Exploring the Texas Hill Country

January 25, 2015 – Yes, today was the last day of PAX South.  The weather was also perfect, and we decided to head out to explore the area after checking out the Gearbox panel first thing in the morning.  We also saw that there was a massive storm heading towards the East coast, so last night we changed our travel plans, moved our flight up to 9:30 am on Monday, and got a hotel in Houston by the airport.

To the panel!
To the panel!

After breakfast at the hotel we headed north toward Enchanted Rock State Natural Area.  Along the way we passed through Fredericksburg, a charming and very German (Strasse on street signs, anyone?). Enchanted Rock is a huge dome that offers a short hike to the top and fantastic (and windy) views over the Texas countryside.  There’s also a little cave you can crawl into, but unfortunately we weren’t dressed for the occasion.  We did enjoy sitting on the giant rock and taking in the views of the quiet, brush covered hill country. After climbing down the rock we got two root beer floats from the concession stand.  The ice cream was good, though be warned that the floats are quite small.

The weather was not this nice in Boston.
The weather was not this nice in Boston.

Then began the grand trek back to Houston.  We didn’t run into any traffic on the two lane road back to Fredericksburg, and we made good time to the Rudy’s BBQ by Austin.  They didn’t have the green chile with brisket, but they did have fantastic moist brisket, creamed corn, and airy white bread.  Really, there’s no way to describe the brisket.  Sweet, salty, moist, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth beef.

Yes, I made it across the creek.
Yes, I made it across the creek.

We made good time to the hotel, gassed up the car, and went to bed thinking things were good to go.  What we didn’t know was that the early flight we selected would be canceled overnight (go figure, the flight leaving later would be allowed to fly as scheduled), and that we would be flying through Newark, getting there and leaving just as the snow started.  To read more about that adventure, check out this post.

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