Fredericksburg to Fort Stockton
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Dinner last night at The Auslander was good - not great. Jag and I both had German sausages. I had a spicier one than my Indian husband did. Hah! The problems with the meal came with the side orders: green beans straight from the can and, in my case, potato pancakes that are no where near as flavorful as the latkes I make for Passover. Jag had cooked red cabbage that was fairly sweet. Between that and the beer he drank, his blood sugar reading went way high. Since most Americans eat a lot, the servings were huge. We had enough food for lunch today.
Last night was one of those magical ones you only see with a full moon. The clouds were playing hide-and-seek with Luna, looking three dimensional in an eerie way.
Fredericksburg is a pleasant town and very proud of its German heritage. Other than the LBJ Ranch, the main sight of touristic interest is theNational Museum of the Pacific War, dedicated in part to native son, Admiral Chester Nimitz. We did not take the time to tour the museum, as I was not feeling up to par this morning. I felt much better this afternoon.
One thing I forgot to mention yesterday: at the LBJ Ranch I was astounded by the number and variety of butterflies I saw. The most beautiful had velvety black wings with patches of electric blue.
As we drove along I was mystified at the mindset of the Texas authorities that set the speed limits in this state. The highways for the most part are four lanes. However, the secondary roads do not have center dividers or barriers of any kind and the speed limit is 70 mph! On I-10 it is 80 for cars and 70 for trucks. I recognize the huge distances that need to be covered in this second-largest state, but shouldn’t safety come first? Are there any Texans out there who would be kind enough to explain this to me?
The weather has been very changeable today. It rained in Fredericksburg during the early morning hours, but it was warm and extremely humid (93% according to the Weather Channel) when we left for Fort Stockton.
The Texas scenery today was beautiful. The hills and mesas are covered with live oak, juniper and, if juniper is present, probably pinyon pine. I was not expecting this type of topography. I thought it would be flat and almost desolate and desert-like. The land does not, however, look particularly fertile.
Because of all of the motels in the Choice Hotels Group we have stayed at during this journey, we are staying for free at a brand-new (as of June, 2008) Sleep Inn hotel in Fort Stockton. It is really nice - especially since it is gratis! The room is very comfortable with a real desk and proper executive chair making it computer-user friendly.
The town of Fort Stockton is dependent almost entirely on the oil industry.
Tomorrow we will stay in Las Cruces, New Mexico. Again, the points we have earned will get us a nice room at a Comfort Inn for free. Quality Inn in the town of Kingman will also be free. Yay!