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The day after Christmas Day we set off for the longest drive we have yet done in Texas: the ten-hour trip to the Gulf of Mexico. Would you like to spend ten hours all at once in a car with a wriggly one-year-old? No, nor did we. Fortunately my (English) cousin was staying in the Hill Country with his (Texan) wife and their three gorgeous girls, which provided the perfect excuse to stop halfway.
|Fredericksburg Christmas tree|
|Learn all about it!|
Joe and Amie met us there, and we strolled down the street, sampling ice cream, sausages and beer as we went. The girls were much taken with Toby, and competed to entertain him. We were tempted to employ them on the spot as babysitters for our trip!
|Zea, Maia, Leila and Toby|
|Christmas tree by night|
|The whole street was decorated|
This has to be the cutest wake-up call ever: In the morning Toby gave a little wiggle and a squeak, and then his head popped up just on the level with our bed, and giggled. He wanted to drive the next stretch, but we decided he'd be better off safely in the back.
|This is much more fun!|
|Wind turbines and straight roads|
Finally we reached the ferry to Port Aransas. We made the brief voyage across the ship channel, and as we docked, spotted our first pelican perched on a post. Welcome to Mustang Island!
|On the ferry|
On our return journey we made the overnight stop in Kerrville, a pretty little place with the clear green waters of the Guadalupe River running through the town. We discovered Billy Genes restaurant and treated ourselves to steak while we enjoyed the river view. Graham and I each got a slice of meringue pie to go and ate it sprawled on the motel room's king size bed.
|Trees by the Guadalupe|
|The river from downtown|
|Hiking with Toby in his new carrier|
|I like tunnels!|