There has been a lot of talk about bucket lists. Items people add to their bucket lists can take them all over the world. But here in Texas there is so much to do people are making their bucket lists of things to do and places to go right inside our Texas Borders, and there is plenty to keep you busy. My husband and I love to explore Texas. Most weekends we will take a day and hop in our vehicle and head out in a direction we have never been, on a road we have never been to locations unknown. We just let it happen but for many people that is a little too unstructured so for those of you who need a destination you might find this TV Series The Texas Bucket List helpful. We try to catch the show each week but if we miss it there is a Facebook Page and other social medial sites to catch up with. Warning, with so many cool things to see and do in Texas deciding which direction to go first might be a little daunting! For those of you who are moving to this Great State….look what great things you have to look forward to! I
My husband and I love to kayak. A few weeks ago we went to the North Shore Park of Lake Bastrop for a paddle. Thought I would share some pictures and information about the park and lake. There is day use, and overnight camping. There are RV spots and also small cabins to rent. You can fish the lake with a license. There is a nice swim beach, and sand volleyball court. The restrooms have shower facilities. There are a couple of pavillions for parties, and picnic sites with grills.
This last Saturday morning my husband and I joined friends at the North Shore of Lake Bastrop for some leisurely kayaking! It was a perfect morning for it, the sky was partially overcast and there was a light breeze. We got there pretty early and paid our 5.00 per person day use fee. There were other early birds out there, mostly fishermen and women. Normally we launch our kayaks off the beach but since the boat ramp wasn’t being heavily used we launched there this time. We paddled for about 2 hours following the shore line. Saw lots of wildlife! It was totally relaxing.
If you are looking for a home and you enjoy kayaking you might consider looking in Bastrop. You can kayak Lake Bastrop and the the Colorado River right here! And Bastrop is only about 34 miles from Austin! Bastrop is a growing community with lots of amenities and a wide variety of housing for sale from 3/2 in local subdivisions to ranch land in the surrounding county. If you would like to learn more about real estate for sale in Bastrop please give me a call! Five One Two – Seven Four Three – Zero Five One Six.
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I love Fayette County for all the wonderful things it has to offer residents and visitors like the beautiful countryside, it’s historic cities and towns. One historic city – La Grange – has a crowning jewel in it’s Square – The County Courthouse.
The Courthouse was built and completed towards the end of 1891 for an approximate cost of 99k. The style is Romanesque Revival with a clock tower with a Seth Thomas clock and old bell, and a central courtyard that was later enclosed.
The stonework is amazing and utilizes blue sandstone from Muldoon, white limestone from Belton, and red limestone from Pecos. The roof is Spanish tile with copper valleys.
Built in a flood plain ( no one is sure why…) the Courthous has survived a major flood back in 1913 and in the corridor you can see a mark identifying the height the flood waters reached.
If you are traveling to or through Fayette County or La Grange, the Courthouse should be on your list of things to do! If you are looking for a Realtor to help you with Fayette County Real Estate please give me a call, I would love to help you Buy or Sell!
I am Docenting today at the Fayetteville Area Heritage Museum which is located at 1119 N Washington Street on the historic square here in Fayetteville Texas. The museum was establisehd in may of 1986 by Janette Donaldson, Louis “Buddy” Polansky and his wife Irene. I love spending time here. So much to see and learn about the rich Czech and German peoples who settled in this area.
The Museum has Archival programs that include Acquisitions, Preservation, Oral History Collection, and Research, and they have Educational Programs such as Permanent and Rotating Exhibits, Demonstrations and Genealogy.
The hours vary but the Museum is open most Saturday’s from 11 am to 2pm. There is no Admission but Donations are appreciated. Children 12 and under must be accompanied by an Adult. There are Free tours for School Groups available.
