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There is a vacancy at Vickers Ranch.

Lake City Ranch Flag Half Mast for Perk Vickers

I know I’m not the first to ever write a tribute to Perk Vickers, and certainly I won’t be the last. But I can honestly say, I am honored to have met such an honorable man. Read the rest of this entry »

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There’s a rockin’ buzz hanging over Texas and its vortex hovers directly over the Hill Country.

From blues to folk to Tex-Mex, rockin’ music you just don’t hear anywhere else is a beloved part of the lifestyle. In just one month of trailer trash camping along the Comal River, we’ve caught several great club shows by some of our favorite musicians like Ray Wylie Hubbard:

Ray Wylie’s music has taken an exciting direction with the addition of his 20-year old son Lucas:

We became fans of musicians we hadn’t heard before, like Kylie Rae Harris

And Larry Jo Taylor and the Tejas Brothers. You can listen to all three on the KNBT podcast, here.

When we can’t get to Texas, you can bet we’ll be tuning into KNBT FM, ground zero for the best Americana music in the country.

If you love Americana music, there’s no better place to catch live shows than Central Texas!


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Are you a Beaver Believer? We are!

There’s something magical about watching an endless parade of giddy adults pull into a gas station to pay homage to a beaver.

But these cult fans aren’t stopping for just any old beaver, and not the same ol’ potty break. Nope, they’re pulling over to pay homage to Buc-ee the Beaver, mascot of the cleanest, sparkling restrooms and fun-filled convenience store, souvenir shop and gas station in America!

In 2010 we told you about the day we fell in love with Buc-ee in Luling, Texas. This time, upon our return to New Braunfels we were ecstatic to learn that the biggest Buc-ees store opened just up the road from our spot at Landa RV Park.

In the grand style of the Great State of Texas, Buc-ee’s hit a home run and did this one up BIG! With 60 gas pump stations and 83 restroom stalls so clean you could picnic in ‘em, we were awestruck by the size of the New Braunfels Buc-ee’s.

You’ve never seen so many people who are excited to take a leak. And with good reason  . . .

With two hand sanitizers in every stall and always-present attendants, Buc-ee’s restrooms recently earned them the honor of having the cleanest restrooms in the nation!

The best part about Buc-ee’s is that it’s not just a place to stop and take a leak. Buc-ee’s is a place to dive into the best of Texas culture!

Buc-ee’s has the biggest selection of kitschy, gourmet and spirited texas-centric products, from homemade fudge to home decor.

And of course, no river toobing season is complete without a Beaver Tube. You’ll be the coolest toober on the Comal with Buc-ee by your side!

Don’t worry about going hungry, Buc-ee’s has you covered . . . In queso!

The next time you’re driving across Texas, hold it and wait until the next Buc-ee’s location appears on the horizon.  I guarantee you’ll fall in love with the Beaver.

See you next time Buc-ee, we’ll be back.

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We no longer feel quite like newly arrived martians here at Landa RV Park in New Braunfels, but we sure miss the solitude and crazy scenes around the Big Bend. Until next time . . .

Marfa: Naval Tethered Aerostat Radar

Terlingua: It can happen to you too.

Mas Terlingua!

Texas mountain biking trails: Not for sissies.

Lajitas: Trailer park living at it’s finest

Black Gap dust storm

I recon we’ll be back next winter. We’re hooked.

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Ever since our Big Bend finale dinner at the Gage Hotel, it’s been one shitstorm after another.

Some of these costly irritations and guffaws are because of our own stupidity, some are just because it’s the nature of living in a rolling home. And of course, it all comes crashing down at tax time, you gotta love the Universe’s sense of humor. Sure, it could be worse, at least we’re not stuffed and mounted to a wall, right?

Tonight, I just want to reflect on the amazing culinary experience we had at the upscale Gage Hotel in Marathon. We’ve been dreaming about it for two years. Last time we were in town, we had zero money to spend on a fancy pants night out, so we ate nachos in the bar and watched diners chow down on the patio. We felt like two puppydogs in the window, it was pathetic.

However this year when we knew we were returning, we set aside $150 in our dining out budget so we could eat there. The last time we spent so much on a dinner was about two years ago! Yeah, I’m that cheap. We eat out at a variety of inexpensive places throughout the month, but we never spend that much all at once.

As two vegetarians, there wasn’t much for us on the amazing carnivore menu, but the dinner salads and sides sure had a lot to offer so we ordered THREE: a Tex-Mex shrimp cocktail, a beet and goat cheese salad and a seared scallop salad. They were AWESOME.

Of course our lean choices left plenty of room for dessert; a warm chocolate molten cake and homemade flan.

The Gage is such an obscure little hotel, it’s the kind of first-class oasis you’d never expect to find in the middle of nowhere. Our experience there was a dinner for the history books and well worth the splurge.

I’m so glad we went, because there’s no way I would have been OK with this frivolity had I known about the events that were going to transpire as soon as we arrived in the Hill Country.  Now when I feel a panic attack coming on, I’ll do my best to breathe deeply and think back to that one delicious night at the Gage Hotel.

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