Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Pecos River

The Pecos River

We left Del Rio this morning and we were determined to find somewhere to wade into the Rio Grande but alas, the infamous fence stood between us in Del Rio and as we ventured further out the cliffs interfered at Seminole Canyon State Park. We arrived too late for the guided tour to see the Indian Rock Paintings.

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While we continued our search for the Rio Grande, we discovered the Pecos River. What a beautiful sight for a roadside picnic. I could have stayed there all day. It was so peaceful. The overlook gave us a great view of the bridge.

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We arrived in Langtry and had a history lesson about Judge Roy Bean. It was a great visitors center with a lot of free tourist information but the best part was outside the center.

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Sanderson was our next stop and we stopped to see the courthouse of Terrell County. There are about 1000 people in Terrell County and most of them live in Sanderson, the cactus capital of Texas.

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I get to drive! Lol. We stop at Fort Lancaster Historic Site and rent a golf cart to tour the site. It was fun! Bob and Katy let me drive them around. I think I need to buy one of those! As we leave the site and set our gps towards Ozona we enjoy our scenic view.

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We stop in Ozona for a quick look at the courthouse.

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As we attempt to finish our tour before nightfall, we speed things up and find our way to the Santa Rita No. 1, about 13 miles from Big Lake. Check another one off the Texas Monthly Bucket List.

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I love old courthouses and I am always sad to see beautiful old buildings replaced by boring, stoic buildings like the courthouse in Mertzon.

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We have a quick stop in Sterling City and see wind turbines everywhere we look.

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As we head to Abilene and a comfortable bed for the night, we make our last stop in Coke County and the town of Robert Lee just as the sun is setting.

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3rd Annual Labor Day Texas Trip

3rd Annual Labor Day Texas Trip

Hico, Texas: should have zoning laws about chocolate shops next to pie shops. Ate a blueberry banana pie from The Koffee Kup and wild woman chocolate from across the street (wiseman). The pie was like banana puddin with a crust.

San Saba, Texas: stayed at Burnham’s lodging: a couple of downtown buildings renovated with various rooms on the inside. We were the only non-dove hunters staying the night :). Breakfast tacos in the morning. Visited the Wedding Tree (totally disappointing that there is a road right next to it – takes the romance away. Right down the road is a historical Texas suspension bridge. No we did not run off the road like the last time mom and I went to the nearby Regency Bridge. We then went hunting for pecans at the local pecan trade day in the pecan capital of Texas. We did not find any pecans, nor we’re any pecans stores open. But we did make friends with a mother / daughter selling jewelry at the trades day.

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Brady, Texas: been here before. Geographical center of Texas. It is also home of the world championship BBQ goat cook-off. We decided to stop. Tried to get some goat since I’ve never tried it but goat wasn’t being served until 111am and honestly we just stick around for it!

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Mason, Texas: this is a county that we’ve been to, but somehow didn’t have any pictures of proof. So we went again and saw Ft. Mason, and the Seaquist home.

Menard, Texas: ate lunch at this sandwich place, Side Oats Cafe. Very good food and service. I had a tomato pesto, spinach grilled cheese. Mom had the black n blue burger and dad the club. Desert included tuxedo cake and a chocolate chip truffle cookie (not as good as Burt’s horrible cookies in Salem, massachusetts, but good enough to eat, just devour. ) after lunch went to the Real Presidio de San Saba Ruins then off to Ft. mcKabett historical site.

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el dorado, Texas: visited the courthouse while doing so got squawked by prisoners in the jail.

Senora, Texas: finally an interstate, but first we stopped by downtown. Mom found the downtown building of her dreams at a cost of $325,000. Dad entertained himself at the Ranch Museum.

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Rock springs, Texas: just stopped by the courthouse and then took the windy and scenic route to Brackettville, Texas. Not much there either. Back on the road and final stop: Del Rio. Ate Mexican food at Don Marcelinos. Pretty good. Tomorrow: el rio grande!

!pura vida!

Katy