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Thursday, August 04, 2005

Hill Country Blues


Reflecting on a week spent in Texas' "Hill Country", I'm moved to share that the country is somewhat pleasant to look at, but it's very rough. Very unfriendly looking turf.

Whenever I talk about that part of the state with my father, he tells me a story about some people who go to his church. Apparently these people did pretty well for themselves in real estate and real estate development during the last few decades of the 1900s. They bought property in a variety of places (Los Angeles County, California to someplace in Virginia and a bunch of places in between). When my dad asked them whether they ever bought any property in Texas, they told him, "Nope. This land in Texas is the most inhospitable land we've seen."

Having just been there and looked around some, I know what they mean. It just looks tough and mean. The scrub brush and the gnarled oak trees. Not exactly the sort of place where you can just saunter out to have a picnic. Although people do a fair amount of sauntering in Texas.

4 Comments:

Blogger Chris said...

Where exactly is "Hill Country"? Is this around the Austin/San Antonio area?

4:28 PM, August 04, 2005  
Blogger garrett said...

I think that's pretty much it. I'm certainly no authority on the topic. We stayed at a place called the T-Bar-M Ranch which was a little bit west (?) of New Braunfels, which I am pretty sure is in the heart of the "Hill Country" (it's also approx. equidistant Austin and San Antonio).

This looks to be about the geology, but also has maps.

11:37 PM, August 04, 2005  
Blogger The Velvet Fog said...

Interestingly, I have relatives in New Braunfels.

8:52 AM, August 05, 2005  
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