Sunday, April 15, 2012

Charlie the Gnome

Mary asked me if I could felt a gnome for her. So one day Charlie was born. He came into this world more brave than intelligent but seems willing to learn the things a gnome needs to know. Supposedly he is to go live with a relative of Mary's who collects gnomes... but only time will tell if this really will happen. Here is the beginning chronicle of Charlie's life so far.

Outside at the Motorhome

Just some pictures of hanging out at home enjoying the nice weather.

Roses at the Best Western Hotel in Blanco

The owner of the Best Western Hotel in Blanco has gone rose crazy. He has planted 450 (yes, that number is correct!!!) roses around his hotel in addition to some other flowers. Juanette and I just had to stop and take pictures. Enjoy!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Exotic Resort Zoo

On a cool, rainy morning, Bill and I and Don and Juanette and Linda and Andy headed out on a road trip to the Exotic Resort Zoo located four miles north of Johnson City. This 137 acre zoo is home to more than 500 animals, with more than 1/2 of them at one time on the endangered animal list and nearing extinction.

The rain stopped by the time we arrived so we piled out of the cars ready to start our adventure. Only Bill, I and Andy had been here before but we had prepared the others for the fun task of hand feeding the animals from the tram. Little did they understand...
We are on the tram and have our buckets of food. The wonderful thing is that it is only the six of us on the tram. Since this is the first tour of the day, the animals should be hungry and eager to come up to the tram to be fed. Ready to roll!
By far our favorite animal to feed was the buffalo. All you had to do was drop handfuls of food onto his long black tongue! He was also appreciative of a good rub on his head. Hair on the top of his head felt like steel wool!
The zebras were also fun to feed. For them food was placed on the fenders of the tram but petting was encouraged!
And then there are the Scottish Highland cows. Such cute cuddly critters!
Daddy Emu was kind enough to show us the eggs that he was sitting on. We were astounded to learn that each egg weighs about five pounds.
Photos from the Petting Zoo.

Friday, April 6, 2012

Girls' Day Out - An Old Railroad Bridge

As Linda, Juanette and I were headed back to Blanco, Juanette spotted a beautiful old railroad bridge off to the right. It just so happened that there was a road turning that direction so we zipped down it.

This bridge is no longer in use and is on private property so we couldn't climb on it, but pictures we did take! I stayed in the car as of course the best place to park was right in front of the sign that said No Parking.

When we drove around the bend, the bridge just kept getting bigger so another stop was needed for more pictures. Running under the bridge was the prettiest stream banked with stately old cypress trees. It is not every day that you happen upon such a treasure as this old bridge.