When I am fortunate enough to take a trip to my birthplace, Austin, Texas, I always make an effort to visit two very old cemeteries, Hornsby Bend and Jones Cemetery, where my ancestors are buried.
The road to Hornsby Cemetary was long and bumpy. We had to stop halfways to the cemetary because recent rains had made a big deep gulch right smack in the middle of the road, making it necessary for us walk the rest of the way in the sizzling, humid weather.
It might sound a little morbid, but I love to walk through these cemeteries, looking at grave stones that are so aged and sometimes broken.
I find myself wondering about the people that lived many years ago, and wishing that I had known my relatives.
At Hornsby Bend we found my grandfather, who died before I was born. His marker, a cross , was broken but the words were very legible.
Both cemeteries have an entrance sign stating that it is a Mexican Cemetery. On the other side of the fence is the cemetery for Anglos and down the road is where the African-Americans were buried.
So even in death they were segregated.
Fortunately a few things have changed , and people are not separated by race or color in the burying grounds.
Now they have a choice and some do choose the Mexican Cemetery because their families are buried there.
This is where we usually go to spend some time while camping, it’s called Dinkey Creek. It’s been my favorite spot for many years and my family shares my love for it.
I love the picture because of the reflection of the sky in the water.
The water was very cold but that didn’t stop us from getting in.
Standing on a bridge that runs over the creek I took this picture of the grandkids enjoying the icy water.
One of the favorite attractions at Dinkey Creek is the natural rock slide that kids as well as adults love sliding down into the clear water at the bottom.
I can’t wait till next summer!
When our cousins drove us through the University of Texas we passed by this beautiful mansion. We asked her to stop so we could take some pictures.
It belonged to a prominent citizen of Austin, George Littlefield who bequeathed it to the university.
Unfortunately it is not open to the public, but is used by the university for different functions.
As we continued to take our pictures two workers were passing by and mentioned that it is known to be a haunted mansion.
When visiting Washington D.C. three years ago we managed to see all the war memorials.
I thought the most striking was the Korean War Memorial. The statues of the men, which are a little larger than life size, are walking through a field and the scene looks very realistic.
Looking at all the memorials makes you think of all the brave men and women that serve and sacrifice their lives for all of us that go about living our carefree lives without really knowing their thoughts and feelings as they go to war.
I’m so glad I saw all of the memorials. especially the Vietnam War Memorial since that took place during my era where many friends and relatives served and some died.
It was quite the experience and a good reminder of how fortunate we are to have and have had all those soldiers defending our country.
This past weekend our youngest daughter, two grandkids and myself escaped to the coast to get out of our Central Valley heat.
It really was our annual girl’s trip, but our oldest daughter was unable to make the trip, so her oldest son took her place.
When we arrived we were greeted with fog at Morro Bay. Fog is my enemy because my hair turns into one big ball of frizzy, fuzzy, uncontrollable big head of hair.
But at least it was cool and we were loving it.
The kids managed to do some boogie boarding the next day, which started with more fog but the sun finally appeared making a beautiful day at the beach.
It looked like everyone from the valley had escaped to come to the beach.
We enjoyed our little trip. Here’s hoping we can do this again next year because it’s getting harder and harder to get together with the kids.
What a wonderful time my oldest daughter and I had visiting our cousins in Austin, Texas, my birthplace.
We had lots of fun acting like tourists and taking many pictures at different locations.
Downtown Austin is filled with unique and interesting places. We came across the Bat Bar.
For those that have never been to Austin, there are thousands of bats that live under the Congress Bridge and come out in the evenings to amaze many tourists.
We also walked to the State Capitol. It’s such a beautiful building.
On my list of things to see was the old Briskill Hotel, it’s been around since 1886.
San Antonio was our next stop. The river walk was crowded with tourists like us. The water looked so refreshing on this hot, humid day. It’s beautiful with all the sidewalk cafes and the boats that cruise the river.
Before we went to the river walk we visited the San Antonio Mexican Market square, which I love because it reminds me of Mexico. While there, we had lunch at the famous and popular restaurant, Mi Tierra. This is the most colorful and vibrant restaurant I have ever been to. With Mariachis singing and the beautiful decorations hanging from the ceiling and walls you feel like its one big party, plus the food is delicious!
We also had the pleasure of visiting The Magnolia Market and Square in Waco. This was on my daughter’s and my bucket list. What a thrill to be there to see the huge silos and the gardens, plus the shops.
Here we are with our cousins that so graciously took us to visit these places. We are so appreciative of their kindness and Texas hospitality.
There was so much more, but I don’t like to write long blogs. But this is one vacation that I won’t forget!💜❤️💜❤️
P.S. If you ever get an opportunity you should visit Texas, there is so much to see and so much history.
Every year our family goes to San Francisco to watch a Giants game. This year everyone was able to make it which made this trip extra special.
Willie McCovey is always there to greet us.
The company my husband retired from has a special game day where they provide a tailgate lunch which we get to enjoy so we don’t go into the ballpark hungry.
This picture is from last year, but this is the beautiful view that you can see from the ballpark.
This year the game was extra exciting taking 14 innings to get a winner, which was the Giants. But unfortunately I missed the home run that won the game. I did get to hear the roar of the crowd
Our youngest grandchild loves to watch all the ships that cross our view, like this tugboat Annie pulling this ship out to sea.
And of course we always take a family group picture for memories sake. 💜❤️💜❤️