Always on His Mind
From Sea to Shining Sea, Day 18: Dallas, TX to Austin, TX
|ELLIS CO. COURTHOUSE IS CONSIDERED A FINE EXAMPLE OF RICHARDSON ROMANESQUE STYLE.|
|FACES BEFORE AND AFTER THE SPURNING|
|THE FERRIS WHEEL ALONE INCLUDES MORE THAN 10,000 TOOTHPICKS.|
|A SLIVER OF THE WEBBS' COLLECTION OF QUIRKY ART|
|HILL COUNTY'S COURTHOUSE DISPLAYS THE TYPICAL CONFEDERATE MONUMENT ON ITS LAWN.|
|THE QUIET MAIN STREET OF ABBOTT, TX|
|THE NELSONS TOOK WILLIE AND BOBBIE TO WEEKLY SERVICES AT THE CHURCH.|
With another heartwarming story of Willie's devotion to his homeland behind us, we continued south on I-35 toward Austin, which also claims him as a favorite son with statues and street names. Before we arrived, our attention was claimed by a brown National Park Service sign announcing the Waco Mammoth National Monument.
|SIGN AT THE ENTRANCE CONFIRMED WHAT WE'D SEEN ON I-35.|
|EXCAVATION IS STILL NOT COMPLETE AT THE SHELTERED SECTION OF THE SITE.|
|CAMEL REMAINS FOUND AT THE SITE SUGGEST A SYMBIOTIC RELATIONSHIP WITH THE MAMMOTHS.|
|THE DAVILA MONUMENT IS ONE OF TEN SUCH REPLICAS IN TEXAS.|
As dusk was falling, we arrived at a Homewood Suites on the north side of Austin, happy they were serving a complimentary evening meal. Tomorrow we plan to visit the Texas State Capitol and other historic locations in the city.
WEDNESDAY, 30 NOVEMBER 2016
• Ended in: Austin, TX
• Miles driven: 205 (trip: 2,611)
• Weather: 47° to 63°, clear
• Letterboxes: Found 6, Planted 1 (trip: F50, P9)
• Walked: 2.6 mi. (trip: 42.6)
• States: TX
• Counties: 6 (trip: 80)
• Towns: 7 (trip: 160)
• Fans of Willie Nelson in Hill County: 34,823, at least
• Other Willie acts of kindness we heard about: 3 (must be many others)
• Willie Today: 83 years old (Bobbie is 85) and still performing >100 concerts/year
• Willie Albums: >60 studio albums + numerous live
• Willie in Film: >30 films and television appearances
• Willie's Awards: too many to mention
Loved: Visiting the hometown of Willie Nelson and learning about his acts of kindness to the place of his roots.
Lacking: Historic or any other type of markers in Abbott referencing Willie, but then maybe that's the way he wants it.
Learned: In Texas, as in other parts of the US, some small towns thrive, while others barely survive.