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Published: February 28th 2014
cup of corn with mayo, sour cream, cheese and other stuff -sold all over the flea market
We've continued our travels through Texas with a stop in Lockhart - the BBQ capital of Texas, but we only tried 2 of the 4 BBQ places in town. Texas BBQ uses a dry rub instead of a sauce. In fact one restaurant had a sign that said if you want BBQ sauce you're in the wrong place. Meals are ordered at the BBQ pit - a 1/4 pound of brisket, 4 ribs and a link of sausage makes a very large meal. Everything is placed on a big piece of butcher paper along with 2 pieces of white bread , a big slice of onion and dill pickle slices . Then you carry it off to your table where there is a roll of paper toweling to clean up after you're done. Lockhart also has a beautiful library that was once a church. We spent hours there since it was the only place we could get internet reception.
We arrived at a private park in San Antonio on Feb. 12 to wait for Kris and Ed to join us for a week of touring. But their travel plans coincided with a winter storm
River walk San Antonio
The wait person preparing our guacamole salad table side.
that hit the east coast again and their connection in Charlotte was canceled. The rescheduling would have reduced their trip to just a few days so there was no visit with family like we had been looking forward to for weeks. So we visited some places in the area we had missed before - the botanical garden, the flea market, an Audubon sanctuary, and the nearby cowboy city of Bandera. The best part of the stay was the River Walk Trail along the San Antonio River that now extends for 10 miles and was right next to our campground. We could ride our bikes to the Alamo.
The next park we stopped at was Choke Canyon State Park in Calliham, Texas. During our first walk around the park we saw 5 deer, 4 armadillos and a Crested Caracara. We also heard an owl and then I followed Ron down a trail while he followed a bobcat!! I was right there behind him with a big stick I had picked up - I'm not sure if I would have beat him or the cat if things went badly - and I told him that
There are so many cardinals wintering in Texas the trees look like they are loaded with apples
Our next campsite was in the Desert Vista Camping Area in Seminole Canyon State Historic Area near Del Rio. The canyon in the park has been formed by the eroding power of the Rio Grande and Pecos Rivers on an ancient limestone seabed. In the canyon is an area called the Fate Bell Shelter that is one of the oldest cave dwellings in North America and also contains some of the oldest Native American pictographs. The indigenous people started leaving their marks on these rock walls 8,000 years ago. The name Fate Bell comes from the one time owner of the land, Mrs. Fate Bell.
Our final stop in Texas was at Hueco Tanks State Park near El Paso. This is also an area of significance to the Native American people. The huecos, or hollows, in the rocks in this area have captured and held the rainfall since ancient times. There is evidence that hunter-gatherers have been in this area for 10,000 years and have left behind their art on the rock walls. There has been considerable damage to the art here and much of
the area is now off limits unless there is a guide.
Our next stop will be Patagonia State Park in Arizona where we hope to see the Elegant Trogan again.
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Tam, What were you eating?
"cup of corn with mayo, sour cream, cheese and other stuff -sold all over the flea market"? Was this good? OR were you offering us some from the cup (as in the photo) before you finished the meal? Enjoy your stay in Arizona. How far west you traveling this year? P
It was good , but 3 spoonfuls would have been plenty. It just seemed like a strange snack.
Jo an thomas
This is a real travelogue!
Your descriptions and details plus pictures you could write travelogues. I would never have known about these places. Thanks! Is the kitty the bobcat or your pet? It looks like a wild thing. See you soon, Jo an
That is Dave or uncle Dave since he was named for Ron's uncle. He is more scardey cat than fierce