Weather forecasts predicted sun and 73 degrees with a breeze, perfect for walking.
Since I am way behind on my Centurion Challenge (100 Volksmarches in a year), I wanted to do two 10K walks today in Fredericksburg, Texas, a historic German community. Fredericksburg is 1-1/4 hours from San Antonio so we thought getting there around 11:30 would work well to fit in two walks.
Our drive to Fredericksburg is on I-10 with speeds up to 75 mph, then on US 87 with a speed of 65-70 mph. It was smooth sailing most of the way.
Both walks started at the Quality Inn on Adams St. in Fredericksburg. We had planned on two 10K walks, but the walk box didn't have any 10K walk directions for the Town & Country Walk. The Town & Country 6K (3.72 mi) walk had many, many copies of directions so we opted to do the 6K. On the 6K walk I kept telling Bob how boring it was. I'm actually glad there weren't directions for the 10K walk. We did see pretty homes on a hilltop and a couple of deer.
At one time, we didn't follow the directions correctly and went out of the way. But we got back on track and kept going.
|Pampas grass blooms in sunlight.|
|Small cabin made of logs and stone (1883).|
|Large cabin made of limestone (1892)|
Our second walk, a 10k, started out by retracing the last four blocks of our previous walk, but then we veered off in the other direction toward downtown. An interesting garden and labyrinth caught our eye, but the business was closed on Sunday, so we looked at it through the fence.
Next door was The Herb Farm which had a spa, cabins, and a Sunday brunch. We were hungry, but looking at the patrons entering the restaurant, we weren't dressed up enough to go in. I was in jeans and a T-shirt, Bob was in shorts and a ratty looking T-shirt. Maybe another time.
Across a street and around another corner, we saw the following cute bird cottage.
Downtown Fredericksburg has a lot of historical buildings and cute shops. It was our first time walking past most of them.
|County jail of 1885.|
|St. Joseph's Halle, 1900|
|1906 St. Mary's Catholic Church|
|Historical Society Building (originally First Methodist Church)|
|Stained glass inside Historical Society Building|
|Mexican feather grass.|
|Another Sunday House.|
|Zion Lutheran Church, 1853.|
The most interesting historical maker was about a gun cap factory which used to stand on Main St. Click to enlarge the marker below. We learned a lot from it. Hope you enjoy reading it.
|A street (art) performer.|
|Bob at our table in Wheelers.|
|St. Barnabas Episcopal Church|
|Interior of St. Barnabas church.|
Below is the Heinrich Bierschwale house. It was built in 1872-1873. This is a two-story stone vernacular house with a one-story full-facade porch with bracketed columns. The home remained in the Bierschwale family for over a century!
|Heinrich Bierschwale house|
From this street we made our way back to the car. After one quick stop at the bakery, we headed the car toward home.
On the way home, we had the most beautiful sky and cloud formations. By the time we got back to San Antonio, there were no clouds in the sky at all!
Thanks for coming along with us and "seeing" our walk. We enjoyed sharing it with you.
Travel Bug out.