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.