Yet another Driftwood Pioneer Days parade is in the books. At .50
miles (1/2mi) in length, this one has to be the shortest in distance of all the
events we participate in each year. Early Saturday morning, Danny
trailered his jeep/trailer combo over to my house. Herb drove his
jeep over as well and the three of us had a convoy to Driftwood.
Rolling out from the house about 7:15am, the group took the back roads to
get to Camp Ben McCullough road, out past the Salt Lick and finally the
staging area in Driftwood. There was one float already present and
the three of them arrived about 7:40am. Lewis S drove in from
Wimberley to join the group and a bit later John K showed up with his jeep
on the trailer and joined us in the staging line.
For a good hour or more, we enjoyed good conversation, saw John's new
toy - a backpack radio, and generally waited for the start of the great
parade. Promptly at 9:30, the parade started. We were behind a
group of Brownie scouters so our pace was Low-Low-1st on the transmissions
and that was just fine. As mentioned, the route is only .50 miles
long (about 800 yards) As the group approached town, the last 150
yards had spectators lining the roadway. A script was provided
earlier and read aloud to the people watching the parade. The script
informed the group of the year, model and period of each vehicle.
After the parade, we continued about another 150 yards past the 'town
center', pulled into the grass and parked the vehicles. Lewis took
off back home. The rest of us wandered in and around the various
vendors for Driftwoods festival. After 30 minutes or so, we headed
back to the vehicles, waited a bit for traffic to clear from the parade
and headed home.
All in all, a really fun "little" event if you have nothing
better to do on a beautiful Saturday morning in late September!