The last few weeks we’ve gone back to working 7 days so I haven’t seen much more than the inside of my hotel room, work, and my eyelids. Just before, we had a full weekend off and, while I slept the entire day that Saturday, I did get out of my room and take a leisurely Sunday drive through “Hill Country”.
I left my hotel about 10am and drove 45 minutes to Marble Falls (along the Colorado River). The drive wasn’t bad at all. Not my usual long, straight, flat highway road trip with nothing to look at but fields. This one was full of curves, hills, lakes, (dried up) creek beds, pastures, ranches, and vineyards. Before I knew it, I was there. Unfortunately, since it was Sunday there wasn’t a whole lot going on. (I knew I should have gone out on Saturday.)
When I got into town I headed to Main Street which is only about two or three blocks long. It was a ghost town. One thing I did notice, though, was the statuary around town. Lots of it. I found a map of Marble Falls on a sign post in the middle of Main Street. On the way into town I passed a sign for Max Starke Dam. According to the map, the town was named after the falls there. Today the falls are under water but according to the information if the water level is low, you should see the falls. Since the newscaster that morning said the water level here was about 5 feet below normal as a result of the draught, I thought I would surely see some falls so off I went.
The road to the dam winds back off the highway, over a bridge and around a power station. There were a few “Private Property” and “No Trespassing” signs along the way but this sign (pictured right) really caught my eye and made me think twice about continuing on. Who would put a sign like this alongside the road to a tourist attraction (of sorts)?
The dam entrance is off limits to anyone but authorized personnel but just before there’s a dirt road on the right and a sign to fisherman that the area can be used as long as it’s kept clean. That’s the road I took. I’m not quite sure how (or where) fisherman are suppose to fish from here since it’s a couple hundred feet above the water. I must be missing something. I found a viewing area and got out to look around. There was so much growth it was difficult to get a look at anything but I did manage to take a few shots.
When I left there I headed back towards the hotel. I read that there is a stone quarry at Granite Mountain in Marble Falls where they quarried “Texas Pink” granite to construct the Austin State Capital building. I’m hoping I will get an up close and personal look at the Capital before I leave but for now, to be honest, the weather was perfect and I was enjoying the ride more than anything.
To check out the few pictures I took click here