Thursday, we made a day trip to Sweet Berry Farm — just outside of Marble Falls, Texas.
(5 images and links to 93 images after the jump)
The day before, I finished building my utility table (see pictures).
Thursday morning, we left our house at about 11:15 a.m., intending to eat lunch in Marble Falls and then spend the afternoon at Sweet Berry Farm (website). Rebecca fell asleep almost immediately, making us think the trip would go smoothly.
Ten minutes away from the house, we realized we’d forgotten the stroller. Neither of us wanted to carry her the entire afternoon, so we turned around and went back home. After getting the stroller in the trunk, we pulled out of our driveway. Rebecca woke up about that time.
By the time we got back to the highway, it was 11:45 a.m. My wife pointed out that we’d be eating lunch very late if we went on to Marble Falls, so we stopped and ate at Chick-Fil-A in Killeen.
Back in the car at 12:25 p.m. we headed west on US190 through Copperas Cover and Kempner. By the time we got to Lampassas, Rebecca was crying almost constantly. We stopped in a Wal-Mart parking lot to check her diaper; it was fine. And of course she stopped crying. But as soon as the car started moving again, she started crying again. With 40 minutes left in our trip, we decided to call it off and head back home.
My wife moved to the back seat in case Rebecca wanted to eat as we drove home. It turns out, Rebecca was just lonely, being in the back seat by herself. So we turned around again and headed west through town. Turning south on US281, Rebecca was just fine as long as Mommy was back there with her. We drove through Burnet and into Marble Falls, taking FM1431 west and then RM1980 to the north, finding Sweet Berry Farm easily.
But of course, Rebecca went to sleep about the time we hit Marble Falls. So we kept driving, deciding we’d keep moving as long as she was asleep. We followed a sign toward the Wurtz Dam, only to see that the dam was closed to the public. (Why was there a sign telling us how to get there if we can’t go there?) We drove on RM1980 until the lane lines disappeared and the houses suddenly changed from decent looking to very run down. My wife always gets scared in very rural situations like that, so we went back the other way.
Deciding to drive into Marble Falls to look around, Rebecca (of course) woke up just as we got into town. We stopped at HEB to find a changing table (much more convenient than changing a diaper in a car). But they didn’t have one. We changed the diaper in the car and returned to Sweet Berry Farm. At last. It was 2:30 p.m.
What was supposed to have been an hour and 15 minutes had taken us more than three hours.
At the farm, it’s free to park and free to walk around and take pictures. Every thing else costs a little. We took a few pictures, and then bought tickets for the Candy Corn Maze and the hay ride.
The maze (pictures) was fun, and I can see how it would be even more fun for older children.
Then we walked through a six-foot culvert (photo) that went under the road to a farm on the other side, to get to the hay ride. There were beautiful fields of flowers there (photo), and a petting zoo (which we skipped).
The hay ride (photos) was fun, especially since there were only the three of us. A nice older man drove the tractor slowly, pulling the trailer with hay seats. The entire area had been decorated with humorous scarecrows (photos). Rebecca liked the movement, the sound of the tractor (she loves loud mechanical noises), and all the sights. She waved at some of the scarecrows.
Afterward, we walked back under the road, took some more pictures, had some homemade ice cream and some canned soft drinks.
I took nearly 200 images during our visit, but deleted most of them. Don’t worry, for those of you with time to kill, I saved 81 images.
All the images from the trip are viewable on Flickr: click here to see them.
My five favorite images are as follows:
And we didn’t use the stroller all day — it stayed in the trunk. I realized that on our way home, and could’ve kicked myself.
It took us about an hour and 30 minutes to get home; Rebecca slept most of the way. It would have been quicker, but there was a huge accident on US190 just as we came into Killeen. So we exited early and took unfamiliar roads through an unfamiliar edge of town, eventually winding up at our house.