Tales From The Camping House

Tales From The Camping House

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

A Walk In The Lake

We are at the Thousand Trails at Medina Lake. Here's a view of the lake

What happened to the lake!!! All that is here, is a little stream running through the middle. We have seen this lake when it's full and it is beautiful. Sadly, whenever there is a drought, this is one of the first lakes that dries up. We really need a lot of rain in Texas to refill the rivers and lakes.

We decided to take a walk around the campground and then headed into the lake!

It looks like this has been a popular place for four wheelers and fireworks!

This is a large cypress log, it looks like this was used to shoot fireworks.

A view from the lake bottom to the top of shoreline where there would be a boat ramp for Thousand Trails.

It's really sad to see everything so dry, but we know there will be rain again someday to fill the lake.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Canyon Lake and A Visit To Johnson Ranch

January 22, 2012

We spent this weekend at Potters Creek, a COE park on Canyon Lake. We had visitors Friday when Melinda and Chris came out.

Saturday, we went into San Antonio to have lunch with my parents and brother, Gary, and sister-in-law, Lisa. 

We planned to go to Johnson City on Sunday, but that morning was foggy and misty. We weren't sure if we would be able to go. However, about 2:00, the sun came out and we decided to make the 35 mile drive. We wanted to tour President Lyndon B. Johnson's Ranch. We had done that once before in the 80's. Since Mrs. Johnson passed away a few years ago, it is now possible to take a tour of the ranch house. There were a total of 6 of us that were taken through the house by a park ranger.  I remembering driving by the ranch when Johnson was President and it was neat to be able to go into the house now. We couldn't take pictures inside, but it was extremely interesting.

We saw his office, the kitchen where the staff was working to prepare dinner for President Kennedy the day he was assassinated. He was supposed to go to the Johnson Ranch that evening. We saw the dining room, living room, and their bedrooms. The top story of the house is not opened yet. There were lots of pictures and many of the things appeared to have changed little since he was presiden

Here's some pictures of the ranch house

The view from the front porch. That's the Pedernales River.

I had to have a picture of me in the swing that sits out between the house and the river.

The Presidential Jet used to take President Johnson to the ranch.

It was a great day to revisit a piece of history.

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Austin, Texas

It's hard to believe I haven't written for more than a month! Time just gets away! We have been in Austin this past month spending the holidays with family and connecting with our granddaughters.

There have been sleepovers 

A trip to the Austin Zoo

And creating a cupcake masterpiece

We even saw some of the sights in Austin. One day we took the Ducks tour and learned about Austin

We also toured the state capitol building. We had been here before, but it had been many years before. We had a beautiful day to see this wonderful place.

We also met our friends Byron and Linda for dinner. We had fun catching up and reminiscing. We have known them since college, Jim was their best man and Byron was our best man at our weddings. Let's not wait another year before we do it again!

The weather has been really great this month. We have had some days where we have to run our air conditioning.  Our heat pump has kept us warm. There have probably only been 2 days below 30 this month. We love warm weather!

It's been great being close to the kids, but it's time to move on. We're heading to Canyon Lake for a few days before we spend a couple of weeks a little further south at the Thousand Trails at Medina Lake.