Blue skies and bluebonnets. A two-lane, country road carving its way through lush, green hills. A lazy creek trickling over granite and limestone outcroppings. And a yawning, craggy uplift rising hundreds of feet above the valley floor. As we cruised along the scenic Willow City Loop in Gillespie County, the stunning vistas continued unabated. Other than a few ranch houses and windmills, human hands have left a pristine landscape almost untouched.
“It feels like we’re in a different country, or state,” my wife Diane said as we rounded a bend with another fantastic view of distant hills unfolding before us.