Monday, October 16, 2017
From Fredericksburg we traveled on to Austin where we spent four days getting the camper ready to go into storage for three months.
"Life in the Fast Lane" This is Marlin's favorite picture. He had me take this out the window while we were driving! Only in Texas can you be traveling 80 miles per hour and have all the other traffic pass you by. Jed would love this!
One of the rationalizations for taking this unusual fall journey was to leave our camper in the warmer parts of the country and not have to fight traveling through the ice and snow of January. Most of those four days were spent cleaning, fixing, packing, and nailing down details. All in 90 degree heat.
We did manage to get out one night for some music in Austin. We decided to go to The Central Market for one-stop dinner and music. Central Market is a huge "Whole Foods like" market, with an in-store cafeteria and outdoor patio where they have a different band playing every night. This night was a local jazz group called the Summer's Arch.
The Market is obviously very popular with families. With the playground behind the stage, plenty of open space for strollers, a large area for dancing, and perfect evening temperature in the 70's, what better entertainment for kids and adults as well. It was fun to watch Dad's and Mom's joining their little ones on the dance floor. Such a wonderful place for families to introduce children to the joys in music.
This unusual adventure has come to its scheduled end. Leaving our camper and truck at a storage space was a bit unsettling, but at least it will be shaded by a huge, lovely, live oak tree while we are gone. See you in January.
We arrived home in Dixmont in time to enjoy the the remains of some beautiful and colorful foliage.
Good to be home again.
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Fredericksburg is a beautiful, well preserved city that was established in 1846 by German immigrants. That German heritage is still very apparent today. Dozens of buildings, constructed from local limestone rock or oak logs, that were built in the 1800's are beautifully preserved and are currently in use. This is the second time we visited this City and it probably won't be the last.
Our first day in town we located the Visitors Center and learned about a City walking tour being held that very evening at 4:00. While waiting for the tour to begin, we found the Fredericksburg Pie Company and sampled some of their pie.
Apple Pie that afternoon,
Cherry Pie the next morning.
The walking tour began at a small house built in 1880 and is open to the public as an example of what is historically called a "Sunday House".
When the town was developed, each emigrant was deeded one town lot and an additional 10 acres of farmland outside of the town. Apparently, as farms grew, families spent the week days on the farm, but came to town on Sunday for church. Even into the 1930's and 1940's some farmers continued this practice and the term "Sunday House" now describes many of the small dwellings within the City limits.
This beautiful limestone building, built in 1881, was the County Court House up until 1939. It now houses the Fredericksburg library.
Many of the dwellings we viewed had this type of historical marker.
We unknowingly arrived just as the annual Oktoberfest was about to begin. My favorite sign seen along the sidewalk in front of a clothing store!. Any, yes, they were giving out free cans of beer if you came in to check out the store..
We were advised to attend the Oktoberfest on Friday night, because they were expecting 20,000 people over the weekend. Several blocks of the city were closed off to foot and vehicle traffic. Rotating bands played in four separate areas, there were multiple tents for artisans to sell their products, food courts in various locals, and strolling acts throughout the venue.
We started off with a beer and listening to a traditional German band called Oma and the Oompahs, where many attendees were wearing traditional German costumes.
The stilt wearing clown wandered in and out of the tents and played practical jokes on patrons.
Strolling musicians entertained while they walked and talked to people.
Great spot to have a picture taken. Marlin refused to pose but this young man didn't mind.
Food was, of course, German. Opa's is a local sausage company. Our dinner sampled some of the Bratwurst and Jalapeno sausage, but later that night when we were hungry for desert, nothing sweet could be found.
The main event was naturally BEER. The entire length of this bar showcased 50 different beers.
Lots of polka dancing.
Entertaining evening, and the beer was great.
Much more to see and do in this charming City. Last time we visited we spent two days at the Nemitz Pacific War museum, which was excellent. Also, lots of fun shopping, or just looking in the varied assortment of shops along Main Street.