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Snow Days

Athens, Ga March 1 and March 2.

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This is Sunday afternoon

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This second shot of the chair is Monday morning. Much more snow.

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Texas Day Five: No schedule

Sunday we rise with no real plan. After five bbq joints in four days, John recognizes that my tolerance is low. We follow the trail to Driftwood, Tx, and Saltlick BBQ based on the advice of our unknown local from Thursday.

Salt Lick in my opinion was the best barbeque. The meat tasted moist with the right seasoning. The sauce was excellent. I’ll be ordering some when I get home. Just a great meal. The service was slow and no sweet tea always creates trouble. But, Salt Lick was worth the effort and the drive.

As we drive back, the next stop on the itinerary LBJ museum. On the way we passed the University Football stadium. Amazing. The museum is interesting and the best part, free. My limited presidential library experience pales in comparison. (Carter library just not as functional.)  The multimedia presentation provides a perspective on LBJ’s administration and life experience in general that perhaps I hadn’t appreciated before the visit.

Next to the largest state capitol in the country. 

We wander through the capitol. I snap photos of the rotunda.

A statue of General Robert E. Lee draws our attention. Having recently read “Confederates in the Attic” we each pay a little more attention to the statues. The art work on this statue grabs my attention.

In person, those flags are beautiful. The granite work is spectacular.

Later we hit Encore Record Store. Finally, we ate at IHOP. Not haute cuisine, but it wasn’t barbeque. Following dinner, we traveled back to the Congress Street Bridge to watch the bat migration with half of the population of Austin. The sight of all those bats departing is impressive and difficult to capture with a photo.

After actually mailing postcards from Texas, we found Bookpeople, an independent bookstore. The store provided a wonderful stop for both of us. I bought two books. Very organized with helpful employees, the bookstore stocked an amazing variety of books mixed with popular fiction. A must-stop for book addicts in Austin.

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San Antonio: Day Two

On Wednesday night, John reviewed the BBQ research and rediscovered Rudy’s Country Store and BBQ, billed as “The Worst BAR-B-Q in Texas.” We traveled on Thursday to Leon Springs for lunch.  John will have to review the food. The sausage was pretty good, not too spicy. The peach cobbler was cold. I’m not a fan of cinnamon in my cobbler, apparently they are. I sampled the brisket and ribs that John ordered. The brisket, described as “moist”, tasted like “fat” to me. The best part of the visit was an encounter with a local who tipped us off about several other places.

She mentioned a filling station in Boerne (pronounced-Birney) that produces BBQ that she travels from the other side of San Antonio to get. Also, she mentioned Salt Lick in Driftwood for BBQ. Of other interest she mentioned that the Gristmill in Gruene along with the Dance Hall are a must see.

After lunch, we explored the Alamo Plaza and its variety of fare. From Ripley’s to Guinness Book of World Records to Tousand’s Wax Museum, tourist traps a plenty. Junk stores selling everything from mexican blankets to UT merchandise. The high point of the pre-Alamo visit was the Menger Hotel: amazing architecture. Also, the Menger is haunted, but we didn’t experience any ghosts.

The Alamo is an amazing place to visit. The battle fought by true freedom fighters to defend this position must have been brutal. The “shrine” is small. Even though the guidebook warned about the size, perhaps it’s not real until you experience it yourself. The Long Barrack Museum is packed with historical information about the history of Texas and the Alamo. The museum displays weapons owned by James Bowie and David Crockett (as he is known at the Alamo). Of interest, the museum contains a snuff box given to Sam Houston by Santa Anna with an elaborate detailed engraving inside the box.

For dinner, a change of pace, Italian. Delores del Rio on the Riverwalk was wonderful. Greeted like regulars, permits to sample wine (no wine list) with helpful suggestions and a laid back pace, Delores’ food is wonderful. The environment was accentuated by the live jazz playing at an appropriate level. Everything about this meal was comfortable and inviting. Magnificent!

After dinner, we traveled back to the Alamo to obtain photos of the shrine without those pesky tourists. Success. We reviewed the cenotaph, an enormous carved memorial to those who lost their lives at the Alamo.

Slightly commercial?

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Belated Photo of the Week

After a thunderstorm best described as in the words of my father as “a frog strangler”, this rainbow appeared            over Athens. 

In the second photo above, you can almost see the second rainbow. In person it was an amazing sight.

 

 

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Sugar

Chasing small animals

After our evening walk, Sugar lies on the kitchen floor to drink water.

Later, she chases small animals even when she’s tired.

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Photos of the Week 5/8/08

Effective gardening by Moma and Daddy

Effective gardening from Moma and Daddy.

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Photo of the Week

Drought alternative

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