We decided Fredericksburg would be a good place to have a home base for a few days and chose this RV park based on all the reviews. It is everything promised and more. Very well run and clean, though a little more crowded than I prefer, we aren't here much. Level, gravel lots with full hook-ups, trees, clean shower room, on sight laundry, cable TV, a small fenced pet area, free ice and close to town....all features we were looking for.
Day one, we rode our bicycles to town and walked them up one side of main street, stopping in stores that look interesting, which is just about all of them. We were working our way over to the Farmer's Market to buy a few supplies. At 4 pm on the dot, they rang the bell and it was on. Hubby got his pocket knife sharpened by one vendor while I tried a salad prepared by the guest chef. Lovely, organic produced was the hit of the market, maintaining a long line the entire time we were there. Very cool little market.
We rode some more, getting our bearings, and finally went back to the RV, prepared a little dinner, watched American Idol on our new cable TV service, and turned in early. Tomorrow would be an early day filled with sight seeing.
After breakfast, we unhooked the Jeep and drove out to Wildseed Farms. What a fun place to go for a gardener like myself. Tons of pots and plants plus a cool, little cafe (we had the BBQ special, which was delicious), and a wine tasting. We really enjoyed the Texas wines!
Moving on east on 290, we turned off on Old San Antonio road heading to Lukenbach. We are Jerry Jeff Walker fans and have always wanted to get a glimpse of the old dance hall where he recorded one of his albumns. They were having a motorcycle rally so there was quite a bit going on, but we just toured the post office and dance hall, took a few pictures and left. Very fun place.
Back to 290, we headed toward the LBJ Ranch National Park. It was a little confusing, but here's what we figured out finally. You drive to Ranch Road 1 and follow the signs, through the LBJ State Park, saying LBJ Ranch tour. It is about 5 miles until you reach the ranch. The tour is a self-driven tour, not a bus tour as we thought, so once you reach the old school house then cross the cattle guards, you are on the tour. The family cemetery on the left is where LBJ, Lady Bird, and other members of the Johnson family are buried. We drove, 8 miles or more, before reaching the Texas White House. Definitely take the paid, guided tour. It is only $2 and well worth it. As we were leaving (you get to take a short cut) we noticed a box with a sign that said 'leave your audio headsets here'. Hmmmmm, we weren't offered that choice, which we would have taken, so you might call and inquire WHERE these are and get one. It will make your self guided drive a lot more enjoyable.
We stopped at a few antique stores and shopped, checked out some cool metal work at a shop along 290, and admired more of the beautiful entrances to ranches. Wow, between the fences and entrances, these must have cost a fortune!
We were going to visit the Old Tunnel Wildlife Management Area to see the bats, but our timing was off. They were "scheduled" to leave at 7:45 pm (you can call a number to find out the approximate time) and it was only 4:00 pm, so we decided to call it a day, check on our dog, go get a few supplies at the HEB store (fabulous!), cook dinner, and watch a movie. We'll go see the bat tornado another time:)