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Report 1789: Spring Break in Central Texas

By Doug Phillips from Canada, Spring 2010

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Page 5 of 7: Wednesday: Fredericksburg and the Hill Country

photo by Doug Phillips

Main Street, Fredericksburg

Today we went out into the Hill Country arriving in Fredericksburg by 10:30am. You don't arrive in Fredericksburg by chance; it's not really on the way to anywhere else. Fredericksburg is a tourist destination with a long, wide main street lined with a great variety of shops offering everything from salsa to patio furniture. The most surprising feature of the town is an impressive museum dedicated to the war in the Pacific in World War II. There are many wineries in the vicinity, including one right in the town and several peach-orchards are evident in the surrounding farmland. A few miles outside the town there is a large commercial operation based on the selling of wild seeds; and a few miles farther away, close to the small town of Stonewall, is the LBJ Ranch. In short, there is something for almost everyone in or near Fredericksburg. It's well worth the time spent getting there. And it was busy.

The National Museum of the Pacific War is not located in Fredericksburg by chance. The town was the birthplace of Admiral Chester W. Nimitz. The museum has recently undergone a large expansion and re-opening. There is also an adjacent bookstore. No visit to the museum, but I enjoyed a conversation with the gentleman running the bookstore. Nice man.

Lunch at the Peach Tree Restaurant on South Adams St, a couple of blocks off Main St. - a recommendation from alyssa on ST. Thanks, we enjoyed it.

On our way home we stopped at Wildseed Farms, a combination nursery / retail center / farm store / beer garden (!). I bought some seeds - hope to have Texas bluebonnets blooming in Eastern Ontario. I also picked up a packet of purple pepper seeds and a package of wildflower mix. At checkout, the helpful clerk said I could plant the seed mixture anytime. I said that I would have to wait for the snow to disappear and the ground to thaw before that might be a good idea.

We drove over to Fredericksburg mainly on US 290. We returned home by a different route, turning north on US 281 at Johnson City passing through Marble Falls and Burnet - a few minutes more but a much more interesting drive - not as much traffic and visually much more diverse.

We enjoyed Fredericksburg and our drive through the Hill Country. The only downer was that Liam didn't have a good day - not really very comfortable most of the time, even when he was out and about. And he's a guy who loves to be outside.

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