Texas Hill Country

Buckhorn Lake Resort, Kerrville, TX

Buckhorn Lake Resort, Kerrville, TX

We pulled into Buckhorn RV Resort just outside of Kerrville, Texas, last week. I’ve said it before, oh how the time flies and it’s hard to figure out what day of the week it is sometimes. I’ll post some pictures and add some commentary to give y’all an idea what we are up to. I’m learning to speak Texan…

The other day we were out on our morning walk and we met an older gentleman walking down the road who told us the road we were on is the only state highway in Texas that comes to a dead end just over the hill we were on. He said all state highways connect to another thoroughfare or road and will take you somewhere except this one. That’s why there is little or no traffic on this road. The story goes, former President Lyndon Johnson, then Senator Johnson, used to drink and play poker with a couple of old buddies that owned very large ranches nearby. It’s told that Johnson got stranded one weekend because of road flooding and told his buddies if they would donate the land he’d have a highway built from the main road, now I-10, to their property lines. Johnson never got stranded again.

P1020259We love roadside “oddities” and this one definitely fits the bill! Stonehenge II and an Easter Island statue replica was an unexpected find. Located a few miles down the road in Ingram, Texas, and adjacent to The Point open air theater, Stonehenge II is built two-thirds to scale and made of concrete and rebar molding, not solid rock like the real Stonehenge in England. The real Stonehenge was probably a place for ceremonial cremation and a burial ground dating back as early as 3000 BC. Who actually built Stonehenge is still somewhat of a mystery with some claiming aliens built it, yet another group believing the Devil built it. My guess is it was a place to honor and bury Celtic or Northern European clan warriors. I could be wrong…

Only about 3/8's of the actual moai(s) are above ground

Only about 3/8’s of the actual moai(s) are above ground

Called moai, these stone monsters are human figures carved by the Rapa Nui people on the Chilean Polynesian island of Easter Island between the years 1200 and 1500. The moai statuses are spiritual faces of ancestors, each facing inland to observe the land they once walked on. The transportation of the 887 statues on and around the island is considered a remarkable physical feat, being carried on mats or platforms by hundreds of men over a long period of time during the island’s history. The tallest moai is almost 33 ft high and weighed 82 tons. The islanders themselves tore down many of the standing moai statues during clan fighting amount the tribes.

Art? Not where I come from.

Art? Not where I come from.

There is also an art gallery along with classrooms here, all part of the Point Theater complex. Art, I call it weird stuff, is displayed throughout the complex grounds: like they say “it’s all in the eye of the beholder”…

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