A common question being asked around Bastrop lately is “What is going on behind Wal Mart?!” The answer… Pecan Park! Bastrop is getting a new subdivision. As the city grows, so does the demand for housing. Pecan Park has two builders (David Weekley and Scott Felder). Lots are currently available for purchase. If you want an idea of what to expect, drive by and look at their model homes! The main entrance is located on Childers behind Wal Mart. There will be a variety of home styles to choose from, and they start from the low $200,000’s. Get yours before they’re all gone!
Just 14 miles Northeast of Giddings on FM 141 is a small town called Dime Box, TX. The town was originated when a working saw mill was established there. They named the town after the owner of the mill (Brown’s Mill). Eventually the name was changed to Dime Box to rid confusion between Brown’s Mill and Brownsville. As of 2000 the population was at a whopping 200! Interesting fact about Dime Box is it housed one of the earliest Presbyterian churches in the state. So if you’re looking to get out and drive down a windy road with farms/ranches on either side, Dime Box is your place!
When you hear the word “Blue” what is the first thing that comes to mind? The color? Your distant cousin out in east Texas? A dog you once had? For Central Texas residents… Blue means the town just down the road! Blue is a small Texas town located in Northwestern Lee County on FM 696. It was settled in 1846 by three brothers and originally named Blue Branch after a nearby stream. In 1897 it was shortened to Blue. It’s population has not seen much growth over the years… The population in 1945 was 25 and in 2000 was right at 50. There is not much to Blue but you can eat, shop, and golf in nearby Giddings. It’s also in close proximity to Temple and Austin areas. So if you’re ever feeling “blue”, maybe you need a day out in the small country town of Blue.
“Come and Take It.” If you live in Texas, you probably know this saying by heart. If you are not from Texas, chances are you have seen a white bumper sticker with this phrase and a picture of a cannon on a Texan’s vehicle. This comes from a flag that originated in the 1800’s. The first battle of the Texas Revolution took place in Gonzales, TX in 1835. A small number of men refused to give up their cannon and raised this flag to show they were not messing around! Gonzales was the ONLY city to send aid to the ever famous Battle of the Alamo. They sent 32 men, all of whom died in the battle. Gonzales is now a steadily growing city between the San Marcos/Austin area. It serves as the county seat for Gonzales County and is rich with history. Gonzales College opened in 1853. There were 50 students enrolled. At one point, the men’s quarters was torn down to help build a fort for the war! The school is no longer operating but is now used as a residence. You can still see many historical homes as Gonzales has a high number of them. The original city built just a few miles away was burned to the ground in the 1800’s. They rebuilt the city and today remains as it was originally surveyed. And if you are looking for other fun things to do, it’s location near the San Marcos and Guadalupe Rivers provides ample opportunity for a great time! If being outdoors is not your idea of fun, nearby San Marcos has a large outlet mall!
A dear friend of mine told me about The Jersey Barnyard.
Not that I hadn’t seen the sign every day – twice a day – as I drove to and from our home in Fayetteville. She told me that she shopped there regularly….for milk! Grade A Raw Jersey Milk!
Who knew? I had seen the sign inviting the public to stop in and learn how to milk a cow, and had suggested that as one stop to add to our local to do/experience list.
So on my way home at just a few minutes to 6 pm one day I said “what the heck” and pulled in. Curiosity got the best of me! And, wow what a nice facility. Clean, inviting, and at that time of night a little noisy – it was feeding time and all the cows and calves were bawling for dinner! The tractor and trailer with straw bale seats used for tours was parked for the night. It looked like it would be fun to ride on.
The main single level building housed a store front that still had an open sign on, so in I went. Boy am I glad I hadn’t taken in my purse. So many wonderful goodies! Raw milk, eggs, cheese, meats, and Chotskies of all kinds, and of course some Texas bling and swagger items.
I think that everyone should learn how to milk a cow! And I think everyone needs to know where our food comes from. Meats, dairy, grains. Too many people don’t know the hard work that goes in to creating food. This family run farm is a great place to educate yourself and your family on where milk comes from!
Put it on your list of to do stops when you are visiting or driving through Fayette County. It is just a couple of short miles up FM 159/237 towards Round Top from Highway 71.