2014 Deep in the Heart of Texas Tour
Saturday, May 17, 2014
|The famous song "Deep in the Heart of Texas" celebrates the natural beauty of this great state, and that's exactly what we'll experience as we journey deeper into the heart (center) of Texas. We'll enjoy a guided tour of a Texas natural geologic treasure, peruse a quintessentially Texan collection of memorabilia, and enjoy fine Tex-Mex food with an equally fine view to match and naturally carve up some twisty hill country roads in between!|
8:30am - Meet at the "Y" in Oakhill (US 290 and SH 71), in the parking lot in front of Gatti's;
Driver meeting at 8:45am;
Take off driving at 9:00am.
Coffee and bathrooms are available at several locations nearby.
We will arrive at approximately 9:45 am at Jacob's Well Natural Area for a guided tour. Jacob's Well is an artesian spring that flows out of one of the deepest underwater caves in Texas literally deep in the heart of Texas! It surges up thousands of gallons of water per minute and acts as headwaters to the beautiful Cypress Creek that flows through Wimberley, sustaining the Blanco River. This geologically and naturally significant formation used to be a sacred meeting place for Native Americans, has more recently been explored by cave scuba divers, and also happens to be on a stunningly beautiful plot of land!
As an added bonus, a brand new area will have just been opened to the public in time for this event, so even if you've visited before, there will be something new for you this time. The guided tour will cover be tailored to our interests but can include topics such as the area's geology, birds, plants, fossils, and groundwater. There will also be two tour options: one taking the direct route to the well and back (0.3 miles round trip) for those who only wish to see the well and learn about the area, and the other involving a 1.5-mile hike through the newly opened area for those so inclined. Whichever you choose, make sure to bring anything you normally would for an outdoor activity (e.g. comfortable walking shoes, water, sunblock, bug repellent, etc.)
||Leaving Jacob's Well, since cowboys feature in the lyrics of our event's namesake, we will take a short drive through Wimberley along the lovely River Road that hugs the Blanco River on our way to Pioneer Town, arriving at approximately 11:30 am. A reconstructed western town of the 1880s, Pioneer Town features an opera house, emporium, ice cream parlor, log cabins, a house made entirely of soft drink bottles, and our main attraction, Jack Glover's Cowboy Museum. The museum is home to a collection of peculiar western memorabilia and artifacts unlike any other in the state, including an authentic 19th century hand-carved horse-drawn hearse, period six-shooters, Jim Bowie's silver mine deed, early memorabilia from the American humorist Will Rogers (Jack's cousin), and countless photographs and curios collected from Jack's friends, among them Bob Hope, Richard Petty, Johnny Crawford, and a host of American presidents! And then there's the curator Jack Glover himself, recently turned 90 years old and widely known for having a lifetime's worth of fascinating stories to go with his collection that he's happy to share with visitors to his museum.|
Finally, we'll journey even deeper into Texas to conclude our event with lunch at Baja BBQ Shack on the edge of Canyon Lake, arriving around 12:45 pm. There we'll feast on Tex-Mex in their second-story private dining room, taking in a panoramic view of Canyon Lake and the surrounding area. Baja BBQ Shack will have a customized menu for us featuring some of their most popular dishes. The cost per person will be $19.
If you have a two-way radio, bring it. They enhance the enjoyment of the drive!
Who is attended
|Mustafa & Aaisha Albayaty||2005||5??||2||2||Herb Looney||2006||M3||1||1|
|Randy & Sherry Allen||2006||M5||2||2||Joe & Leslie Lupo||2011||1M||2||2|
|Larry Allison||2003||X5||2||2||Luis Marti||1984||533i||2||1|
|Louie Alnufaie||2007||530i||2||2||Jonathan Martin||2012||128i||1||1|
|John Beneat||2011||M3||2||2||Jair Martinez||2004||M3||1||-|
|Don & Esther Bishop||2007||Z4||2||2||Zackary & Stephanie Martinez||2003||M3||2||2|
|Daniel Briggs||1989||325iC||2||2||Glenn & Sandy McConnell||2006||M3||2||2|
|Jesus Brisita||2008||335xi||2||2||Kenneth Meyer||2007||335i||2||-|
|Tom Brown||1995||325iC||2||2||David & Bianca Nhan||2012||135i||2||2|
|Linda Cavazos||2011||135i||1||1||Carl Nybro||2010||328i||2||2|
|Marco & Mary Beth Cordon||2013||M3||2||2||Phil Nybro||2007||328i||3||3|
|Tom & Gay Dawson||2004||330Ci||3||3||Dan Parker||2015||Z4||1||1|
|Armando DiMeo||2011||1M||2||2||Marco & McLean Pena||2010||X5M||2||2|
|Greg Donsbach||2003||530i||1||1||Alvaro Picos||2003||M5||2||2|
|Jason Echols||2011||M3||4||2||Kenneth Reed||2001||M3||1||1|
|Jonathan Espiritu||2003||M3||2||-||Al & Angel Ridgley||1987||325i||2||-|
|Andrew Flores||2008||328xi||3||3||Lazarus Salinas||2006||M3||1||1|
|David Francis||2006||Z4||2||1||Terry Sayther||1989||318iT||2||2|
|Rick Garcia||2006||325i||1||1||Mike & Jean Sevel||2008||328i||2||2|
|Fito Gonzalez||1983||533i||1||1||Joe Sexton||2002||M3||1||1|
|Jose Gonzalez||1987||535is||2||2||Alan Solis||2002||325Ci||2||2|
|Bryan Gunderson||2013||M5||1||1||Jay West||2011||135i||1||1|
|Bob Heimann||2010||Z4||1||1||Ben & Kayla Svensson||2004||M3||2||2|
|Ben Hendrix||2011||M3||2||2||John & Maria Swann||2011||Z4||2||2|
|Ken & Carol Hollins||2003||M5||2||2||Bart Whatley||1993||325iC||1||1|
|John & Corey Hughan||2011||M3||2||2||Paul Wilson||2011||335is||1||1|
|Sridhar Kamma||2012||M3||1||1||Don & Susan Yule||1998||M Rdstr||2||-|