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Texas Hill Country teases, hides and reveals. Part Two

We were fortunate to find a spot at the restful riverside By The River RV park. I was able to get the most amazing bird photos right behind our trailer. Our trusty BringFido app did us well here also- right away we found a 7 acre off leash dog park along the Guadalupe River where all the dogs were playful, all the owners mellow and all the balls thrown far to paraphrase Garrison Keillor. During our time in Kerrville we spent part of every day here.

The app also encouraged us to try cafe dining with the pups so with great trepidation we approached Rails Cafe at the Depot with our lovable lug and our problem child. I can’t recommend them highly enough- the food was top notch and so yummy, they and all the outside diners were so patient as we got the pups settled and water and a doggie menu was brought. We only got them biscuits but next time I’ll spoil them with the burger!

We also drove to a Fredericksburg but didn’t do the wonderful shopping this time (I’ve checked it out on a previous trip). There is a large dog park near the airport (Thanks BringFido!). And we took a drive south intending to check out the Lost Maples State Natural Area but we hadn’t adjusted our thinking to the COVID era. You need to reserve your entry time and they were full. It was a lovely drive though past eccentric sites such as the fence post of boots. However we were struck again by how confined you are in a big state by the lack of access. The sights were fenced off on both sides of the road.

After the fantastic opening reception at the Museum of Western Art we left Texas for a bit to visit family in Illinois - another benefit of carrying you “home” with you. when we came back down into Texas it was with the intention of catching bluebonnet season. Alas, it seemed like we would be too early. We drove a scenic route around Burnet, Marble Falls, Georgetown etc. We would have liked to walk around Inks Lake State Park but we still hadn’t fully realized the necessity of reserving ahead and it was full. I took a few interesting photos on the drive by. The whole way we saw a flash of blue here and there, notably growing from a crack in a road. We got to the Bluebonnet House but the field of blue hadn’t emerged yet. As I was disappointedly viewing it Jim asked “what are those weeds at your feet?” I look down and there are clusters of bluebonnets. The warmth of the roads edge had brought them out first. A little lying on the sidewalk gave me the perfect photo angle to emphasize the few clusters.

So we left Hill Country with much beauty revealed, teasing of further to be discovered yet the feeling that the strong tradition of fencing off private land as well as not being used to reserving day visits of state parks ahead of time left us feeling that Texas had kept much to herself as well.

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