Last April Bob and I did a Volksmarch in Kerrville, Texas, which took us through Riverside Nature Center. The nature center had some beautifully arranged xeriscapes with cacti, mesquite, and other plants that do not require a lot of water.
Xeriscaping is basically landscaping that is dry (Greek: xeros).
I bring this up because today we Volksmarched in Castroville, then drove out to Brackettville, Texas. Along the way, we saw many areas of xeriscaping and south Texas brush country.
Let's start in Castroville. The town is rife with history.
Our 10K (6.2 mile) walk started at Sammy's Restaurant and headed to the outskirts of town, down to Medina Creek, through Castroville Regional Park, past a large, old cemetery and through the historic part of town. Wildflowers, trees and cacti bloomed in red, purple, white and yellow along the way.
Castroville is an Alsatian town with roots in the Alsace region of France at the border with Germany. Many buildings reflect the architectural style brought over from Europe.
Castroville's early residents were mostly farmers. Our walk took 2-1/2 hours because of all the historic markers and photo ops.
Here are photos from our Castroville walk. The temperature was 76 degrees with 90% humidity.
|Alsation Steinbach House Park, Castroville, Texas|
|Mexican hat wildflowers (Ratibida columnifera)|
|Walking in a neighborhood.|
|Red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora) blooming in someone's yard.|
|Medina River, Castroville, Texas.|
|Palo verde tree (Cercidium microphyllum)|
|The "Walking Trail" was a part of our Volksmarch.|
|Scissor-tailed flycatcher in Castroville Regional Park.|
|Castroville Regional Park|
|These look like overflow sites.|
|The main RV park in the trees. Very close quarters.|
|Little-leaf sage (Salvia microphylla "Hot Lips")|
After the 1920s, the picnic and dance were held at Wernette's Garden, now known as Koenig Park. A dance pavilion was built in the park in 1953.
|St. Louis Catholic Church|
|Susan and St. Louis statue|
|Purple orchid tree (Bauhinia variegata)|
|Beautiful wagon planter display in a yard.|
|Mexican Flame Vine (Senecio Confusus) with a skipper (?)|
In the Dubuis House below, the two original rooms were erected in 1947 by Claude Dubuis from Lyons, France. Father Dubuis, the first priest in Castro's colony, was captured not once, but twice, by Comanches in 1847. He escaped unharmed both times and went on to become a bishop of Texas. This house is the first example of Alsatian architecture in Castroville.
|The Dubuis House|
|First Courthouse of Medina County.|
|Geyer-Rihn House - it looks so inviting.|
|Fields of wildflowers still in blom.|
|This year is the 131st annual St. Louis Day Celebration. |
This festival has a long history in Castroville!
|Freeze frame. "If I don't move, they can't see me."|
Double click on the historic marker below to read about how Castroville started.
|We stopped in at Haby's Bakery for snacks.|
|Mural on the side of Haby's Bakery.|
Fortified, we headed west on U.S. 90 to Uvalde and Brackettville. See part 2 of today's post for more.
Welcome to Spacerguy, who dropped in from a parallel universe, and One Texan's Travel's [sic].