Wednesday January 2, 2013
Darkness is falling and, once again, the sun comes out as it goes down. I want to shake my fist and say “stop teasing us!”. I was thinking all day that the only thing that would make the day ideal would be some sunshine. Maybe tomorrow?
A chilly day with a high of about 41. But dry with no wind, so it felt crisp, not bone- chilling like it would be (and was) back home.
I spent a wonderful leisurely day touring the LBJ National Park Sites. There are 2 – his boyhood home in Johnson City and his ranch outside of Stonewall. It’s an easy drive to both and well worth the trips. Both sites gave me a real sense of the person. The focus was not the politician but rather the rancher and Texas son.
|The Johnson family moved here when LBJ was 5. He declared his run for Congress on this porch.|
Touring the ranch house (the Western White House) was especially illuminating. Though it’s a large house, it contains small rooms and has an intimate feel. We saw the big man’s bathroom where he did his business – both literally and figuratively as he had a phone installed next to the toilet.
|The Live Oak is 400 years old|
|Waited for these Longhorn to cross the road|
|There is an airstrip here and a hanger. LBJ called this Air Force One-Half.|
It was kind of a bummer to see artifacts in a museum that were everyday objects when I was a kid. Oh well, it was inevitable, I guess. Several rooms contained 3 televisions which, if you are over 50, you know is because there were only 3 networks. I overheard another (younger) tourist ask the guide if Johnson was able to get cable in such a remote place.
|The unpretentious living room.|
Another highlight was touring a working farm that belonged to one of many German families here in the Pedernales Valley.
Demonstrators were doing chores and it was like stepping back to 1915. Of course, the kitchen was my favorite part.
|Demonstrating how curds and whey are made from unpasteurized milk|
My trusty Garmin is working again! As I suspected, I just needed to load the Western mapping software. It took 4 hours to download so I just went about my business meandering around while the download magic happened via the inverter, laptop, and Mi-Fi. Amazing!
Now, here’s why I love the GDB. This AM after seeing the Johnson City site, I had about an hour’s wait before a local-recommended buffet opened. What to do? It was too cold to stroll around Main Street. So I fired up the furnace, made a pot of coffee, and web surfed. All within view of little Lyndon's outhouse. I just love having my home with me!Tomorrow I plan to explore the park a bit before leaving. Then on to Austin for a visit with Sharon!