted one wine named Politics and Religion (we both liked the name) we both enjoyed. This vintage offers a marriage of almost equal parts of Tempranillo and Carignan. Together, they combine for a medium-bodied red with soft tannins.
The weather has been 100, but feels like 110. The most comfortable place is inside truck or in our 5th wheeler. But tonight as we sit outside our rig we have some nice southwest trade winds listening to Lucinda Williams.
We are part of the nomadic tribe of RV’rs,
Yetis, ice chest and cooking outdoors. We keep it simple. We call ourselves the “Good Vibe Tribe.” This lifestyle has always appealed to the both of us. But, as most of you know I have been an antique, junque, repurpose collector since I was about 19 years old.
For me it developed as a necessity. I was a struggling college student that did not have much of anything, except a few clothes. Call it what you will, if it had color and character I bought it. Old crockery, tapestries, serapes, old wool blankets, glass and dishes by Franciscan, Blue Willow, Mexican everything, costume jewelry, antique medicine and perfume bottles, enamel ware, garden stuff., art of all sorts, etc. etc. my point being that until you can part with all or the majority of these material things you cannot be free. I did and it was a freeing cathartic experience. It was time for someone else to enjoy and love them, like I had.
It’s kinda ironic to me that I am surrounded here in Hill Country by 100’s of antique/ junque stores filled with everything I just gave away.
Only now, we have more time to actually participate in this lifestyle. Part of the whole belief of downsizing as we get older also speaks to Mi Corazon and I. Needing less and enjoying more of the simpler things of life. I do not need six sets of eight setting dishes. I only need one.
Sunday after breakfast at our favorite German pancake house in Fredericksburg, we headed to church. Awesome service, awesome sermon at a Max Lucado’s Oak Hills, satellite church.
After service we traveled on Farm Road 965 through Enchanted Rock to Llano. The drive is absolutely breath-taking and we saw many mountain climbers/hikers. Near Enchanted Rock we encountered the most amazing sculpture (picture above). Llano was quiet and uneventful, just what we like. Mi Corazon and I enjoy country back roads. It’s not about arriving, but the ride, the people we meet along the way, the memories we make.
Where memories roll like the hills.
Enjoying plenty of countryside calm.
No rush; no stop lights or sirens
The beauty of dried out cacti, all of a sudden I’m craving something refreshing from Dairy Queen.
Views forever of contrast;
Dry and green
Humble small homes to gigantic spreads with beautiful homes.
Thank you Father.