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IH 35 Road Trip Part 2

Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013 at 10:10am. 915 Views, 0 Comments.

IH 35 Road Trip – Part 2

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by Celia Hayes

The Czech Bakery in West, Texas by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comThe road was long, and went on and on in the dark. I thought that we'd see the sunrise about the time that we passed Round Rock, but no – thanks to daylight savings time, we didn't see it even begin to get light until we passed through Waco. At that juncture, something moved us to want to take a break. Well, actually three things moved us: we were getting hungry again, my daughter wanted to top up the gas tank, and we both needed to use the bathroom facilities. And there was a billboard advertising the Czech Stop Bakery, and not a truck plaza or another Buc'ees in sight, in a little hiccup of a town called West. So, pull off the highway onto the access road, looking for the

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IH35 Road Trip Part 1

Monday, April 1st, 2013 at 11:55am. 1,396 Views, 0 Comments.

IH-35 Road Trip Part 1

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by Celia Hayes

Road goes ever on and on ... Texas Roadside by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comHaving a book event last Saturday in Belton – a very pleasant and prosperous town overtaken and reduced to mere suburb status by the mighty municipalities of Fort Worth on one side and Dallas on the other. Not having more than a day available to spend on this excursion, and depending on the takings from sales of books at it for any extraneous adventures, we did not take any scenic and exciting backcountry routes to and from. Instead, we took the simple and uncomplicated road – IH-35, at a consistent 60 to 70 MPH, except for twenty minutes on the return journey, stuck in Austin traffic at a slow crawl. How they can manage a

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The Cibolo Creek Flows Through Boerne

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012 at 1:56pm. 1,622 Views, 2 Comments.

A River Flows Through It

 by Celia Hayes Click photos to enlarge

Boerne Riverside Park with Cypress by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comNature Store - Boerne Texas by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comAs the Riverwalk of San Antonio is such an ornament to the city and such a popular tourist attraction (only second after the Alamo) that one of the nicknames for our fair town is 'The River City' you'd think that any municipal organization possessing the necessary attribute – a permanent body of water deeper than a puddle in, or flowing through downtown – would have been been seen as a gift and an opportunity to do something like it. Maybe not cheek by cheek eateries and boutiques – but at least a pleasant string park, paralleling the river bank can this be created, for the benefit of the residents, the enriching of those retail establishments lucky to overlook it, and the sheer

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Back Ways to New Braunfels

Friday, July 13th, 2012 at 10:03pm. 5,320 Views, 0 Comments.

The Town That Was – And the Hardware Store That Is

by Celia Hayes

Feed Store and Hardware Comal County by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comComal Cotton Gin Chimney by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comLately, we've taken to getting to New Braunfels by following Nacogdoches road all the way up to where it intersects with FM 482. Just around that intersection we have been intrigued by a range of old buildings – two of them side by side, weathered gray boards, with a false front and a veranda across the front, looking like something on the set of a Western movie. Around the bend in Old Nacogdoches Road, there is an industrial-looking building of yellow buff brick with a tall chimney. The fourth building – the only one still whole and in use is a little way down FM 842 – a charming and totally random brick church; the Catholic Church of St. Joseph. From the evidence of the storefronts, the

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Nimitz Museum Fredericksburg Texas

Friday, June 15th, 2012 at 8:41am. 2,166 Views, 0 Comments.

Museum of the Pacific – Re-enactor Daze

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by Celia Hayes

Nimitz Hotel in Fredericksburg, Texas By Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comAmong the attractions of Fredericksburg, the queen of the Hill Country is the Museum of the Pacific War. Ever since I started visiting the Hill Country (shortly after coming to settle in a tiny suburban San Antonio home) in 1995, the Museum has been expanding by leaps and bounds. On my very first visit it seemed that everything was pretty much contained within the old Nimitz hotel, the steam-boat shaped edifice at the corner of Main and Washington, with the Japanese peace garden out around in back. At a slightly later date, there was a open-sided shed with sides of chain link, down across Town Creek which contained some large and small relatively indestructible exhibits ... but that was it.

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Road Trip to Bergheim Texas

Thursday, May 31st, 2012 at 2:00pm. 1,724 Views, 0 Comments.

