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Monday, March 25, 2019

The Hill Country

North and West of the San Antonio area is the Hill Country, or some may call it 'cowboy country'. Lots of ranches in these hills. Even Willie Nelson has a horse ranch in the hills north of San Antonio. It's such a pretty area and lots of roads crisscrossing the landscape. We went on lots of drives through the hills. Lots of small towns scattered throughout the area and each one seemed to have something unique to see.




It seemed like each hill had a house on it.




County Courthouse in Bandera.


The Frontier Times Museum in Bandera.


They had lots of samples of currency from around the world.

A metal bell collection.

Cool fireplace. Never did find out who Marvin was though.



Sign made with Rattlesnake rattles.

Bullet safe that had been broken into using a blow torch. The damage was repaired and then continued to use. Yep the thieves got away with the money.

Barbwire fence samples.

Down the road from Bandera to Medina Lake.
 The San Antonio area lies atop an aquifer that provides water to much of the area however the aquifer is not always able to keep up with demand. There are a number of water control dams in place that provide water storage. They are also used for recreation and popular spots for housing.

Medina Lake


The dam holding back Medina Lake


Medina Lake provides beaches and boating for locals.


Lots of Bluebonnets throughout the area.





The little town of Devine had some cute little buildings like this tiny church........

.....and this old garage next to the church.

Between Device and Castroville is this quaint little museum. Started by a husband and wife to display their collections of stuff, it has expanded with donations form others that can't store their 'treasures'.



BMW motorcycle with sidecar. I doubt the US Army used BMW motorcycles though.

Very nice and colorful collection of old pumps from the area.




1936 Model A truck.

Cute little motorcycle sold by........

........JC Penney!


Interesting flag with an incredible history. It flew over US Headquarters on November 11, 1918 at the Armistice signing.

Attached to the Museum was a building full of quilts. A group of local ladies get together to sew quilts as a hobby and then sell them to fund various charities. Most impressive!





Another Bluebonnet field beside the Museum.

Bluebonnet

Indian Paintbrush

So pretty!


....and that was Our View From Here!