Winnie 1 - Nov. 23 through 26; then
Friday, Nov. 23, the three Winnies drove to
It is deer hunting season in west Texas so we saw a lot of deer stands set among the scrub oak in the pastures and many modified jeeps, “Mules”, and other assorted 4-wheelers being towed or hauled on the road. Hunting is BIG here!
Upon our arrival in
Much of the German culture has been retained through the years with two choirs in town that present concerts in German, some church services are in German, and good German food is readily available. The town has many shops – including local wineries’ tasting rooms – that cater to tourists that visit the area on weekends.
Winnie 2: Shops are upscale—in some respects several remind me of shops in
One style of home that is unique to
The weather turned cold while we were in
Winnie 1: Yea! Finally I get to wear the turtle-neck sweaters that I brought. The weather did not keep us from getting out and about in the downtown area.
Visiting the Lyndon B. Johnson homes and Luckenbach
Finally the third day dawned clear (the 26th). It was time to visit “out doors” sites, so we drove to the
And, of course, no visit to this part of
And the Luckenbach bar was the site of our daily Happy Hour
The Winnies split up, temporarily
Tuesday, Nov. 27
Today Winnie 1 left to spend a few days in
Winnies 2 and 3 stayed on in
And finally Winnie 4 (Roberta Cox) joined us. Now the Four Adventurous Winnies were together.
And with Winnie 4’s arrival – plus the nearness to the brewery that makes Shiner Beer – a tour was in order. Since you’ve missed out hearing from her so far, she agreed to write about this.
Winnie 4 (Roberta): I finally got my motorhome out of hock and joined up with Winnie 2 and 3 in
Liz and I got to Shiner a little early...we were meeting Winnie 1 there....and decided breakfast was needed. Just as we were getting the meal, saw Carol's Aspect motorhome go by! We finally all met and went on the brewery tour. The brewery was started in the early 1900's by a good German man, Mr. Spoetzl. There were a lot of German farmers settled in the area and they wanted a taste of their homeland. The brewery thrived, even through prohibition, creating "near-beer" to keep things going. The brewery is a 24-hour operation and very clean. In the gift shop, they passed out samples...you were "limited" to four glasses! They also had lots of goodies to purchase.
We went to the local grocery store and my gal pals bought three cases, plus a six-pack of the Shiner stuff.....should last them a week or so. HA! Winnie 1 had been visiting a friend in
While our time at Goliad was short, we’ve all expressed interest in returning some day – perhaps on our drives back to
Our timing couldn’t have been better. Friday night’s big event was the annual Christmas Comes to Goliad celebration. After walking the decked out
Saturday morning was the annual Pony Express event, and there was a mail exchange at the entrance to
Then back at the park, we prepared to travel the final 80 miles to our winter roost in
But before we drove off, the Winnebago motorhomes were lined up and through the magic of remote photo-taking, we had our first complete group, complete with motorhomes, shot. Check out our lovely color-changing shirts (we found them in