Inaugural Retirement trip – Part 4
We had a relaxed morning after the races, and left Austin headed south for some serious 5th-wheel toy hauler shopping at Explore USA in Kyle. We looked at the Cyclone and Voltage models, and found a couple we liked quite a bit, but we weren’t completely convinced. You do give up precious living space for that hallowed garage. Decisions, decisions…
We had planned a route into the hill country, but we missed our intended turn and in a fortunate mistake, rode Hwy 80 from San Marcos to Hwy 12 to Wimberley, which is part of the Texas Hill Country trail.
We stopped for lunch and a few pictures in quaint Wimberley. Many years ago, this was a place I would visit regularly during our hill country rambles (in a car!) with a dear friend when I lived in San Antonio. It was tiny then and has changed and grown, but still keeps its charm.
We were amazed at how green and lush the hill country was this spring. The last time we were in the hill country, in 2011, there was a serious drought and everything was dry and brown, even in spring, and there were very few bluebonnets. After a very wet winter, this year was a wonderful treat for the eyes and camera!
Our wonderful route through this lovely scenery took us right to FM 1376 and Luckenbach, of Willie and Waylon fame. In Luckenbach, we stopped for a beer and listened to a couple of guys jam for awhile in the beautiful, breezy shade of live oaks. This place is so simple but has so much character…
It was now late afternoon, and despite the fact there was a band scheduled, we finally tore ourselves away to go check into Angel’s Lodge Above the Creek, in Fredericksburg. We have stayed at this quaint Inn before, and loved it, so I just have to share the beautiful pictures of our two story suite. Unfortunately, no hotel freebies here, but no upgrades required either! 😉
Door to balcony on left, King log bed and fireplace
Once we finished taking pictures, unpacking and relaxing a bit, we walked a few blocks to dinner at our local favorite for homemade Italian food, Pasta Bella.
At Pasta Bella, we shared a scrumptious salad and a totally amazing ravioli dish!
We strolled Main Street after dinner, stopping to listen to a rocking live music group on the patio of a garden-style restaurant and bar. Once back at the Lodge, the bathroom and soaking tub were so inviting, we luxuriated in the jacuzzi with a glass of wine, and then snuggled into the super comfortable giant King bed!! Another lovely day comes to an end.
If you are ready to continue on our hill country adventure, you can see the next post here.