Saturday, January 11, 2014

Feelin' No Pain in Luckenbach, Texas

President Johnson's Texas White House
 After spending the night in a very nice Inn in Wimberly, we left town this morning heading for the LBJ Ranch and Texas White House. It is an absolutely perfect day. Then half way through the tour of the house while learning all kinds of fun facts about President Johnson, the phone rings. I get away from the tour group only to learn from Alex that heavy rain last night, combined with frozen ground, resulted in basement flooding at the shop. We leave the tour, head outside and make calls to Carlton and Kayla and her boyfriend Ariel. Managed to get all three of them at the shop in short order to help Alex, and now all is well---or as good as it can be. My initial thought was that we'd turn around and head home. Instead we left the LBJ ranch and headed for Luckenbach, Texas (home of a great country song by that name) where, after that phone call, "out in Luckenbach, Texas ain't nobody feelin' no pain." The Saturday crowd had begun to gather, but the real country music in this tiny ghost town does not really start up until later in the afternoon. So after a half hour and a picnic lunch we got on the road again, heading for Fort Stockton, where we are spending the night before entering Big Bend National Park tomorrow.

Let's go to Luckenbach, Texas
With Waylon and Willie and the boys
This successful life we're livin'
Got us feuding like the Hatfields and McCoys
Between Hank Williams' pain songs and
Newberry's train songs and Blue Eyes Cryin' in the Rain
Out in Luckenbach, Texas ain't nobody feelin' no pain