Travis County, Texas
Rodeo Austin was not, is not a very RV family friendly concern. Lots of space and access up front and close, … ah, but not for this family.
Parked all by our lonesome on a mid-day Tuesday.
Wyatt unsure of the pony ride or with something in his diaper.
Looking all around; all eyes.
Mr. Wiggle Worm, hanging upside down.
Tractor heaven; thanks to a very gracious and welcoming retired John Deere man.
This will be the second year we have driven from the alpine snowfields 😉 of northern New Hampshire to central Texas to hear Rolf and Beate Seiker play their Texas bluegrass as The Sieker Band.
This time through accompanied by Lenny Nichols on the standup bass and Bill Stringer on lead guitar.
While this trio may be new on the Austin music scene they are certainly not new to the stage.
Good fun with a theatrical bent and a decided stage presence.
There was mention made of being connected with a downtown stage show??
Sorry I did not get names and can not find a web site presence.
The images will have to speak for themselves.
Hillbilly Revival @ Patsy’s Cowgirl Cafe
Hillbilly Revival @ Patsy’s Cowgirl Cafe
A serious distance (serious, at least in a Smart Car on a 70 mph Texas highway) outside of Austin-proper off of 290 W, in a nondescript warehouse-type building, resides a creative presence in the Austin and world-wide music scene: the Collings Guitar shop.
The Friday afternoon tours are popular,crowded. Hanging around on the fringes to capture images, I missed most if not all of the presentation.
Acclimating, Storing, Selecting, Tracing, Cutting, Wetting, Heating, Forming, Bending, Weighting, Shaping, Waiting, Drilling, Routing, Bridging, Gluing, Clamping, Scraping, Sanding, Taping, Staining, Varnishing, Sealing, Finishing, Buffing, Inspecting, Gauging, Stringing, Tuning, Testing
A Timeless Musical Instrument Built With Pride By Many An Accomplished Hand
Thank You to the Collings’ Guitar Craftsmen Who Were Patient With Me
This three-piece acosutic ensemble were crowd-pleasers at the Sahara Lounge in east Austin the other night.
Among five or six bands in a hit-and-run format MMBD stood out for me.
Authentic delta blues sound! Great on-stage energy!
I am way excited about getting my hands (and ears) on their debut CD: Down To The River.
A little more than a year ago we listened to Ben Hodges and Jenn Miori as Hem and Haw present one of the tighter sets on the stage of the Austin Friends of Traditional Music’s Mid-Winter Festival. We have been following their musical exploits and accomplishments from the northern New Hampshire since. We are eagerly waiting for the Carper Family‘s appearance at the Ossipee Valley Music Festival this summer.
Expanded Gallery To Follow
Our Garner State Park experience would not have been what it was without Ranger Frank Roberts, Interpretive Specialist.
Our first day in the park we had the opportunity to speak with Frank in his office. A more gracious and hospitable man there may not be. Frank is also a fount of knowledge about the flora, fauna, geology and history of Garner State Park and the Texas Hill Country region. To top it all, he plays a mean guitar with a strong singing voice.
Frank directed us to the Texas Escarpment Live Oak in the nearby town of Rio Frio. A great bike ride to an interesting piece of local natural history.
A personal invitation was extended to his mid-morning Edward’s Plateau geology presentation and an afternoon guided hike the next day. We took him up on both and were not disappointed, tuckered out but not disappointed.
Frank needs to write a book; my fear is lots of the knowledge Frank holds regarding Garner SP and the local area will disappear with his retirement.
A couple days in being posted since we entered the WiFi wilderness of the Texas Hill Country: we are no longer “West of the Pecos’
The funky water color is for real.
The camera and lens allows for many conversations that might not happen otherwise.
Our travels end up being chronicled by the images, the people and the conversations.
Work being done at the Marathon (TX) Motel and RV Park on the adobe walls of the court yard: a quality place with quality people.
Adobe settles; stucco cracks and needs repair.
Taping and and prepping of the work area completed, metal screen or lath gets applied where necessary. Appropriately mixed stucco of the right consistency is applied by trowel. A blending and roughening toll is used to do exactly that on the drying stucco surface. When appropriately dried a coloring agent is applied. Later a blending agent and water are used to achieve color consistency through out the job.
Juan Carradsco, Alpine, Texas Tradesman