Sunday, April 22, 2012

Wild Weekend Past

Wild well maybe not so wild but it was fun and wild flowers.. Besides it got your attention didn't it. I've been trying to write this for over a week but here I am trying again.
Picture by P.O
 A week ago Friday it was date night. We headed to the Cypress Saloon on Telge to listen to Max Stalling and his band. The first time I saw and heard him it was just him and his lovely talented wife Heather. Heather has her own band and plays a mean fiddle but that night it was just the two of them. Anyway our first stop that night was the Harpers for a drink. We only lasted through one drink because everyone was hungry. I called our daughter and told her we were headed to P.O.'s located right behind the Cypress Saloon for dinner so if she wanted to jump in the car and join us come on. Didn't have to twist her arm. P.O's is a no frill and family friendly. It's been around since around 1980. They have a wide menu from burgers to chicken fried steak. The food wasn't bad. The burgers were juicy but they needed more spice on the fries and onion rings for my taste.
There was a warm up band before Max and I'm sorry they did nothing for me. The instrumental music was good but I couldn't handle the singing. They made such an impression I can't even remember the bands name. I think they thought if they played really loud you wouldn't notice they couldn't sing. I never understood a single word they sang. But Yee Haw on came Max Stalling and his band. Max is a Texas song writer and singer.  He and his band rocked Cypress Saloon with their music and songs. I think we found him 2 new fans.. The Harpers. ;o) Didn't get home until midnight. Fun evening and we had to get up early Saturday for more wild fun. Next time I'll take some pictures I hope.

Saturday Morning we're up but not moving real fast. We cleaned up, packed, loaded the car, kissed Pamela and Dexter goodbye and we were on the road to the Texas Hill Country to just relax.

At one point I told David as he's driving that last stretch of 290 towards Fredericksburg that the next time he saw a good patch of wildflowers and he could stop, would he so I could take some pictures. He said sure. Driving along when all of a sudden he slams on the brakes and slides over to the wide spot on the side of the road.  Cool I think. Stomach wasn't so sure.  David tells me to hop out take all the pictures I want and oh watch for snakes. Gee Thanks Honey. But I was happy to stop and take some pictures.Traffic was really heavy. Let's see it was the Bluebonnet Festival in Chappell Hill, a 5K and a 10K run in Brenham and who knows what else. And there's always dead stopped traffic on I-35 in Austin and least not I forget the construction and traffic between Dripping Springs and Johnson City. Holy cow it took us for ever. Now as we're driving down the road we're noticing all the wild flowers and there was some bluebonnets hidden in there. Oh did I mention I was also car sick. Grrr. I thought I was past that but it's back. I was miserable but I wasn't about to miss a weekend with the hubby where he was actually willing to relax.

By the time we get to Fredericksburg we're starving. Those 2 sausage kolaches had worn off. We checked into the The Fredericksburg Inn. It's right on Barons Creek about a 2 blocks off main street on 16 S. Instead of driving we decided to walk and find a new place to eat. We

shopped as we went down the street and passed a couple of places that looked like a candidate to eat at but we weren't sure so we trudged on. Just before crossing over to the next block we saw the Buffalo Nickel. We made a comment about eating there the last time so let's try now.
David got a burger and I got a chicken sandwich. Pretty tasty. The other food being served around us looked pretty good too. Might have to try them again when we come back to the area. There's so many places to try. After that we're back on the streets and shopping or mainly looking around.
It wasn't long and we got a call from our friends that were already in Fredericksburg too. They wanted to see we had made it yet and if we wanted to join them for a bite to eat. We met them but we had something to drink and let them eat. Before we knew it, it was time to head out to Luckenback to listen to some music. Boot scootin and toe tapping.♪♫•*¨*•.¸¸¸¸.•*¨*•♫♪•.

Now have you ever watched a rooster climb a tree. I hadn't but this handsome guy climbed right on up high in the tree branches.

Not to be left behind the spotted hen runs up right behind him.

Now this is a much younger rooster and not as pretty as the other one. Being younger his crow is a little broken and now as strong so we figured he hadn't hit puberty.

I forgot who but someone nickname him Justin Bieber. LOL

 If you had any question where I was here's a picture of the Luckenbach post office.

 I really like their mail box for the bills.

Do you see what I mean? The opening is facing down.

I recently found out that I liked Corona so that
was my flavor for the nite. Not that I'm a big beer drinker but this one works unless they have Blue Moon with Oranges which they didn't.

 You couldn't have asked for better weather to be outside drinking and listening to some great music. Had a great time. By about 10pm it was actually getting a little cool with the breeze but comfortable.

This is our friends Tim and Gigi.
We're their daughter's Godparents and they're our daughter's God parents. We stood up in each others weddings too.

