|Louisiana may have jello shots—but Wingate, TX, has a Goat Cook-Off, and y'all are invited|
|Bluebonnets, as seen from the Miata|
The photo above was snapped while entering the hamlet of Wingate, a 200-soul settlement somewhere between Sweetwater and Brownwood. Winters (where the local high school's athletes are called the "Blizzards") is just down the highway. Man, you gotta love those names! I left the Hub City yesterday before noon to drive down to Bertram, a bit north of Austin, to spend the night at Mark and Ann's place, fine in-laws of Judy's and thus mine. Even though they were not around (unfortunately, I must add), they had opened the doors to their beautiful home on Oatmeal Creek for me to spend the night. The drive (334 miles to their place, to be exact) was unbelievably beautiful. It was one of those perfect days to drive the little roadster: temps in the mid to high 70s, no wind, and nothing but sunshine. I saw my first bluebonnets just outside of Santa Ana, and from there, it was just one flower field after the other.
|Bluebonnets in Mark and Ann's backyard|
"It is spring, moonless night in the small town, starless and bible-black, the cobblestreets silent and the hunched, courters'-and-rabbits' wood limping invisible down to the sloeblack, slow, black, crowblack, fishingboatbobbing sea. The houses are blind as moles (though moles see fine to-night in the snouting, velvet dingles) or blind as Captain Cat there in the muffled middle by the pump and the town clock, the shops in mourning, the Welfare Hall in widows' weeds. And all the people of the lulled and dumbfound town are sleeping now."
|How about this for a night out of town? Welcome to Oatmeal Creek|
|A typical Texas "welcome" (BTW, those are Indian Paintbrush in the background|
|Wildflowers at Rocky Hill Ranch, just outside of Smithville, TX|
|Looks to me like acacia in full bloom|
|Babies are always cute—nopales|
So, with all that said, it's time to turn in and call it a night. Hope you enjoyed the pics, and tune back in after a day or two, just in case exciting things happen to this here German.