Fond farewell to Atwoods

(updated 10/5/2012 with many photos)

Places come and go. People pass through your life. You hang out at various places with a variety of people on your journey. Memories of the instant impressions of those places and people come and go. Sometimes they linger and some of them, occasionally, linger a long while. Continue reading “Fond farewell to Atwoods”

Tailwinds: what goes around, …

Don’t you love wind at your back? Really, literally or figuratively, it is a nice feeling to have the wind at your back. Tailwinds let you move either faster or with greater ease. Yesterday’s ride planning was to have a ride with some distance and not necessarily speed. Just getting in the distance without a maximal effort was the idea as a part of my training for the BP MS-150 in mid-April. It was known that there would be some wind. No big deal for a West Texas kid — I’m just proud when there is no dust in the air!

Bynum was out of town and the other usual suspects had plans so I laid out a 60’ish mile route and an 80’ish mile route. You know, just in case I got to the decision point and (a) felt good and (b) the winds were less than hurricane strength. I have to admit that the wind prospect was a bit concerning. Continue reading “Tailwinds: what goes around, …”

Some classics of Marble Falls: G.L. and Jeannette Jones

(Note: I’ve resumed an old quest to develop my genealogy database and in the process, stumbled across the following entry on www.rootsweb.com — from 2004 — which I had totally forgotten)

The following is from an email I just sent to a relative and I wanted to preserve it. It may even be of some interest to some folks around here (Marble Falls and Burnet County) who knew my grandparents. “Mimi” is Jeannette Thomas Jones and “DanDan” is Guilford L. Jones — my paternal grandparents. Continue reading “Some classics of Marble Falls: G.L. and Jeannette Jones”

Are the falls in Marble Falls marble?

Let’s take a look here at some of the formation.

Here you see a bit of the remnants of the falls after the main part was blasted in 1951 or so when the lake was being formed. These rock formations formed and arch across the lake to channel the water to a waterwheel that turned a generator for the electrical supply to the town.

In this next shot, you see a shot over the rocks toward the flueway and powerhouse where the waterwheel was.

Rocks

If you go to the Flickr site (click the photo) you will see notes describing some of how the water-driven electric power system worked.

And no, it’s not marble, but granite. It was mistaken as marble because granite with clean water flowing over it has a bit of a reddish look like marble might have.