It was photo time. I snapped a picture of Michelle and Shaun. Michelle used to work with Gigi but she and the hubby has since moved to Fredericksburg. Really nice couple.

And I wanted a picture of David and I. It was getting late and David was getting really tired. I mean we got up early, okay early for me on a Saturday but he did all the driving.  Aren't we cute.       

When we woke up the next morning it was raining. Isn't this rose beautiful? It's one of the many on the bush below right outside our room door.  See the circular pad behind it. They had chairs set up for a small wedding ceremony the night before.  Beautiful setting with all the trees. 

After a few pictures around the hotel we off to find some breakfast. Ran across this place. It's not very big but it served really tasty food. Oh yum. David ate a classic egg, bacon, potato and toast plate but I decided to be adventurous and try Eggs Benedict with crab cakes. I was pleasantly surprised. Thank goodness. Found us another place to eat ate.

 It's not often I get to take a picture of the hubby. He tends to get a little grumpy when I point the picture in his direction. But today he cooperated with me.  After breakfast we headed to the Veterans Park there on Main. You know me and my camera I wanted to take some pictures. It was so colorful and relaxing. David borrowed my camera to snap this picture. 

Look all the petals on this rose. My favorite. Are you bored yet with all my rantings and pictures.  There was just so much to see. 

Next we headed off to the WildSeed Farm. 
 I guess we've never been to the Hill Country in the Spring because I don't remember so many flowers. Here I am standing in the poppy field. They were everywhere.

 Don't know what these purple flowers but they were everywhere too. 
 Now it's time to head home. So you see it was a WILD flower weekend.

On our way back down 290 I asked for another flower photo shoot chance. I wanted to get a picture of a flower I kept seeing. And here it is.
We back home thru Bastrope on 71 and then hit 21 to get back to 290. Boy was I shocked. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I never thought about how close the fires of September 2011 were to the highway. Sorry for the blurr but I tried focusing as we went by when I should have focused ahead.The devastation was almost overwhelming as we drove down 21. Things are starting to turn green around the trees but the scars are still there. 
 To end my long winded post is my last sudden stop picture.  I just might put this one in a frame in the guest room. I kinda like this one.

So Until next blog.... 
There are three words I like to repeat to myself: glass half full. Just to remind myself to be grateful for everything I have.


Linda Chapman said...

I LOVE love LOVE this post!!! What a great time! I feel like I have been there now - hitting the high lights with you!

Yiu look great in poppies and that was a GOOD pic of David!

Kimberlee at SD said...

Love your photos. Congrats on getting wildflower photos. We missed getting the kiddos out in our bluebonnets in time. Crazy that Bastrop still looks like that, I haven't driven down there since the fires happened. Traffic at 10pm Sat night on 290 heading East was crazy to... 55 all the way home for me. Ugh!
~Kimberlee, The Spunky Diva

Diane said...

What a terrific trip, Carla - and I love all the wildflower pictures! I'm surprised at the poppies!

sgw123 said...

Sounds like a fun trip! Can't go wrong with Fredericksburg this time of year!

Sue Anne McKinney said...

One of my very favorite road trips is to head to the hill country! Love the Wild Seed Farm and strolling along the main street of Fredericksburg. Thanks for your comments on my blog! Have a great week.

Sandra said...

thanks for stopping buy, i am dealing with a dog sick from surgery so will not be on until saturday

Gayle said...

Oh what a pleasant trip Carla! I'm just now getting over to visit you and I'm glad I stopped by. I love the pics of the flowers and the pictures of Texas brings me back to memory lane. (I grew up in Oklahoma) I don't know the kind of tree I have in my yard and even planted! Both my husband and I have forgotten that. I know it is not cherry and it is not plum...but then what is it? I am on a quest to figure that one out!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Gayle from Behind the Gate

rebecca @ older and wisor said...

I've heard so much about Fredericksburg, but we've never ventured down there - it looks so fun! And those flowers? Gorgeous!!

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

I love to go to this area, beautiful pictures.

Deb said...

I need to go visit the Hill country...haven't been since I was a kid...

Nezzy said...

Oh darlin', this Ozark Farm Chick hopped over from 'Cow Town' just to say howdy!!!

What a wonderful post this was and I have to say all those beautiful wild~flowers sure fed my OCFD for sure. (Obsessive compulsive Flower Disorder).

God bless ya from the happy hills and hollers of the majestic Missouri Ponderosa!!!

Have a fantastic day ya'll!!!

TexWisGirl said...

hello! look at those gorgeous wildflowers!

thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment today! really appreciate it! :) i see some fellow texans in this bunch. :)

patsy said...

Wildflowers... now I need to figure out how to sneak in a quick trip to the hill country!