Hill Country refers to a region of central Texas that includes all or part of 25 counties. The majority of our time has been spent in the Upper Guadalupe River & Medina River Region visiting state recreation areas and the towns of Kerrville, Comfort, Medina, Bandera, and Boerne. We did venture out to the Fredericksburg Region with Enchanted Rock State Natural Area and the historic town of Fredericksburg being the big draw. We made two attempts to visit Enchanted Rock, but construction closings and a trip to the orthodontist for me interfered with us hiking the largest pink granite monadnock (I had to look that word up!) in the United States. It was designated a Texas Historic Landmark in 1936.
We did, however, visit Fredericksburg to soak in the history and flavor of one of Hill Country's small Texas towns that began in 1846 as a German outpost.
This 26 foot carousel structure is a Christmas Pyramid and is a traditional German Christmas decoration dating back to the 16th century.
Woodworkers would use their moving art to capture children's attention and teach them Bible stories. The artisans would create figurines depicting each part of a story and arrange them in order on the tiers of the pyramid. Typically they tell the Nativity story of the birth of Jesus.
We enjoyed strolling the sidewalks filled with flowers and benches. This day, there was lots of excitement in the air as most store fronts were being "dressed" for Christmas.
Between buildings and behind buildings were quaint and cozy gardens.
And our stop would not be complete without a few cowboys necessities like boots...
|Joe is quite a handsome cowboy!|
|Our grandson Felix gets horse riding lessons from Joe.|
Joe and I had a nice surprise yesterday. Clyde, Joe's friend/boss from his Navy days back in the 60s and his wife Pat pulled in to Medina. We had a lovely visit with lots of laughs last night and are looking forward to seeing them again tonight.
Until next time...
|Sites like this are common on the winding two-lane roads.|
HAPPY TRAILS !