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Boerne Through the Eyes of an Armadillo

Sparky the Armadillo from Allen!We hear from and meet a myriad of visitors each day here at the Boerne Visitor Center whether it is in person, via social media, through the website, e-mail or snail mail. A few weeks back we received a package in the mail from our new friend Andrew; a 2nd grader in Alvin, TX, with a special request.  His class is studying the different regions of Texas, and after reading "The Armadillo from Amarillo", by Lynne Cherry, about a traveling Armadillo by the name of Sasparillo, they all created their own traveling armadillos. Andrew; being a wise child, selected the Texas Hill Country and created our dear friend “Sparky the Armadillo”. His request was for us to take Sparky on a journey through Boerne and document his adventures with photos and return him alongside a copy of our visitors guide so he could share the information with his class. Needless to say, Sparky had a blast on the Hill Country Mile, in historic downtown Boerne and was returned with a care package full of fabulous Hill Country & Boerne information; as well as some goodies for the whole class!!

Sparky at the Boerne Visitor CenterFor those who have not had the pleasure of a Hill Country Mile outing, please enjoy Sparky’s Journey to Boerne second hand and let this be a preview for a future trip to our charming community!

Like a good traveler, Sparky started his trip at the Boerne Visitor Center to say hello to us of course; as well as pick up a Visitor Guide and downtown map. We were excited for his visit and suggested a few locations to explore.

Sparky at Veterans Plaza in BoerneHeaded North on Haupstrasse (Main Street), he happened upon the newly renovated Veterans Plaza and took a stroll along the “Walk of Honor” to peruse the names of the honored veterans who’s names have been etched into the bricks paving the way.

After crossing the Cibolo Creek, he hopped on the Cibolo Trail and made a new friend in the “Guardian Gander” and his brood while checking out the Art Al Fresco public art exhibit. Lunch at the Dodging Duck was a must since it was right across the street.

Sparky at A Little Nature Store GardenAfter a filling lunch, he kept going north and grabbed a sweet treat at Bear Moon Bakery for dessert and walked across the street to A Little Nature Store Garden to relax in their HUGE CHAIRS. Once the chocolate chip cookie was gone, he hit up the Free Little Library and grabbed a free book to go for later.

A trip to the Hill Country Mile wouldn’t be complete without a bit of shopping. Sparky took his time meandering through the variety of shops and galleries, picking out souvenirs and gifts for his family and friends back home in Alvin. TX. He was pleased to find the Fickle Pickle and tried a free sample (or 2).

Sparky and WIld Bill SelfieOnce finished shopping, he hit Main Plaza to see what was happening in the hub of Boerne. While there, he popped over to rest his feet on the bench in front of the park and say “hi” to “Wild Bill Hickok” and take a selfie with him. This is a very popular tourist thing to do you know!

Boerne has a rich history, and being a history-buff himself, our armadillo friend felt a trip to The Dienger Trading Co. in the historic Dienger Building, was a perfect way to close out his trip. The timeline on the wall of the boutique was a fascinating read that included the Sparky at The Dienger Trading Cobackstory of the building itself and gave a glimpse of how Boerne’s heritage has been formed through the years

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