We made it a point to stop in Johnson City at the LyndonB. Johnson National Historical Park. The park preserves LBJs boyhood home in Johnson City, as well as the LBJ Ranch. Like other “presidential” parks that we’ve visited, this one does a wonderful job of telling LBJs story and how the Texas Hill Country figured so prominently in his life. Lady Bird Johnson’s role is also a major focus of the park.
|LBJs Boyhood Home|
|Lady Bird's Role Is Emphasized|
|Lady Bird Probably Enjoyed Texas Mountain Laurel|
We made our way west through the peach orchards, where the trees were just starting to bloom, and pecan groves and then took a scenic route through some of the most remote and spectacular parts of the Hill Country. The serpentine drive along the South Fork Guadalupe River was my favorite, until we reached the sheer cliffs and deep gorges of the Frio and Sabinal Rivers. It was quite the roller-coaster ride, and we often had the roads to ourselves.
|South Fork Guadalupe River|
|Along the River|
|Unique Fences Line the Roads|
|It Floods in these Parts of Texas|
|Limestone Walls Frame the Road|
|Looking Down on a Peaceful Valley|
We decided to spend the night at Garner State Park, another beautiful park along the Frio River. It was quiet here tonight, with no television, phone or internet service. This post will have to wait until we get a signal. For the moment, however, I’m enjoying being disconnected.
|Frio River at Garner State Park|
|Trees and Roots Along the Frio River|