Driftwood Cemetery: South of South Austin

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Driftwood is a city slightly southwest of Austin. There are a few good wineries out that way, which was the true focus of my visit. But, then I saw the Driftwood Cemetery and had to stop to take a look. It wasn’t as illuminating a visit as I had hoped. I didn’t recognize most of the names except for the Puryear family, and I only recognize that name because it’s a central Texas judge’s name.

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Driftwood, Salt Lick, and Wimberley Wineries

I think this one is self-explanatory. I had no idea that Salt Lick had their own wines. They were okay. They also had a decent selection of other Texas wines like Ed’s Red. It’s definitely worth a stop to their tasting room.

Wimberley Wineries just built a fabulous tasting room and opened it in April. Their wines are too sweet for my taste, but they had a nice selection of wines from a Paso Robles winery by the name of Robert Hall. If you are interested, they have cool fruit wines made of strawberry, blueberry, and plum. I tried the blueberry. It tasted like drunken blueberries.

I’ve been visiting Driftwood Winery for many years, and I am pleased to see how big it had grown. The original tasting room was a tiny mobile unit. About a decade later, they have taken the original family home and converted it to a huge tasting room. They’ve added a really nice (and big) pavilion to have parties. When I was out there today, they were busy making yet another addition.

I’m wondering how the grapes are going to turn out this year. My little grapes are shriveling into raisins when I don’t water them. Amazing: Black Spanish are quite drought resistant. Oh, but not drought-proof.

When I heard that the creek @ Driftwood had officially dried up today, I was worried for the owner. They still have some well water left, but that may dry up before harvest time in 3-4 wks. Yikes.

My grapes have been maturing early this year, though. So, maybe the plant can handle a very difficult growing season.

Archeaological sites at McGinley L- Ranch (near Harper, Texas)

This was about the size on my hand. It is the beginnings of a spear.

The rancher was so kind as to permit me and my husband to visit her place last Friday. She even drove us around the ranch to show us the lay-out of the land and the various archeaological sites near the river running through her property. She raises Brahma/Hereford moo cows.

Mrs. McGinley’s only request was that we not remove any of the prehistoric artifacts from the land. Also, she forced us to drink like animals straight from a limestone spring. She did this at gun point, so I felt I had to oblige with the request. Kidding!

The spring.
I employed a modified chaturanga for my pose.
When I see images like this, I think, "Man, I really want to have a kid with THAT guy."
This is a hammer. It's not a perfect sphere. The other side comes to a rounded point.
This rock is from one of the many cooking sites at the ranch. In prehistoric times, the people living in the area would heat big limestone rocks up with fire to slow cook their food. Limestone breaks at right angles when it gets heated up, so there are a bunch of bricks like this all over the place.
Another cooking site.
This is a close up of the ancient ashes.