Sunday, March 30, 2014

Fredericksburg, Day 2

We began Saturday morning by driving the Willow City Loop. It's a scenic private road that is often full of bluebonnets and other wildflowers. There were several areas of bluebonnets, but it wasn't full by any means. Of course, we are still a couple of weeks before peak season, so I hear. It was still a beautiful drive with lots of awesome scenery. Nick is actually quite amazed by all the cactus plants everywhere.
It was time for lunch after that, so we stopped at Wheeler's on Main St and I had a really good hamburger (they claim to be the best in town) along with some warm German potato salad. Nick ordered chicken and dumplings with cornbread. We also shared some home made potato chips.
Next we headed over to the National Museum of the Pacific War, which is the only museum in the world dedicated fully to World War 2. It was amazing - very well done, and honestly if you were a major history buff you could spend two full days in there and not read everything. As it was, I'm not a huge museum reader - I like to see the stuff, and hit the highlights of what was going on, but don't expect me to read every.single.sign. Nick? Nick is a sign reader. If you ever invite him to a museum, expect to be standing around waiting on him a lot. Not that it's a bad thing, but you've been warned.
We only made it through the George H.W. Bush Gallery and didn't even see half the museum areas because time was running away from us. We wanted to visit Wildseed Farms, and they close at 6 pm so we had to get out there. They have fields of bluebonnets and other wildflowers along with a gift shop, and you can buy your own seeds and plants too. We spent a couple of hours out there, window shopping and taking pictures of the bluebonnets.
We headed back into town and drove over to Cross Mountain. There's a large-ish hill in town with a large-ish metal cross at the top, and you can hike up there. There are some really pretty views at the top. It was an easy hike, definitely nothing like the one from the day before.
Dinner was back downtown at the West End Pizza Co. tonight, which was really tasty but our poor waiter was extremely busy so the service was slow. In the end it all turned out ok. Nick ordered chicken parmigiana pizza and I had the mega veggie pizza, minus black olives plus jalepenos, of course. Since we walked nearly 5 miles today, we were pretty worn out at the end of the day.

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