Ms. Pearl the Giant Squirrel | Cedar Creek, Texas

Ms. Pearl the Giant Squirrel

Ms. Pearl the Squirrel resides at Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift Co.  She is 10 ft. tall, stands on on a 4 ft. tall stump and was custom-made by Blue Genie Art in Austin, TX.

This place has pie in a vending machine for your 24/7 pie needs!

                  There’s a deck covering the tree stump now so you can get up close and personal with the squirrel.  I tried to get the pecan nut off Ms. Pearl’s paws, unfortunately I was not strong enough! Ms. Pearl even has her own email address, to which fans can submit their pictures taken with her (!


Berdoll Pecan Candy & Gift Co. has been a family-owned business since 1986. All of their pecans and pecan-laden goodies come straight from the orchard and kitchens right behind their retail store in Cedar Creek.

Ms. Pearl lives at 2626 Highway 71 in Cedar Creek, Texas.  She loves the visitors come by and have a picture with her.


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80-Foot-Tall Tin Soldier | Waco, Texas

An old incinerator standing alone on property along Highway 84 near Highway 6 for years looked like a solitary, rusting tin soldier. Artist Mickey Pitcher was hired to paint the old incinerator, the tin soldier has come to life.

The owner of Smith Furniture Manufacturing Company wanted to be able to tell people seeking out the location to look for the soldier.  Well, yes, it works.  I can spot the soldier about 3 miles away.

It was easy to spot the 80-foot-tall Tin Soldier over there from Highway 6.  You can see the picture I enclosed to show you all.  It’s clear as crystal.

This solider stands at Smith Furniture Manufacturing Company parking lot.  The sign says “No Trespassing”.  You know I’m a risk taker so I went close up anyway.

The view from the US Highway 84.


I-35 exit 330B. Drive west 2.5 miles on Hwy 6. Take exit right toward US Hwy 84. Bear right at first right and then quickly turn right into abandoned parking lot just past Furniture Row sign. It can be viewed from parking lot at Smith Furniture Manufacturing Company.

The address is at 6000 Franklin Ave. Waco, Texas

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The Empty Cross | Kerrville, Texas

I went to Kerrville last year for the first time ever after 27 years of living in Austin.  I brought my roommate’s oldest daughter, Alma,  to Kerrville Lions Camp for her parents who were out of state then.  After dropping Alma off , I went back to TX-16 to Fredericksburg, I noticed the big cross over the hill.  I didn’t bother checking it out, going straight home.  Once I was home, I googled it up.

“The Empty Cross” is a seven story Cor-ten steel sculpture by artist/evangelist, Max Greiner, Jr. This stunning sculpture was donated to The Coming King Foundation by Max and Sherry Greiner, and Monte and Beverly Paddleford, owners of Eagle Bronze Foundry in Lander, WY. The Carbon Steel skeleton of the cross was covered with a Cor-ten steel skin. After scouring by sand blasting, a reddish brown patina was released, symbolizing the shed blood of Jesus Christ. This unique contemporary sculpture was installed on top of a 1930’ hill top above IH-10 on July 27, 2010.

I had decided to put on my bucket list before I went ahead to Plano for my aunt Rosemary’s memorial service during the Memorial Day weekend this year.  I also included the Stonehenge II on the list that was not too far from the Empty Cross.

When I was getting close, I spotted the Empty Cross easily.  It was clearly shown on the hill on the right.  It’s a little steep and a very curvy road going to the top.  I took my time observing these things there. I’m not a religious person but I have to admit that the park is pretty big, parking is plenty, the view is amazing and you can write your prayer on the rocks.

From my observation, it was a cross on the layout of the Empty Cross.  Too bad I didn’t have a drone to take a video of this layout but it is pretty cool to recognize that too.

Walking leading to the Empty Cross

Take on I-10 exit 508. Turn north onto Hwy 16/Fredericksburg Rd, then quickly turn left (west) onto Benson Drive. Drive past the car dealership, paralleling the north side of the freeway, then turn right and drive up to the parking area for the cross.

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Devil’s Backbone Overlook | Canyon Lake, Texas

These rolling hills and sweeping valleys dotted with oak and juniper and cactus make for a perfect location for a picnic and picture-taking on Farm Road 32.   Upon this 20-mile-long stretch of road and I knew exactly why it is called ‘The Devil’s Backbone’.  It is a twisting two-lane narrow road that goes up a steep hill, with absolutely beautiful hill country scenery on both sides of the road as you look down.  It had a chain link fence around it. It was hard to see the beauty of the hills. I found something interesting was about all the crosses and other items fixed to the fence.

The view affords one an unobstructed vista of the Blanco River Valley. It’s widely believed that the Backbone is haunted by the souls of ranchers who committed suicide to avoid being tortured by Comanches, and by an entire Confederate army troop that thunders through in the night.The view is to die for, literally, as people take ashes of cremated significant others and toss them off the cliff.


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Want a Big Slice of Cherry Pie?

The giant slice of cherry pie sits on the big plate atop of the building.  I haven’t tried it because I’m not fond of cherries.  I’ve to admit that I haven’t entered inside the dessert store.  If you want to try some pies, there are a very few parking spots in the front of the store.

You can find the Texas Pie Company at 202 West Center Street, Kyle, Texas.

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The Creature of the Night

“Night Wing” is the rotating, purple metal sculpture of a bat in flight by Dale Whistler at the corner of South Congress & Barton Springs Road honors Austin’s most famous part-time residents. Every evening around sundown from mid-March through October, 1.5 million Mexican free-tail bats soar off into the night, in columns that look like wisps of smoke. 

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Roar Your Fire!

There’s a dragon outside the medieval castle facade is on a building containing classic arcade games, including a working Hercules — a 1970s pinball game so large it uses a pool cue ball.

15201 S IH 35
Buda, Texas

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