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Off to the Park and Ranch...

Since the day was overcast, and the extreme heat of the daylight hours wouldn't be too sweltering, Bud and I took a drive to Kingsville, Texas. I wanted to go to Dick Kleberg Park in hopes of seeing a Green Jay along the trail. Of course, luck would have it, at the time we arrived there, there were hardly any birds at all. We saw flycatchers, a grebe on the lake, one black bellied whistling duck and several mockingbirds, but no jays. We also heard several golden fronted woodpeckers, and a couple flying away from us. Afterward, we then stopped at King's Ranch visitor's center on the property of the ranch, seeing wild turkeys and three of their massive, well-known cattle [a Santa Gertrudis and a Longhorn...plus what appeared to be a hybrid]. We also perused the gift shop 'cause that's what Bud wants to do...looking for any special historical books on the ranch or Old West life. Then, leaving the ranch, we stopped for lunch and headed home....getting back just before the cloud cover broke loose and dumped another 1/2 inch rain!!!

Dick Kleberg Park....






King's Ranch...


visitor's center



Longhorn, Santa Gertrudis [linked], Hybrid and same longhorn chewing its cud.

Seeing these juicy steaks on the hoof, I started getting hungry. If you're a vegetarian, sorry...the only thing grown in the ground around the ranch is cotton...I don't even know if cotton is edible...hope you brought your own brown bag! Steak and potatoes for me!!!!! Dinner bell is a'chimin'!!!!





36 comments :

  1. Nice to see the Whistling Duck. Remembering the lady who always wrote about them. Do you hear from her? The rains have been nice but I have a feeling we will be begging soon. The King Ranch is the only day trip I didn't get to make from San Antonio. Now that I am closer I still haven't made it but it is nice to read about it in your blog.

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    1. You should go. A great time to go is for their cowbiy breakfast in November.

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  2. Looks like a nice park. Oh no on more rain. That's the last thing you need right now. Did you get cleaned up yet from the flooding you had?

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    1. Ya...all cleaned & rain stayed outdoors this time.

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  3. oh no, you can not even think of eating those cows. I love cows like you love birds, and longhorns are my favorite of them all. they are magnificent...I have a passion for trees and these are so pretty and I like the king ranch photo, house and tree

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    1. I know...meat/cattle is very controversial even with some of my close relatives.

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  4. I am totally a meat and potato girl! This explains the fact that I am a lifetime member of Weight Watchers! I do love cows, have known a few nice sweet, ones, but in the end, it's the circle of life. Especially in cattle country! Great pictures of those LongHorns!

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  5. You also brought back memories of the Run-Around-Ranch and the whistling ducks. I am a vegetarian, and I cannot look at those beautiful horny animals and think of food! :-)

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    1. Yes, I know, I had you in mind when I mentioned the vegetarians.

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  6. We really like the pictures of the cattle - I would love to be there with you.

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  7. Wow! Those cows are impressive! It would be a shame to grind them up into hamburger meat. But I am sure that is not their fate.
    I am not a vegetarian, but as I get older I find myself eating more chicken and fish and less beef. But man! I can almost taste those ribeye steaks from the past when we grilled them outdoors.
    Have a wonderful week!

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    1. ...grilled steaks on the BBQ are so good!

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  8. Great pictures. Yup,give me a good steak and potato meal and I'm happy.

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    1. Juicy...& delicious with a side of potatoes.

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  9. You find the most beautiful trails for walking and photography!
    Those long horns are impressive
    Hugs Madi and mom

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  10. Those sure are some heavy duty cattle you photographed. Sure don't see those breeds up here in the North!! I wouldn't want to tangle with one of them.. :)

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    1. Me either...I give 'em wide berth & make sure there is fencing between me and it!!

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  11. What a beautiful place to visit! And they even serve food? These Longhorns are HUGE!

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    1. The ranch itself serves a cowboy breakfast once a year, but otherwise ... no. We ate downtown Kingsville.

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  12. I love the look of longhorn cattle - great shots!

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  13. There some long horn cattle down the road from us.
    Coffee is on

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    1. They're beautiful critters!

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  14. Wonderful shots. I love the long horn!

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  15. Amazing photos. Wonderful. It's funny how someone always places a tripod and camera when you get to take a photo.

    God bless.

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    1. lol...those nasty tripods.

      Victor?...I can't seem to find where your comment box is, without Facebook, etc. I don't have accounts there...so I can't comment?!!

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  16. Those are some handsome cattle. A neighbor has a few longhorns, but they are quite as impressive as these.

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    1. Each are beautiful tho, I'm sure

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  17. Great images! We see a lot of beef in the pastures and I usually greet them with lovely names like Sirloin or Rib-eye!

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    1. My favorite name I came up with is quite similar to one of yours...Sir Loin of Hamburg. lol

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  18. I would have loved looking for books on this ranch and the history of the area. I like to read about the wild west...the real thing! Wonderful photos!

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