Last week the 'then' and 'now' pictures of the cast of the movie - The Sound of Music - was making it's rounds. One of my favourite movies - although it has been years now since I have watched it. If you've seen it - the title of this blog would be familiar. Three words - So long farewell - simple but full of meaning. In a way we feel like we are leaving our homeland as well, as this area of Texas has come to mean so much to Derek and I.
This beautiful tree is right by us here behind the Berean Bible Church.
And a close up. When we arrived it was giving off the most interesting - but nice - fragrance.
From New Braunfels, to San Marcos, to Austin to Georgetown - and Burnet now too - we have many friends along this stretch. It almost doesn't seem right that this is only our third visit (twice last year) based on how comfortable we feel here.
Much of our friendship comes from our brethren through the Berean Bible Church with Pastor Jerry Lockhart and his lovely wife Barbara. Through Pastor Jerry's Sunday teachings and weekday evening bible studies, we have learned so much and have made some deep lasting friendships, eternal actually. When we arrived here for the first time in December of 2011 we had only known of Pastor Jerry through the internet as we were learning about rightly dividing the word of truth and the message of Grace.
Our home for the last 10 days -- our home away from home.
I remember well Derek saying to me while we were planning our trip through Texas 'I think Pastor Jerry lives somewhere in Texas'. And so he did - and so we contacted him and made a plan to 'stop in'. The rest - is well - history - right?!
Now, in late March of 2013 - we have a second home - here in this beautiful area of Texas.
The title of this post could also have been LEAVING EARLY SPRING AND HEADING TO LATE WINTER .....
Although not Bluebonnet - the pride of Texas - these purple flowers in the Church yard sure say Spring to me.
The wild roses are even in bloom!
We've enjoyed listening to the fountain from the van.
We are not driving far tomorrow - only about 1 1/2 hours - and we aren't leaving Texas just yet. In fact according to THE plan we won't be crossing over into New Mexico until April 6th or so. With our hop over to Fredricksburg tomorrow, for the day, we will be just beginning our 2,000 mile (3,220 km) +/- trip back to Canada. Yikes!
Of course, with all that snow craziness up north we are going to take baby steps all the way while at the same time enjoying the Panhandle of Texas. The first part of the trip will be repeat from last year, but Lubbock to the New Mexican border and beyond will be all new to us. Derek and I have never traveled through Colorado and Wyoming together and Derek hasn't been to these states at all - so lots of adventure still left in this winter's trip.
Our route will be carefully choreographed as we must be crossing into Canada by April 16th due to the expiration of our medical insurance.
We are planning on making some neat stops a long the way - I think we'll all enjoy it - even if the temperatures will be cooler than we have been used to for the last five months.
Yup - we'll be digging out our warmer clothes and maybe even our touqes.
So, we'll see you up the road. It looks like we will have internet on and off during our trip - we'll be doing some stealth camping and urban boondocking as well as parking at a few free City Park campgrounds. I'm thinking that you'll hear from us every few days.
Thanks to all of our brethren here in Texas for your warm and generous hospitality! See you in the fall.
TODAY'S INTERESTING LINK: Derek was on a bit of a farming kick today on my facebook page - which led us to find a list of the Top 50 Farm Blogs. While following some of the links I found West Family Farm - a farming family from Greenville, Texas. Derek and I could sure get into that.