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Memory Lane Trip~Part 6

1 Aug

A Slice of Life

Bill Lites


Day 6 – Sunday 4/22/2018


After that fabulous visit with my cousins, Pat and Lee, that I mentioned last week I said my  goodbyes and went looking for the Chisholm Trail Park there in Round Rock.  There was not too much information about the park, but Wikipedia informs me that the Chisholm Trail was named for Jesse Chisholm, who laid out the trail, and made it famous in the years after the Civil War.   He was known for driving many herds of cattle from ranches in the Red River and south Texas ranches, to the rail heads in Hays and Kansas City, Kansas.



The Chisholm Trail passed through this area, marked by the large round rock in the middle of Bushy Creek. That rock located a low water crossing spot for cattle and wagons alike.  The area was known as the “Bushy Creek Crossing at the Round Rock” by cattlemen as well as westward traveling pioneers.



I headed north on I-35 to visit the Inner Space Cavern located just outside Georgetown, TX.  This natural attraction is a “karst cave” that was discovered in 1963 by the Texas Hiway Department, during the construction of I-35.  According to Wikipedia the cavern’s formation is credited to weather and climate conditions during and after the last Ice Age. Several pre-historic Ice Age animal skeletons have been found in the cavern, suggesting they fell through one of the many surface openings that have been discovered over the years.  I didn’t take the time to go through the cavern since I don’t think it could compare with the Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico, which I’ve been through twice.

While I was in Georgetown, I stopped at the Visitor Center to get a map, and saw this guy dressed in a Confederate uniform, standing out in front of the court house.  I stopped to get a photo and ask him what was going on. He said he was part of the local re-enactment group who rotated duty each month.  They dress up in their uniforms, and answer questions visitors have about Georgetown, the court house, the Civil War and any other subject the visitors ask them about.  It was pretty warm today, and I hoped he didn’t come down with heat stroke.



I headed west from Georgetown to take a short side trip to visit the Highland Lakes Squadron Museum of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF), located at the Burnet Municipal Airport in Burnet, TX.  The museum was closed, but the gate and a hanger door were both open, so I walked in to take some photos of their airplanes.



After I finished with photos of the hangered airplanes, I was taking photos of a couple of airplanes sitting outside the hanger.  While I was standing there, this beautifully restored AT-6 Texan taxied onto the ramp right in front of me.  I couldn’t believe my luck, to see one of the squadron’s planes coming in from a check ride. The two pilots were sitting in the plane doing their post-flight checks.  They didn’t seem to be upset that I was inside the fence, so I took a couple of photos of them in their airplane.  Then I gave them a little wave, and just sauntered out to my car.



Heading back east, my last stop today was to visit the Railroad Heritage Museum located in Temple, TX. The museum was closed by the time I arrived, but Wikipedia tells me that the museum is housed in the restored 1910 Santa Fe train depot.  The museum includes local historical memorabilia and artifacts related to the railroad’s influence on the Temple area over the years.  There is a restored telegraph room, observation windows overlooking the still active BNAF railway, and model railroad layouts for the kids (and us grownups too).  The museum also has several pieces of restored rolling stock displayed outside.



Now it was time for Greta to find my motel for the night there in Temple. However I spotted a Cracker Barrel Restaurant, on the way to the motel, and decided to stop in for a wonderful meal of Grilled Trout with collard greens and fried okra.  Then there is always one of their great homemade biscuits with butter and honey for dessert.



Greta did a good job of getting me to the motel.  Once I was checked in at the motel, it was time to relax and try to find something to watch on TV.  No such luck.  As usual there was nothing on TV, so I just spent a few minutes recording the day’s events before falling asleep.


—–To Be Continued—–




Bill is a retired Mechanical engineer living with his wonderful artist/writer wife, DiVoran, of 61 years in Titusville, Florida. He was born and raised in the Southwest, did a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy, attended Northrop University in Southern California and ended up working on America’s Manned Space Program for 35 years. He currently is retired and spends most of his time building and flying R/C model airplanes, traveling, writing blogs about his travels for Word Press and supporting his wife’s hobbies with framing, editing and marketing.  He also volunteers with a local church Car Care Ministry and as a tour guide at the Valiant Air Command Warbird Museum there in Titusville.  Bill has two wonderful children, two outstanding grandchildren, and a loving sister and her husband, all of whom also live in Central Florida, so he and DiVoran are rewarded by having family close to spend lots of quality time with.



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