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Don't mess with Texas

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It's about time to prepare for our home project. So it was a full month tourin' Texas and makin' and meetin' friends

Tour Map 2004:

Let's stroll La Villita for arts, food and souvenirs. (continue reading left to right)

New Braunfels
is worth a visit, even if you don't go to...

For all people - but especially for country music fans - a trip to Gruene is a must.

Every last Saturday in July, Medina is home to the Texas International Apple Festival.

Back in San Antonio it was time to visit Market Square.

If it weren't for Waylon and Willie, who would know about Luckenbach?

...and some refreshing drinks.

Relaxing Beach Life during day...

Late night at the hotel, "planning" our next day trips...

...and Corpus Christi.

... or in Port Aransas...

Waiting to be seated and finally we made it.


It was quite chaotic but great fun.

We spent about a week in Austin, the Capital of Texas.


Country Music since 1964: The Broken Spoke.

Downtown Austin.

We enjoyed Lake Travis with drinks at Carlos'n Charlie's.

A sidestep to Shiner....

We drove north to Glen Rose.

Tana and Terry Rasor, our kind hosts for three days.

Waiting for the festival to kick off.

Billy Joe Shaver,

Great cook backstage and great songwriter on stage: Sherwin Phillips.


Antique shopping in Georgetown. The square between Austin Ave, Main Street, West 7th and West 8th is packed with shops.

Nature's calling us to Natural Bridge Caverns.

Back at the ranch of our Friends for the last days. Waiting for...

It's raining outside, so we hang out inside.

Party time at the ranch.

Farewell dinner before


Dallas, July 28. This holiday is all about Texas.

We celebrate the 10th anniversary of our friends' trailer setup in Gatesville. And we want to explore some areas to narrow down our potential business environment for the future.

A few days in San Antonio. Downtown offers a great variety of things to do.

Learned about the history at The Alamo

Cruising the Riverwalk and shopping at the Rivercenter is fun.

Drinks and souvenirs at the Buckhorn Saloon


The surrounding country offers many sights, too. The little samples of our visits give by no means a complete picture. There's so much more to see and do.



The legendary Gruene Hall stands for great Texas Music.

On our way back to San Antonio we stopped in Bandera, the Cowboy Capital of the World.

Don't miss a day or night cruise on the river with Rio San Antonio Cruises.

Antique shopping in Fredericksburg to find many treasures...

Off to the coast to meet our friends from Gatesville. We took the ferry to get from Aransas Pass to Port Aransas.

...and night. Padre Island...

Strolling and shopping in Corpus...

...made us hungry: so we went to the re-opened Roadhouse in Corpus.

The next day we were crossing the border at Laredo to shop in Mexico.

Hungry after a busy day on the way to Austin. We love Outback Steakhouse food.

No, this ain't the tourbus of Bruce Robison. It's just an old vintage bus in front of the Broken Spoke.

Don't get lost on I-35.

Time for a trip underneath I-35: Inner Space Caverns.

...where the famous Shiner Bock is brewed - amongst other good stuff.

We were invited to the Brazos river to attend Raz on the Braz.

One more time we were joined by our friends from Gatesville.

Texas Music Legends, such as Tommy Alverson,

Rusty Wier or John Nitzinger were playing.

Always busy and omnipresent at all times: Terry Rasor.


Thank you Tana and Terry. We'll be back!


Some "serious" food at the Old San Francisco Steak House.


Antique quest in San Marcos.

...the livestock auction in Coryell County.

The next day, we were checking out the types of homes we'd like to live in once we would have established our business.

Some bowling and

it was back home again after 4'710 "miles and miles of Texas".



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