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Dog-trot Cabin

 


Made it to Stonewall late Monday afternoon. Took us about 4 hours to get everything torn down (satellite dishes, etc.) and found a place for everything. We had been at with no hookups for 105 days, getting by with just our solar panels (and running the generator a couple hours a day to keep that darn freezer cold). We gassed up at Rock Springs and took some 2-lane back roads over through Fredericksburg and to the RV park – about 13 miles east of there. Stonewall has about 450 people in it. We went up to the clubhouse to download our mail, had supper, and are watching something about Mars that Bob had recorded, since the TV reception here is terrible. We may set up our satellite again for the DishTV. We’ll probably go to LBJ Ranch and tour Johnson City tomorrow, as it’s supposed to rain later in the week so we want to do outside stuff in the decent weather. I think Weebles likes her new home, since he’s initiated at least 10 bushes in the park !!! We’re up in the “hill country” now, and it reminds us a lot of Iowa – rolling hills, trees, etc.

Tuesday we went to the LBJ National Historical Park, a couple miles down the road from where we are camped. Saw his reconstructed birthplace, the family cemetery where he’s buried, the working farm, the airstrip and hanger, and his original living room/office in the “Texas White House” as his home came to be called. (He had purchased the old stone house and increased its size later in his life). It is right along the Pedernales River, a beautiful view with large oak trees. There is a spot on the river that he had damned up, and would take unsuspecting visitors into the water in his amphibian car! We also toured the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm which is closer to the highway on the south side of the river. It’s an example of day-to-day life as it was in 1918 and it is totally self-sufficient. They raise animals and crops and the volunteers do the cooking daily for themselves and farm hands the old-fashioned way - cast iron cookery on wood-burning stoves. The homes back then had the kitchen separated from the rest of the house by a breezeway to keep it cool, and also had a separate building to do the laundry..

We then drove to Johnson City (about 13 miles east of there). Hit the Dairy Queen first because we were starving. Defintely full when we left.

The tour guide who showed us the home LBJ lived in from age 5 to 26 in Johnson City told us that LBJ’s father, a congressman in Texas, had run up massive debts and people threw IOU’s at his casket during his funeral. LBJ eventually was able to repay all his father’s debts. It was a very large home for those days. We toured the Johnson Settlement, where LBJ’s grandfather brought his bride in 1867. I was known as a “Dog-trot Cabin” and only originally had the 1 room. It served as headquarter for the cattle droving business set up by his grandfather and great uncle Tom.



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