Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Coyote Junction

We loved our nature walks along Onion Creek with our dog Zula. It's a great place to let her off lease and run and swim in the creek. The kids named all the trails and places along the walk, playground ridge, bluebonnet trail and coyote junction. We named it that because we found bones and scat with fur. We knew there were coyotes but didn't think we were ever at risk during the day time. Last week we went out at 4:00 with the dog. She was staying with us and was coming back as we called. When she was gone a little longer than usual we called her, then heard these horrible sounds, like a bunch of wild kids screaming and realized that Zula must have found the coyotes. She was gone only a minute but it seemed much longer. J kept calling her from the top of the ridge, then finally saw Zula running toward him with 3 coyotes chasing after her. They are much larger than dogs, they looked like big German Sheperds with long furry tails. Zula ran to J and once the coyotes saw the humans, circled back into the brush. When we got home we realized Zula was pretty beat up, we took her to the South Austin Emergency hospital where they cleaned her up and gave her a couple staples in the neck and sent us home with pain killers and antibiotics.

We feel SO LUCKY and blessed that she made it out alive.

It just makes you realize how beautiful but dangerous these wild animals are and how close they live to all of us.

See this link: living with coyotes.

Wednesday, February 14, 2007

1898 Store

I love this funky old store in downtown Buda. It's only open on weekends but is full of great junk. You could spend a whole afternoon looking through relics from this old department store. Owned by artist Jeanette Chelf, and her husband Carl,a geologist who moved to Buda to start their own artist colony. The store is full of their artwork as well as boxes of great rocks to entertain the kids while you search for your treasures.

Friday, February 02, 2007

Clint's Cabin

Clint's Cabin was once on the grounds of the old Carrington Hotel on Main Street in downtown Buda. It is a small wooden cabin that served as a home for the servant of the Carrington Family. The cottage was probably built around the same time as the Hotel, and it was rumored that he was the only black allowed to live in the city limits.
The Cabin is gone now and will be relocated to the Old Stage Coach Property. It seems to have lost it's historical significance moved away from the Carrington House but at least it will be preserved.
This cool sign and funky addition were almost covered up with the construction of the new buildings but you can see them in the crack between Raby Roots and the Tea Room.