Onward to Texas Hill Country (March 2017)

We have finally committed to turning around and to go east. Not sure that this is the right decision but there is plenty of new territory for us to explore and I am looking forward to new adventures.

The campground was basically a field, but sites were new and kept very clean. The campground stayed about half empty and many days we had a bit of space between us and a neighbors.

It’s been a long time since we’ve been to the Texas Hill Country, so we thought since we were now heading east that this would be a fun stop for us. It was getting harder to find nice camping places now that we are approaching spring break, so we picked Fredericksburg as our base and camped at Quiet Creek RV Resort. Nothing exciting, but we had a nice pull through site with full hookups, and decent space between sites. The place was meticulously maintained. Every morning, staff was out raking and grooming the sites and grounds. There was plenty of room to walk the dog  and even a little off leash fenced in dog park.

There are lots of wineries near Fredericksburg, and it was hard to pick just a few. We picked a few that we hadn’t been to before and spent a day tasting. My favorite tasting was at Kuhlman Cellars because they offered a sommelier guided food & wine pairing. I would have loved the recipes for those tastings to take home as well. Simply delicious! Another day we went to pick up some wine for our daughter from Stone House Vineyard near Spicewood, Texas. She wanted the XO Tawny Port which we asked to taste and it was positively delightful. They offered the tasting outside on a patio overlooking a lake and their vineyards. After the tasting, we each had a glass of wine and I of course had a glass of that delicious XO Tawny Port. Relaxing and gorgeous, that’s the way to do it! The drive there and back was beautiful and we started spotting a few of the Texas famous bluebonnets along the roadside.

Hiking Enchanted Rock. It’s arid country.
Coda didn’t want to move after crossing the stream.

We didn’t just drink wine. We spent a day hiking with our dog at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. Dogs are only allowed on the Loop Trail which is about 4.5 miles long. This was the longest walk that we had done in a while and it was hot. It was pretty tough on Coda but he did find a river crossing to cool off in and he completed the trail. He was happy to rest the entire next day. The trail had nice views and the river crossing was fun too.

Stone formations along the trail.

We spent another day driving the Willow City Loop Scenic Drive. We drove this years ago during the full spring bloom and were treated to fields and fields of bluebonnets and wildflowers. Not so much this time. We were just a couple of weeks too early but we did enjoy a few patches of the bluebonnets and lots of great scenery.

Back roads were narrow and lacked bridges (steams just flowed over roads), but were a lot more interesting than the highways.

Fredericksburg is known for it’s German cuisine. One morning we went to the German bakery and enjoyed some delicious pastries. Another day we had  a relaxing and casual dinner at the Fredericksburg Brewing Company.

Texas Hill Country is a beautiful area and we had a delightful and relaxing stay there.

Our backroad trips drew the attention of the local longhorns.

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