Fortunately I am very flexible with certain parts of my travel plans. Rain has a way of doing that to you also! I thought I was hopping on my bicycle and later in the day heading to a state park. I also contemplated riding the local bus to downtown San Antonio, but I had already seen the Alamo and downtown San Antonio on past visits. (If you have never visited the Alamo and the downtown riverwalk, you should visit.)
Travel on! None of that was happening, so I had a plan B. Plan B: if the weather looks good I would stop at Guadalupe River State Park. And if the weather turns to rain, then drive on to Fredericksburg. Rain … bummer … so plan C … go directly to Fredericksburg. The drive through the hill country of Texas is actually very pretty, but Fredericksburg is quite the tourist town! It seemed like I saw no one on the road and then saw everyone on Main Street in this town! So many wine tasting rooms, shops selling hats, clothing, jewelry, jams and honey butter …. with tasters of every item, bakeries and restaurants. I did like the old buildings where the front wall was kept and there were historical markers on the buildings. I like seeing us not forget our history so quickly.
Photos of Fredericksburg store fronts & signs:
Squirrels … Back at the Campground!
Wow, these are the most industrious squirrels I have ever spent time watching! At first I thought the campground was overrun with them, but decided the great-tailed grackles are more numerous. The squirrels run head-first up a tree and down a tree, jump from branch to branch, climb out on some flimsy branches; all entertaining to watch. They gather their acorn, dig a deep hole, bury the acorn, truly cover it over with dirt and add any extra dead leaves, then bound off quickly to another spot or tree. By 10 am they are definitely done in this area. I have no idea where they all go, but they are back in the evening before dark and again the next mornings. One morning after the squirrels and grackles were not in the area and while I was working at the picnic table on my laptop, a couple of Egyptian ducks stopped by. A couple of days earlier I saw them at the pond here and I wondered if they are resident ducks. I need to ask someone.
Here are the squirrels in action:
The Egyptian ducks that walked by my site:
Here is a grackle: