We took a mini-trip last week to Austin and Fredericksburg. In Austin, we toured the state capital and the LBJ presidential library. The library had a wonderful exhibit on the space race, from the beginning to the walk on the moon. It was absolutely fascinating. And we had dinner at Chuy's, always a fun place to go. We also drove to Johnson City and Stonewall and toured the LBJ ranch, also known as the "Texas White House."
In Fredericksburg we spent an entire day in the Museum of the Pacific War and the Nimitz museum. Admiral Chester Nimitz grew up in Fredericksburg. His family owned the hotel that now houses the museum, a large structure that looks a great deal like a steamboat. The museum has an exhibit detailing the Admiral's life and career, and a huge exhibit about the WWII Pacific war, from the bombing at Pearl Harbor to Japan's surrender. It was amazingly interesting. The exhibit interspersed information about the various battles with information about life in the US during the war. Very well done and, like I said, surprisingly engaging.
Outside the museum is a Peace Garden, a gift from the people of Japan. It was a beautiful place to sit and reflect about the horror of war and the resilience of nature. Pop, who was in the Army Air Force in WWII, enjoyed it immensely:
We also managed to do some shopping, eat German food and drink some local beer.
Back home, we enjoyed our time together and the beautiful weather. Brian took this shot of the pineapple sage in bloom:Pop and Brian also share an interest in trains. We visited Temple train station, climbing through some of the rail stock they have on show. Here's Pop driving a train:
I really hated to take Pop to the station in Fort Worth to catch the train back home. We had a wonderful visit, and our time together is too short.
But, it's time for me to get back to work. Machine quilting work is literally pouring in, and I have lots of quilts to finish before Christmas. I've also started piecing a new fiber art piece. So I better get cracking!