April 12 to 15, 2012 - Luling and Harper, TX

We left Livingston on the 12th and drove down to Houston where we stopped at a Costco with the motorhome and stocked up.  Then we took I-10 west. 

We did see some of the Texas wildflowers as we traveled, but it was hard to get good photos. 

After 214 miles we were camped at Riverbend RV Park in Luling, Texas.  We last camped here in November 2006, when we were also going from Livingston and stopped at the same Costco on the way.

Since we disconnected the car to get properly in the campsite we took it back one exit to see "Buc-ee's" hoping to find something we wanted to get.

Buc-ee's was large but we didn't find anything we needed this time.  But now we know what they have.

April 13th we headed west and took a beltway around San Antonio, then past Kerrville, and then followed directions to our friend's John and Jane's ranch in Harper, TX.  John let us in the gate and to our full hookup 50AMP pull-thru campsite with free wifi.  Our day's travel was 136 miles.

Nice setup.

This is a weather station on Weatherunderground.com that John had set up, so we even had accurate weather info at our campsite.

We had last seen Jane and John in West Memphis on October 23rd.  John was the person who showed us the Acer Iconia A500 10" Android tablet.  We bought one ourselves and have been very happy with it.

We visited for a while after getting set up and Bill went with John to feed Buckaroo (Bucky), their Axis Deer, a snack.   They have other exotic and not so exotic animals here on the ranch as we will show with photos and videos later.

Then the four of us went out to eat at the Longhorn Cafe in Harper:

The food was quite good and very reasonably priced.  The flan that came highly recommended by our waitress was about the best any of us have had.

The next day, the 14th, we drove to Fredericksburg, kind of ground zero for this part of the Texas Hill Country.   Fredericksburg was settled by Germans originally and still boasts German heritage.   There is a lot to see in Fredericksburg, much more than we were able in a few hours. 

Photos from Fredericksburg

The four of us had dinner at the Harper Volunteer Fire Department fundraising dinner.  Here is what Bill's dinner looked like.

It was busy even as we left.  It looks like the fundraiser was a success.

They even had an air evac helicopter for show.

The next day the four of us went to Wildseed Farms just east of Fredericksburg for the day.

Photos from our April 15th trip to Wildseed Farms in Fredericksburg Part 1, Part 2

Afterwards the four of us had dinner at Billy Gene's in Kerrville, which was very good and reasonably priced.

The ranch has many animals, including the exotic Axis Deer, Guinea Fowl and Blackhorn Antelope.

Photos and videos of ranch animals Part 1, Part 2

Now we have to move on to New Mexico.  We had a great visit with John and Jane.

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