Monday, May 26, 2008

New Braunfels, TX and Surrounding Areas

A visit to New Braunfels was something that Shelley had been looking forward to. New Braunfels was settled in 1845 by German immigrants – get out your magnifying glass and read the history in the picture below. The impression that we had was that the city still contained many of the original buildings. Not so – at least not that we saw. Just another small town. However, there are several very nice murals on buildings that were worth seeing. It was difficult to take pictures of them. For instance, one had a dumpster right in the middle of the mural.

After leaving New Braunfels we did some wandering through part of 'Texas Hill Country'. Just a nice drive. Nothing extra special. I think that had we gone through the part of hill country that is east of Austin that we would have been more impressed.

We ended up in Lockhart, TX. The courthouse square there is very picturesque and the courthouse itself was pretty darn photogenic. The best part of Lockhart was the BBQ. The self proclaimed Texas BBQ trail runs from Austin through Lockhart and on to Luling, TX. This same trail is part of the famous Chisholm Trail. During the heyday of the herds, from 1870-1890, 10 million head of cattle traveled up the Chisholm trail. We at at Black's BBQ. Black's was started in 1932 and is still owned and operated by the founding family. It was outstanding. The kind of BBQ that is so flavorful that it needs no sauce. Lunch at Black's made the day a resounding success.

Nothing else of interest/disinterest to report. Nothing on the agenda for tomorrow. So you probably get to take a break from the blog for a couple of days.
See you down the road...

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