It was a long drive to our next stop, all of 29 miles. I think it took us longer to take down and set up, than to actually drive to Fredericksburg. For our little caravan with Bob and Judy, our route took us through hill country on TX 16, single lane most of the way, up and down the countryside. Good thing there were lots of ‘slow traffic keep right’ lanes so that the backlog of speedier vehicles could get past us.
Setting up at the park was a real challenge. The space between the concrete patio pads was quite narrow and I ended up pulling out and coming around the block to try again. We spent the first part of the afternoon walking around downtown and found all of the most important things in life: wine and chocolate;
From the chocolate shop, tequila filled chocolates.
We also met up with other rally attendees, Roger and Sue Bell who were staying at another park in the area and we had a picnic dinner of BBQ at our site. The next night, all 6 of us went out for an authentic German schnitzel dinner.
Fredericksburg is the birthplace of Admiral Chester William Nimitz. The hotel run by the Nimitz family has been turned into a museum about the admiral and has become part of the larger complex of the National Museum of the War in the Pacific.
The Bush gallery at the museum was truly awe inspiring, covering early China/Japan history, its evolution to a certain war, and then to the final Japanese surrender. The displays don’t pull any punches and make you realize just how much WWII in the Pacific was hell on earth.
There are several parts to the complex, the museum, plaza of presidents, memorial courtyard and the Pacific Combat Zone; a life size exhibit of restored military vehicles and weapons situated in an environment of replicated docks, beachheads and entrenchments. The museum has a life size replica of a submarine surfacing through the lawn outside of the museum. Inside, there is an actual Japanese mini sub.
Judy, Lynn, Bob and I went on a field trip to visit a wild flower nursery. It was very handy to see the fields of flowers growing their own ‘name’ signs. Amidst all of the flowers and garden stuff were some interesting metal sculptures. Sometimes from a distance, it was hard to tell the biological from the metallurgical.
The next day, our last in Fredericksburg was a get ready to travel day, so we didn’t have a chance to go to the LBJ Ranch. We also spent an interesting night watching the radar screen and TV. Two very powerful storm cells passed on either side of us, sparing us the hail, but giving us a real torrential downpour for part of the evening.
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