There is a lot of wildlife at this Corps of Engineers park on Canyon Lake.
Ducks, squirrels, deer, and Elaine!
One day we went to Gruene and to the Museum of Texas Handmade Furniture in New Braunfels.
Oldtown Gruene was a pleasant place with a lot of history and some interesting shops. The museum, in New Braunfels, was really nice and I enjoyed the visit. The very nice handcrafted furniture was worth the trip plus our tour guide was pleasant, accommodating, and helpful. Go to www.nbheritagevillage.com to see more.
Our second day we started out by going to the Fisher Store. Originally built in 1853, it has served as a home, a general store, and as a Post office. From there we went to Wimberly, TX which is a quaint town that caters to tourists (antique stores, trendy shops, museums, galleries, and tourist traps) where we saw lots and had a good time.
Tomorrow, 11/30/2012 we will head to Rockport / Fulton where we will spend the next 3 months.
Sunday morning after Thanksgiving and we are on the road again. This trip is planned to be 3-4 months and not nearly as many miles as the last 2 adventures.
Texas Canyon is a boulder strewn wonderland where many of the large rocks are impossibly perched atop one another. It is very close to home but I am including it for readers that are not familiar with our area in hopes that they will enjoy seeing some of what the Arizona desert has to offer.
As we were driving down the freeway I was reminded of The Amerind Museum in Dragoon, AZ which is just a few miles from Texas Canyon and is a very worthwhile stop. It seems that even many local people are unaware of it, which is a shame as they do a wonderful job of preserving American Indian culture, art, and craft. Go there if you can.
We took it easy today, only 215 miles, but it was a start. We have stopped here (81 Palms) before and for Deming, NM it is a very nice place. There are some interesting sights and stops at Deming including a couple of wineries, an awesome museum, great rock-hounding, and Pancho Villa State Park about 30 miles to the south. On another trip I will take you to some of these places, but not for this time. The downside of Deming is that it seems to be perpetually windy and is located right on the major east/west rail line so you get to listen to those lonesome whistles and the rumble of the rails all night.
Around 340 miles to Fort Stockton, TX today. Stopped at the rest area just west of Las Cruces, NM and were disappointed to see that the giant roadrunner sculptures weren’t there anymore. It was a long day through El Paso and then miles and miles of no real scenery. We knew this would be just a lot of driving, but still weren’t prepared for how long and boring it would be
Another 340 mile day but the Texas hill country is much more scenic. Potters Creek is a Corps of Engineers campground on Canyon Lake. It is very beautiful here and we will spend a couple of days exploring the area before heading on to Rockport, TX.