I'd been waiting all week for a window of favorable weather and light, and it finally came on Friday. So off I went, maps in hand and a definite plan in mind.
First I detoured up the Grey Forest Scenic Loop, and then meandered through back country roads to Highway 16 headed north to Bandera. Here are some views along that leg of the trip:
|Grey Forest Scenic Loop: Old Tractor|
|Tarry Bank-Toufant Beauregard Rd:Yucca and Flag|
There was nothing worth seeing in Bandera. Long known as a tourist destination for dude ranches, it is now taken over by bikers on the weekend. I got out as fast as I could.
I stopped in Fredericksburg for a lovely outdoor lunch at a restaurant called "Smoke and Sweet". They feature home-smoked meats and baked desserts. Sort of an unusual combination, but it works. A young woman played the guitar and sang for us. She sounded a lot like Nora Jones.
After lunch I headed up to the Willow City Loop, a famous ride for viewing the flowers. Here are some of the things I saw:
|Ranch Rd 1631: Longhorns and Indian Paintbrush|
|Willow City: Wildflower Landscape|
|Willow City: Phlox|
|Willow City: Wildflowers and Prickly Pear|
|Camp Verde FM480 S of Center Point: Bison|
|Hwy 173 S of Center Point:|
Bluebonnets in Late Afternoon
Finally, here are some special scenes on the way back closer to San Antonio, as the afternoon light took on that wonderful golden quality of late afternoon:
|Highway 16: Phlox and Sheep|
|Pipe Creek Hwy 16: Old Service Station|