A great unexpected week-end in Texas.
I was quietly taking a trip around the world when my friend Jake called me. I was in California, he had just moved to Texas… I jumped on the first plane to join him and it was really a good idea: we had a great weekend to discover Texas.
I landed at Austin airport and we started our adventure.
We took the direction to Fredericksburg, a cute city of 10,000 habitants. Main street (the main street) looks like a Disney scenery with its old wooden houses.
Texas, it stings!
We went to Enchanted Rock, a sacred rock/mountain for Native Americans. The photo below shows you 2 people on the left. This place is huge.
Light, color and space are breathtaking! There is a small walk 15-30 minutes to climb to the top (I recommend you go with a GI, because for him it is a breeze, and you, you seem to be an old granny next to him).
We saw a crazy sunset, a game of shadows and colors a little bit crazy. then we finally decided to hit the road.
On the way back, in the middle of nowhere, we came across a completely unreal bar at the roadside: Frontier Outpost.
Dogs played in the bar, which was heated by a large wood stove. People played music on the terrace. Everyone was talking and laughing. Ultra warm atmosphere.
Jake and I alternately took the guitar and jumped on stage. From my first song in French, I had the attention. In the end I played more than a dozen songs with a drummer and another guitarist, it was a magical and very special atmosphere!
Jake asked me « where do you want to sleep? particular desires? » And then I do not know why, I said « in a hunter cabin. »
This gentleman called all his contacts to find a lovely place. And the result exceeded our hopes!
We stayed in a wooden house, 200 years old, with a fireplace and lots of super kitsch stuff on the wall.
Obviously, I « did my princess » and I insisted on having a fire in the fireplace. So Jake went in search of wood in the middle of the night and turned on me with a good fire. The sound of crackling flames, the smell of wood burns, the warmth, what a joy, a real smooth!
This is our wooden house a few blocks from main street in Fredericksburg and yet surrounded by nature.
The agency who booked it :
Gastehaus Schmidt: 231 West Main, Fredericksburg, TX 78624, United States – +1 866-427-8374 – @ fbglodging – fbglodging.com
For other hotels in Texas you can also watch on Holiday Check.
The next morning we went back on the road to Austin and we saw buffalos! They were really huge! Jake and I were very hungry, we thought the same thing « yum yum buffalo ». Courageous but not foolhardy, we chose to find a restaurant which offered buffalo burgers rather go try to hunt suddenly only ith our Swiss knife and cigarette lighter.
We stopped at Hut’s in Austin (807 W 6th St, Austin, TX 78703) and we enjoyed delicious buffalo burger. I took Arnold’s Best Guacamole + Bacon because it’s my favorite combo!
Austin is really a cute town, 6th street in particular. All bars (or most of them) have a rooftop.
In the evening, we went to a concert of The Roosevelts at Lamberts, a nifty place, good cocktails, great music. Austin is really a city where you have to listen live music.
After the concert, we had a walk in the streets, as it was 25C in January, it was quite nice.
A true music celebration in the street and it’s like this every weekend apparently.
We got the great apartment we rented: https://www.airbnb.fr/rooms/321857
I recommend it, very central and Chris, the owner, is very cool!
The next day we returned to Killeen, the town next to Fort Hood. I disguised IM waiting to visit the largest U.S. military base.
The next day I went to visit this huge base that hosts 65,000 soldiers. Most places are confidential and I was not allowed to take photos (even discreetly, they are military, we do not laugh).
I saw lots of crazy stuff but I can not talk about it. And some top secret stories were been told ma… then I have to forget. I loved to visit the museum, with lot of helicopters and tanks!
All streets have fun names like « tank destroyer boulevard » and as you can see from the photo, we are under surveillance.
I can not wait to return to Texas, I had a crush for this place, it was completely unexpected for me!