May 2013 ... Dallas, Austin, Canyon Lake, San Antonio ...
... 10 days in Texas with Jenny and grandma Sasha

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Grandma Sasha wanted to see where Jenny lives ... so we had a 10 day vacation together around Texas.
Here, Jenny and grandma Sasha on Canyon Lake, TX.  Click for an even larger image.
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The Alamo. Not a very big building, but big in the history of Tejas, an ex-Mexican state.  Click for an even larger image.
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We started the trip in Dallas.  This is The Grassy Knoll, at the end of Elm Street.  The small cross in the road to my left marks the spot where JFK was shot the second time, killing him, almost 50 years ago.  We then toured the "6th Floor Museum" from which Oswald shot JFK.  Click for an even larger image.
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Lunch in Dallas.  Click for an even larger image
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Texas history museum in Austin.  The LONE STAR state!
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Texas Capitol in Austin.
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The main objective of the Texas trip:  Grandma Sasha visited Jenny at Marbridge.  Jenny showed her all around and introduced her to people, residents and staff.  Click for a larger image.

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Wenny goes around Marbridge on her own tricycle.
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Jenny likes her life at Marbridge, has a lot of activities and many friends. Click for a larger image.
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Jenny, with grandma Sasha and her RT Denise, who knows some German words ... her last name is Mosel, like the river near where Sasha lives.
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Marbridge is in the town of Manchaca, just south of Austin. 
We spent a couple of nights in a house with two cats nearby rented through Airbnb and had a good time.
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Then on to Canyon Lake, TX, for a week.  Nearby is an old town of Gruene, founded by a German family of that name in the 1840's, now a tourist town.  The Germans must have been puzzled by the prickly-pear cactus in bloom in the front garden.  Click for a larger image.
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Watertower in Gruene.  Click for a larger image.
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Grandma Sasha and Jenny shopping in Gruene.  Click for an even larger image.
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... and so, off to the Alamo in San Antonio.  Another large prickly-pear cactus in bloom on the side of the Alamo.  Click for an even larger image.
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Inside the Alamo, approximately where Travis fell ...
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... that David Crocket look, witht a coon hat.
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Meanwhile, here at Canyon Lake, a happy Jenny won $25 in a raffle.
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Driftwood Winery north of Canyon Lake.  Click for a larger image.
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Jenny is tasting wines, just like in the Rioja Valley.  Here, she likes the sweeter wines.  Click for a larger image
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Johnson City, TX.  On the porch of the house where LBJ was born in 1908.  Click for a larger image.
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Lunch in brewpub in Johnson City, TX.  They say they are 4,961 miles from London.  Click for a larger image.
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At the LBJ Ranch, there is a family cemetery, with his siblings, his parents and grandparents.  The two large stones in the center are LBJ (he died at 64) and Lady Bird Johnson, who lived to 94. Click for a larger image.
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At LBJ's "Texas White House", he built a runway.  While he was president, he would take the large US "Air Force One" to Austin and then change to this smaller jet to get home, an "Air Force Half", he called it. 
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We spent a week in a nice apartment looking over Canyon Lake and visited many interesting places.  On our last day, we took a boat on a long ride around the lake, with Jenny driving most of the time. Click for a larger image.
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Jenny enjoyed the ride and the vacation with grandma. She is already planning what to do the next time! 
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On Canyon Lake, TX. Click for a larger image.
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On Canyon Lake, TX. Click for a larger image.
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The Lone Star state.  We have only seen a small part of Texas.  But Texas is big!  We have done over 1,200 miles. 

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