Road Trip: Bergheim

by Celia Hayes

Bergheim General Store and Post Office by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comThe name 'bergheim' means – if I remember my several years of high school and college German correctly – 'mountain home'. Strictly speaking, although the beating urban heart of Bergheim, Texas, is not anywhere near a mountain that I would recognize as such, (having lived at the foot of the Wasatch Range in Utah, or from living in the foothills of California's San Gabriels) it is pleasingly situated at the top of a substantial rise in the Hill Country, and a pleasant drive north from San Antonio. Especially, if you take 46 to get there; either east from Boerne, or west from Bulverde; the road rambles through rolling country, sparsely scattered with small ranches and housing developments, groves of trees, campgrounds

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Buc-ees New Braunfels

Thursday, May 24th, 2012 at 7:12pm. 7,094 Views, 3 Comments.

It's New, It's Huge, It's Buc-ee's New Braunfels!

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The Pride of Buc-ees! by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comMiles and Miles of Texas Tchotckes by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comSince we are somewhat experienced as long-haul road-trippers, we are – thankyouverymuch – aficionados of those beside-the-highway establishments set up to offer gas, food, conveniences, or even just a place to pull over to stretch one's legs and let the dog romp for a bit. Some of these places – like the Pilot Travel Centers and Flying J truck plazas – offer (or did offer, the last time we checked) amazing coffee, with half-and-half on tap, not those nasty little mini-containers of liquid chalk. And when I was stationed at Hill AFB in Ogden, Utah, we always used to calculate our commute to Southern California on I-15 to include a breakfast or lunch stop

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Exploring Buda

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012 at 3:48pm. 2,175 Views, 0 Comments.

Exploring Buda, Texas-Just 45 Minutes North of San Antonio

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by Celia Hayes

Ornamented Store Front in Old Buda by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWe didn't spend all of last weekend watching the wienerdogs run; the Buda City park where that event took place was pleasingly located right next to old down-town Buda, so when we had enough of wandering around between pavilions, we walked along the three or four blocks that constitute Buda ... and looked around. It's one of those sweet, small towns which retain enough of their original late 19th century buildings to be quite charming, even if those buildings mostly run along one side of the street ... because the railway runs alongside the other. Buda's town founding fathers set aside a 150-foot wide reserve of land between Main Street and the International and Great

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Wiener Dog Races in Buda

Friday, May 4th, 2012 at 9:42am. 1,699 Views, 0 Comments.

The Running of the Wiener Dogs in Buda, Texas

by Celia Hayes

The audience on the edge of their seats in the final Wiener Dog heat by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comLet me say up front that we're still a little unsure of how to pronounce 'Buda' – although most of the people that we met there last weekend pronounced it 'B-yu-dah', which is fair enough. For those unfamiliar with the geography of South Texas, it is a once fairly independent and separate little community about an hour's drive north of San Antonio on IH-35, and close enough to Austin that it and the similar little community of Kyle are more or less bedroom slippers to Austin, as Boerne and Bulverde are now bedroom slippers to San Antonio.

A Dog Friendly Event by Celia Hayes www.satxproperty.comWe decided to go to support a friend who has a dachshund and who had a vendor booth for his bird feeders and ornamental lanterns, and because the

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Saturday in Fredericksburg Texas

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012 at 10:56am. 1,699 Views, 0 Comments.

Chocolate Covered Bacon

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by Celia Hayes

Chocolate Covered Bacon-Things Better Left Undone by Celia HayesIt's one of those odd side-effects of having knocked around the world for three decades that there are places that feel more like a home-town to me than the town where I actually grew up. This is compounded by having had to research certain places down to almost the sub-atomic level, with the unsettling result that I finish up knowing the history of certain places in the Hill Country almost as well as a long-time native does.

Indiana glass loganberry pattern candy dish by Celia HayesLast Saturday, my daughter and I had to be in Fredericksburg for the German Heritage Foundation; a breakfast meeting at the Kuckucks' Nest shop to talk about certain historical things, and what was going on with the planning for this year's Pow-wow? Was it still going to be held at

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