I spent most of my week hanging out with the locals there in Arkey's each evening, including the man himself. There was a couple of impromptu jam sessions around the main table during the week and it was a lot of fun. It was cool to have everyone in the bar singing "Bring Back My Bonnie To Me". A couple of us made a short visit to 11th Street Cowboy Bar one night where one of the band members played the washtub.
Other good eats on this trip:
- The Dough Joe - good homemade pizza
- El Jacalito - good, reasonably priced Mexican Food
- TJ's at the Old Forge
Monday, I took a drive to Comfort to go hang out at the Cartoon Saloon until it got dark enough to see the lights they recently put up for their induction into the Chamber of Commerce. There was a nice breeze blowing most of the afternoon. The Mayor of Toonstone says y'all need to come by and stay for a while. Bring your own beverages or get some of theirs and make a donation. Then it was back to Bandera. There's LOTS of deer on the road at night and I took it slow on the way back to the camper each night. Rut is on!
My parents drove out on Tuesday afternoon for a mini vacation to look at the Fall colors in the Hill Country, and on Wednesday, I took them for a drive out past Medina on Ranch Road 337 towards Leakey, a short jot over to Lost Maples State Natural Area (sadly, a lot of the leave have already dropped) then down past Garner State Park and around to Utopia and Tarpley and back to Bandera.
I LOVE that drive! I truly think the Hill Country is God's Country. Lots of folks do it on two-wheels, but we did the 4-wheel option. It's part of the Twisted Sisters route. Lots of curves and hills and great views.
We stopped for lunch at the Bear's Den in Leakey and also checked out their market. There's a good mix of a convenience store, local foods and gifts. We also went by to check out the Historic Leakey Inn. A friend of mine plays at both of these places on weekends and recommended them to us. Good suggestion. I love checking out new places. Adventures await!