Beaumont and Brenham, TX were two overnight stops on our way to the Texas Hill Country. The oil industry was in evidence everywhere- drilling, refineries, chemical plants etc. We lucked into a BBQ cook off in Beaumont by a statewide group called the Go Texans which benefits education. The night before the judging they had a Fish Fry and dance which they invited us to join. The catfish was outstanding and watching them Two Step was really enjoyable. We’ve decided the next time we come to Texas we will know how to Two Step and line dance! We stayed on the grounds of Elk lodges in both towns and were warmly welcomed and given some great local information. They treated us to Boudin and Armadillo Ball appetizers which we will try to replicate when we return home.
Driving from Brenham and then on through Austin brought two lane country roads lined with the wild flowers, the meandering narrow rivers and the rustic small towns of the Hill Country. Along the road to the picturesque German town of Fredericksburg, we purchased freshly picked peaches from the Vogel Orchard- the sweetest, juiciest peaches we have ever eaten. We finally got to see the iconic Longhorn close up along the winding roads near the Pedernales Falls State Park. For us, two of the highlights of the Park were the Bird Blind with its viewing area of the migratory and native birds and the hike through the rocky terrain to the Falls. The LBJ Ranch located on the Pedernales River along with the Texas White House was a fascinating personal glimpse of a President’s life. The ranch was a unique blend of history and nature.