We are now at Lady Bird Johnson Municipal Park in Fredericksburg, arriving yesterday well before the predicted severe thunderstorms. This is a pleasant city campground with water, electric, sewer and cable.The weekly rate is $175, better than the $30 nightly rate.
The view from our site.
We walked around the park and hiked the couple miles of nature trails, one of which took us along the banks of Little Oak Creek.
We even got to walk through some areas of the famous Texas Bluebonnets.
The weather predictions came true, and we finally got the severe thunderstorm/tornado watch about 9pm, with the power going out shortly after it started raining. It is always nerve racking sitting in the RV wondering what to do, and as usual we just sat it out. The hail came down about 11, and I was ready to run to the restroom building, thinking a tornado would soon follow. It didn’t, but with the thunder, lightning, hail, and alerts from the weather radio, it was a bit stressful and we didn’t get much sleep until the thunder and rain finally let up around 2am. The hood of the car now has quite a few dimples from the hail but Jim couldn’t see any damage to the Lazy Daze.
Today we visited the LBJ Ranch and took the self guided tour (they loan you a CD to listen to along the drive). It is a beautiful ranch and we can see why LBJ spent so much time there.The Pedernales River runs through it, and after all the rain last night it was flowing swiftly.
It is still a working ranch, so we got to see lots of farm animals.
There is a family cemetery under the shade of huge live oaks.
We also visited the Texas White House for a ranger guided tour. The interior is being restored and is decorated just as it was when they were living there. No photography was allowed inside the house.
LBJ’s plane, a Lockheed C-140 JetStar, which he liked to call Air Force One Half.
Along with several Lincoln Continental Convertibles, he owned other unique vehicles. A 1934 Ford Phaeton, his hunting vehicle.
This is a German made Amphicar, the only civilian amphibious car ever made. LBJ liked to surprise his guests by driving it into the river.
It was an enjoyable afternoon, free for the auto tour, $2 a person for the ranger tour of the house and definitely worth it.
On the way home we stopped at Wildseed Farms, an interesting garden shop. restaurant and wildflower farm.
A field of corn poppies.
We capped off the day with a beer at Fredericksburg Brewing Company. Looks like there is plenty here to keep us busy all week.