We were up with the oil workers this morning and on the road at 5am. We wanted to get close to Austin and to see two museums.
First up was the Pacific War Museum in Fredericksburg. Great museum. Cute small town with old buildings built of limestone. The museum had a temporary exhibit of original paintings from embedded WWII artist, Tom Lea.
Down the road in Stonewall was the LBJ National Historical Park. This is known as the Texas Whitehouse because LBJ spent almost a quarter of his presidency here. The land was donated by the Johnsons to remain a park and includes the home where he was born as well as an historic working farm ( circa 1915). The land is filled with more deer than I've ever seen, plus buffalo, antelope, cattle and all the animals on the farm.
I like LBJ. He had a great sense of humor, he liked his drinks, and he worked all the time. And among the many accomplishments during his presidency, he created the Public Broadcasting System.
LBJ loved the hill country of Texas. I can see why. He also died here. This farm was his favorite place. He said, "The best fertilizer is the owner's feet."