The sky was blue, the temperature 72 degrees, and a cool breeze kept us comfortable. At 10:00 a.m. we met Peri and Jim at Benini Galleries and Sculpture Ranch in Johnson City, Texas, for a 10K Volksmarch. This is one of those, "I never would have known this place existed," moments. The Benini's graciously opened up their ranch for today's Volksmarch event sponsored by the Selma Pathfinders Volksmarch Club.
|The Benini Gallery--Peri (left) filling out her Volksmarch start card.|
|Detail of the bird atop the gallery.|
|Rock Paper Scissors|
|The Great Benini by Perkins|
|Mujer Alta by Beckelmann|
|Higher Education II by McGehearty|
|Part of "Five Bucks, One Blue" by Benini|
|Five Bucks, One Blue by Benini|
|"The Great Mother" by Mother Nature|
|More beautiful clouds.|
|Our view as we climbed the hill.|
|Bob, Jim, Peri (behind Jim) and other walkers.|
|Laughter Rising by Michelle O'Michael|
|View of the lower trails.|
|King of the hill.|
Sculptures all along the way...
|Top of the hill.|
|Blue Waterfall and Moon.|
|Red Cross by Bobby Hamric|
|Live oak forest.|
|Road warriors--Bob, Peri, Jim|
|Free range--beautiful blazed horse.|
|A friendly mule.|
|Bad boys in the desert.|
|3-D Wall Sculpture|
|Up high on the wall...see the ceiling?|
|I like this one.|
|The rose is bright emerald green...much prettier than the photo.|
|Very shiny longhorn sculpture.|
|You see this sign after you turn onto Flat Creek Road.|
|Brown paper bag menu and Peri hamming it up for the camera.|
Speaking of LBJ, the second part of our day was to explore the LBJ Ranch (since we were in the neighborhood). All of us piled into Jim and Peri's car for the 13-mile drive to the ranch. Once there, we briefly went in the Visitor Center to find out about the house tour. Peri and I stamped our National Parks Passport books.
Our first stop was the Sauer-Beckmann Living History Farm. There wasn't a lot going on here today as far as the living history part, probably because it was late in the day.
|Five-day-old piglets. Very cute.|
|Mama boss hog.|
|Lynx-point Siamese farm cat.|
|A handsome ram walked right into my photo to say hello.|
|Mom and her calf.|
|Saddle and tack room.|
|Lockheed jet, formally referred to as Air Force One with the President on board.|
|LBJ called it Air Force One-half.|
|LBJ ranch house.|
|You can see supports holding up the branches of the Cabinet Tree.|
Also on the grounds near the house are buildings for the Secret Service and Communications teams.
|About four mobile homes make up the command center.|
|There's even a spotted beetle to the left of the butterfly!|
Wow, you're probably thinking, that's enough for one day. But wait, there's more. After the ranch we all thought Dairy Queen sounded really good. We stopped at the one in Johnson City for Blizzards. As we were sitting eating our Blizzards and sampling each other's flavors, a bizarre little "car" was pulled over by Johnson City's Chief of Police right outside the window of the DQ. The photo op was too good to pass up. Here's what we saw...
|A 1988-vintage motorcycle.|
Not being very shy about asking strangers questions, I went up to the officer in his car, stuck my head in the window and said, "What is that?" He said, "I don't know, but I'm fixin' to find out. I stopped him because I didn't see a license plate, but now I see it." Frankly, I think the officer stopped him to find out about it and to have his picture taken by it. (Which did happen, by the way. He asked a curious bystander to take his photo next to the motorcycle.)
|The rest of the picture.|
|Owner in the blue shirt, his wife is to the right of the officer.|
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And that was the end of our fun day with Jim and Peri, other 5th wheel full-timers. You can learn more about them at Tales from the Camping House.
It's getting late and tomorrow is another 10K walk for Bob and I, plus our RV park Olympics will be in the afternoon. I'm on a team called The Internationals and Bob is on the Dixie's Cups team. I will be competing in the washer toss and the team relay. Bob doesn't know yet what he'll be competing in.
And that's life on the road. Travel Bug propping her eyelids up. Good night.