May 15 – May 31, 2019.
It was mid-May by the time we left New Mexico for our long journey back to the southeast. We’d done this trip once before – a long drive through Texas, stop in Louisiana to see my niece, back to the Carolinas to see Greg’s family and visit with a few friends before landing in Cabbagetown for a summer of house sitting and painting. But the timing of this year’s trip was a little different than our previous one. This time our journey through Texas would coincide with our wedding anniversary. Now we aren’t big on celebrating things like holidays, birthdays (Although my friends usually talk me into doing something for my birthday over the summer and we did have a nice dinner out with friends for Greg’s 60th birthday this past June), or anniversaries – especially since we went nomad, became poor, and have no place to keep gifts that can’t be consumed. But this anniversary was a bit of a milestone (10 years) and I thought it should be commemorated – especially since if I kept us on track we would hit Austin, TX on our wedding date.
In case you hadn’t picked up on it, Greg and I are music lovers. And Austin, TX has an amazing music scene. Since Greg rarely asks where we are going and I do all the navigating I figured I could direct him to Austin and surprise him with a night in the city. Although it was a bit more money than we usually spend camping ($35) I found an RV park right near downtown and made a reservation.
But then I thought that I could make the surprise even bigger and plan a whole musical journey through Texas. What’s going on in Lubbock (home of Buddy Holly)?, I wondered. I looked at the map for other musical meccas. I pulled out traveling resources and searched music venues and musical historical sights. And then I saw this place named Luckenbach, TX. It seemed to ring a bell. Perhaps there’s a song about it? They had a dance hall with live bands and several jam sessions every day.
We didn’t have time for Lubbock but I thought I could squeeze this Luchenbach place in the day before our anniversary.
As we drove by the sign for Luckenbach Greg remarked on it. I was right there is a song about this place. Surprise, I said, turn here, we are going to Luckenbach, TX, happy 10th anniversary!
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That sounds like such a good time you had during your anniversary. I couldn’t think of a better place for you, music-lovers, to visit and have some fun. We miss Austin! And, it never ceases to amaze me how many friends (and family) you have all over the country and especially out east. You guys sure have figured out a healthy balance between sightseeing, driving, camping, boondocking, fun stuff, doing your own things, and being social! Enjoy being back on the road.
It was a good time! And Greg was surprised – I thought he’d figure it out before we got to Luchenbach. We’ve got to get back to Austin again too and spend more time
I’ve been very fortunate to live many places and to have made so many good friends. Sometimes I’m not sure how it all happened.
Never been to Luckenbach, but I know the song!
Austin, however, I visited for a sales meeting held there at a company previous to MetLife. Loved the Riverwalk.
Our CEO was of German descent from Texas. He told us the German immigrants got off the boats, bought a wagon and horses, loaded their stuff and families on board and headed north until they found country that looked like home. That would be the Texas Hill Country now.
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Thanks John. I love reading your stories! – it’s like have a mini-blog in the comments. I didn’t mention it but the founders of Luchenbach were German. I just don’t think German when I think Texas but that’s what’s so cool about all this traveling around – learning things about people and places I would have never guessed.