After three nights at Inks Lake, we moved on to our next destination: San Angelo State Park in west Texas. Those of you in the know might be asking, “Why in the world would you go to San Angelo?” The answer is we couldn’t get into any of the state parks that the cool kids were going to due to spring break and SXSW. To be honest, San Angelo was quite lovely. We had a site on the (very low) lake. We took a few family hikes and Craig was able to break in his mountain bike on the many trails. San Angelo SP is also the home of the official Texas State Longhorn herd which you can see on the trails.
We took a self guided tour of Fort Concho where the highlight was the telephony museum. Adele was both fascinated and confused by the telephones.
The weather turned cold on us and needless to say, I was ready to move on to our next stop.
Fredericksburg is a little town deep in the hill country. It is one of many towns in the area founded by German immigrants in the 19th century. It is known as the peach capital of Texas and swiftly becoming the heart of Texas wine country.
We also indulged in authentic German food, something I haven’t had since I was a little girl in Germany.
Craig was able to reconnect with is boyhood friend, Rex. After listening to some of the antics these two got into as children, all I can say is “It was the 70s!”
No visit to Fredericksburg is complete without a visit to Luckenbach, the place where “everybody is somebody”.
We took a drive out to Dripping Springs to visit the Deep Eddy vodka distillery. If you’ve never heard of Deep Eddy vodka, go out and get you some. They are particularly known for flavored vodkas; the tea, grapefruit, and peach being especially popular. After a little liquid refreshment, we went to Pedernales Falls State Park. The big attraction of the park is the huge slabs of limestone that the Pedernales River flows over. We had a great time climbing and splashing in the river.
My very first visit to Texas was to San Angelo to attend a friend’s wedding. I feel like I have come full circle and find myself missing San Angelo and the charm of the place!
It was actually very nice. I think it’s the type of place that personifies Texas.