Thursday, March 24, 2016
Start: San Pedro Campground (NPS), Amistad NRA, Del Rio, TX
Finish: Perdenales Falls State Park, Johnson City, TX
Our day began at midnight when a severe thunderstorm rolled over us, pelting us with hail. Inside the metal shell of our cargo van it was LOUD! No damage and it passed quickly allowing us to get back to sleep.
We stopped at the office/ visitor center for Amistad for the passport stamps and to fill water containers. The campground did not have water, but did have vault toilets and nice ramadas and picnic tables. We travel with at least 5 gallons of water and make sure to refill as soon as possible.
Our next destination was north towards Texas Hill Country and we stopped in Fredricksburg for lunch. We had an excellent lunch at City Cafe on the west edge of town. This quaint, German heritage town is the hometown of Admiral Nimitiz and the National Museum of the Pacific War.
Just down the road, heading east to Stonewall, is the Lyndon B. Johnson State Park & Historic Site which was the site of his boyhood home and ranch. This site is co-managed by the state of Texas and NPS. You first stop in the state section to receive a free auto tour pass of the ranch area. I really enjoy the drive across the creek, past his boyhood home, gravesite and back through the fields with cattle and ranch buildings before arriving at the hangar where Air Force One landed (and is on display) during his frequent visits to the ranch. At the hangar you can purchase ($3) tickets to tour his office in the ranch house. The displays within the hangar are filled with pictures and daily logs of his schedule during his stays. The people in the pictures, famous and not so famous, plus family are a window into history.
LBJ National Historic Park- Johnson City unit
We also stopped in Johnson City, a bit further east, at an NPS visitor center. This is the small town where Lyndon and Lady Bird grew up, and it is still a small town. Again the displays do an excellent job of detailing the 1960s.
We ended the day at Perdenales Falls SP, which is east of Johnson City. After setting up camp we did short hike along the rim of the falls, it was a gorgeous Spring afternoon, temperature was in the low 70s. This campground was great, the campsites were large and well-spaced. Northern Cardinals were again the predominate birds, and a loud group of Mourning Doves.
Perdenales Falls State Park