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Late Entry for August 6.

This day’s drive was super-short – at least by my standards for the trip – only 175 miles. I opted to avoid the Interstates as much as possible, and instead drove from Austin to Weatherford via some Texas and US routes that took me through some really nice towns.

I didn’t have my camera out for the first town I went through. It was a shame, too, because I saw some beautiful Victorian-era homes that I would have loved to walk through if I had a chance. I wouldn’t want to *live* in any of them, because they were all on busy streets, but to visit them? Sure!

A couple of the towns I went through were county seats. The first one has a county-seat building (I hesitate to call it a “county courthouse” these days, although that’s probably what it was at one point) that was taller than the surrounding trees, with a beautiful bell tower. I didn’t take a picture until I got closer, though:


Not a bad picture if I say so myself! Thank goodness for LCD screens on cameras – I never would have been able to get this (or lots of others) if I had had to use a traditional viewfinder!

I found a second “courthouse” in another town:


I think there was some sort of master courthouse plan back in the day. Both of these buildings (plus the one in Weatherford, which I took on Thursday the 7th but have included here for comparison) have a very similar overall footprint, and all three have a central clock tower.


Details differ from building to building, of course, but the basic footprint must have been a good design.

I arrived at Doug and Diane Fraser’s abode in mid-afternoon, just shortly before Doug returned home from doing some errands. More conversation, and then out to dinner at Olive Garden, which was, of course, delicious. And Doug got a birthday dessert, too! (His birthday is the 6th.)

After we got back to the house, we all managed to choke down (wink wink) a piece of “The Pie Man’s” peach-and-something pie, which was … om nom nomnomnom delicious! (I had another piece for breakfast Thursday morning with my coffee!)

Another night with great friends.

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