I think I have said it before, but I am saying it again. one of the great things about travel is the fellowship you can have anywhere with other Christians. This morning we were planning on attending the service here at the camp. The sign had 8:45 and 9:45 so we chose to go at 9:45. There was a foyer and we could hear the service. We thought we were early. We waited a while then left and found out that it is only at 8:45. So we missed it. We had seen a small church on the highway not far away so we went there. Sunday school started at 10. As we approached the door they were singing, so we went in and sat down. After the song everyone stood up, so we thought we had missed this one, too, and had got in on the last of it! Not so. I was ushered out to the ladies SS class and Paul to the men’s. Our table was set for tea or coffee. Poor Paul, no coffee for the men. Then we stayed for worship service. From the pulpit, we were told we must be good people since we drove a jeep. (Some folks appreciate jeeps, air conditioned or not!) I think all of the 14 other people greeted us and were so excited to have us join them. We were the youngest there, other than the pastor and his wife. What a sweet spirit this congregation had!
Lazy afternoon. Paul decided to look into getting at least one tire tomorrow. The metal is showing through on one and is worse than he realized. We checked near where we were parked before, and they could order them but not install them. What good is that? So we may stick around so we can get a tire before moving on.
This is my 70th blog!! I did not think I would do this for this long, but I have enjoyed it!
After me whining (yeah right), Paul decided he felt like going into Dallas today.
So I drove, driving Paul crazy, trying to avoid the obstacles in the road. Along this country road, the shoulder was wide enough to have a second lane, and if a vehicle was going slow, they just moved over onto this lane!
Traffic in Dallas, though, was not as accommodating! But we made it safely!
We saw the first house in Dallas;
The 6th courthouse built, named “Old Red”;
Dealy Park (named for the first settler who owned the little log cabin above);
the JFK memorial (design chosen by Jackie, but she never came to see it completed);
the 6th floor museum in the old book depository that houses memorabilia and information about the assassination of JFK, from where oswald allegedly shot JFK;
There is an X in the middle lane a little to the left of the middle of the photo to mark the exact location of the 2nd shot. The first is further up the street to the right of the picture.
the infamous grassy knoll;
Paul drove back to our campsite and we spent the rest of the day relaxing, reading and enjoying our view.
On the fence: Should we go home, or should we just continue driving?
We left Lake Medina about 8:00 this morning, after hugs and pictures, right behind Barb and John!
Since we took the longer route here, we decided to go back the shorter route through Dallas and Highway 30 just to be different. We will probably still take four days to get home! This gives us an opportunity to revisit Austin and see the Whole Foods Store, which is the flagship store and headquarters
Can you believe this? 18 bins of different salts and peppers!!
and the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas. No picture taking allowed, but these links have good pictures! This museum has, on permanent display, one of five Gutenberg Bibles in the states, one of 48 existing in the world. It is the first complete book printed with moveable metal type, Prior to 1454, books were either copied by hand or printed from engraved wooden blocks. It could take months or even years to complete. Also on permanent display is the “First photograph”. Taken by a frenchman who experimented with photography around 1816, this photo was taken in 1826 or 1827 from a window. He set up the pewter plate with bitumen of Judea, a petroleum derivative, and left it exposed for eight hours. He removed the plate and washed it with a mixture of white petroleum and oil of lavender. it produced the image which he called helio-graphy or sun-drawing. It was really interesting.
In addition to the permanent exhibits, the center had two traveling displays we found very interesting. The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam in several different versions, shapes and sizes, including miniatures, including the smallest. You could not read it even with magnifying glass. Several other antique books were displayed. Read the news article about one of these books from the New York Times April 21, 1912.
A broad variety of black and white photographs displayed honored Frit Henle’s 100th birthday. His art ranged significantly from images of 1930s and 1940s around the world, innovative nudes, famous personalities to being a major contributor to such magazines as LIFE, Harper’s Bazaar, Popular Photography and U.S. Camera. He was known as “the last of the classical freelance photographers.
The state campground we stopped at is just south of Austin, at McKinney Falls State Park. After visiting Austin, we explored the park to see the falls. Click above to actually see the water falling. It has been drought time in Texas right now, so there is not enough water for the falls to even be present. It reminded me of CA with very little water. But the contrast of rock versus water and greenery was fabulous viewing.
The water should be coming over this rock formation, as in the picture on the link.
but it is only a trickle
you can barely see it!
This is where the water should be coming over
Just puddles, no falling water
Like today, we probably need to go at least 124 miles tomorrow. Our intention really is to go home. Unless of course, Paul falls off the fence!
What can I say.
A lot of the museums are closed on Monday. It was further than we thought it would be. So to get an overview in a short period of time we took the 90 minute tour. These pictures were from the inside of a van, so aren’t as good or up close as I would like.
The cemetery included a memorial to those from Texas killed on 9/11, featuring two girder beams from the World Trade Center towers.
The city still has the old moonlight towers, a lighting system began in 1895. There are 17 of the original 31 remain. They each consist of a cluster of six carbon arc lamps (now mercury vapor) that casts a glow over a radius of 3,000 feet This is the only U.S. city with a tower system still intact.
The shorter old fancy building in front of the sky scrapers is the oldest hotel in Texas
(As a side comment, in Texas, everything has a claim to being the largest, only, or best in the world, state, county, city).
We also toured the inside of the capitol building, and that gave us an added insight into the history of Texas. Like all Capitol buildings we have seen, it was beautiful and had some great architectural design.
Since we will be going through Austin again on the way home, I am hoping to stop and visit the Whole Foods headquarters there. I have been told there is nothing like it.