Those who know us know we don't often travel with an itinerary and rarely have campground reservations ahead of time. Call us "non-committal" if you like but that's the way we like it -- not always, but most of the time. Anyway, upon reaching Fredericksburg and finding our first choice campground filled, we tried our second through sixth choices -- and they were full too!
It took less than 3 frantic minutes to find a nearby town with campground space available. All we had to do was get out of the touristy city of Fredericksburg. We went to Johnson Creek RV Park in Ingram, Texas where the campground is part of a working pecan ranch. The roads are paved, the pads concrete and grass actually grew between the spaces. We committed for a week. It was a bit farther from the sights we want to see, but the lower price, quiet surroundings and star-filled night sky sure made up for the distance.
|Our campsite in the pecan trees at Johnson Creek RV Park. |
That's Wayne with Lexie and Ozzie in their stroller. We'd been for a long walk.
|Johnson Creek RV Park chapel along the river.|
|Johnson Creek RV Park Western Town is complete with a jail.|
|Texas Bluebonnets are in full bloom.|
These were on the State Park property.
|Part of the State Park, this historic sight was the home of a close Johnson neighbor but I forgot the name.|
|Trinity Lutheran Church where the Johnson's attended.|
|The road leading to the LBJ Ranch is Ranch Road 1|
|Junction School. It is open to the public via the rear entry,|
|Home of Lyndon Johnson's grandfather. We saw photos of young Lyndon playing here.|
|LBJ Boyhood home.|
|This beautiful scene is along the road to the ranch, not far from the Perdernales River.|
|The Johnson Family cemetery. |
The two largest headstones are for Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson
After stopping by each of these sights, we drove onto the vast LBJ Ranch property which, does remain a working ranch today -- complete with livestock.
|LBJ Livestock Barn. Mrs. Johnson had this one built to replace the one near the house.|
|LBJ referred to this aircraft as Air Force One-Half.|
|The Texas White House. The President's office is in the single level part of the home on this side of the picture.|
The tour takes visitors through the very intimate parts of the Johnson home, including the President's bathroom where there is a telephone on the wall next to the commode. An "Air Force One" towel hung on the towel bar. We saw the First Lady's bathroom too. Both closets were open and contained their clothes, shoes, hats and other items we have all seen in photographs. It was a strange thing to see the President's personal belongings. It seemed as though they might walk in to see us looking at their private lives.
|The Johnson swimming pool and the exit from Lady Bird Johnson's bedroom to the yard.|
|LBJ Ranch cattle|