Wednesday, March 4, 2015
The home is now part of the National Park Service. When you arrive, you need to get a driving permit from the visitor's center. It is free. Mom is not sure why you really need one. The folks watched a half hour video on the ranch before they drove through it.
The one thing that the video showed and the folks thought was neat was a dam that Johnson would drive on. It looked like he was disappearing in the water. The folks were able to take photos of it, but it is more impressive in the video when you see Johnson driving on it.
|See how it looks like the road goes into the water?|
|This is it from the other side.|
|School house that Johnson attended.|
|The family cemetery is on site. Lady Bird is on the right and LBJ is on the left.|
|It is still a working ranch.|
|This is where the secret service worked.|
|House where the Secret Service lived. It is close to the President's house.|
|Wagon that was used to serve Chuck Wagon dinners to guests.|
|An attempt at a photo of the house.|
|It was difficult to get a good picture of the house and this lady didn't help.|
The kitchen has a pecan pie on the stove. The pie was being made for Mrs. Kennedy who had never had pecan pie. The Kennedy's were supposed to have dinner there but never made it because JFK was killed that day. The cook had the TV on in the kitchen on and learned of the shooting of JFK while making the pie.
Visitors are allowed to tour the bedrooms of LBJ and Lady Bird. LBJ died in his bedroom at the age of 64. He called the Secret Service for help, but he could not be saved. He had heart problems. He died just ten years after Kennedy.
|This the view from the house of the river. It is beautiful!|
|See the Presidential seal? It was used for parties.|
|Guests were asked to put their names in concrete when they visited the ranch.|
|A view of the house from across the river.|
The Greyhound Who Is Your Tour Guide Once Again
Monday, March 2, 2015
Here are some photos from the museum:
|Life like statue of LBJ that told stories.|
|Replica of LBJ's Oval Office|
|Him and Her|
|LBJ and one of his daughters. The name was not listed under the photo.|
|Lady Bird's Office. Her real name was Claudia Alta Taylor. She was given the name Lady Bird as an infant by her nurse maid and it stuck.|
|Lady Bird went on her own campaign trail when LBJ ran for re-election.|
|Life-sized statue of LBJ.|
The Greyhound Who Thinks There Is Too Much Traffic In Austin
Sunday, March 1, 2015
|The view from the RV Friday morning.|
The 23rd was Mom's birthday. She hit the big 5-0. It wasn't exciting because everyone was pretty worried about the driving test. She did end up getting two birthday dinners out of Dad.
|Steak dinner at Texas Land and Cattle|
|Chips and Salsa at Trudy's in Austin|
|Steak fajita chimi|
|Blackened Red Fish|
|Scout sleeping...yes, she is sleeping. I think the flash made her open her eys.|
The folks did do a few fun things in Austin. We will tell you about that next time and then explain to you why we are near Dallas and not in Arizona.
The Greyhound Who Is Not Enjoying The Texas Weather