A seven-foot-tall jackalope was spotted in Wimberley, Texas!
The furry jackrabbit-antelope hybrid was seen wearing a horse saddle, and galloping through Hill Country after throwing a unknown blond rider.
I have a feeling none of you are surprised by my attempt at a shocking headline.
I can’t even surprise you all anymore, can I? *sigh*
Pioneer Town, Wimberley, Texas – Home of the Jackalope
Pioneer Town, a replica of a mid-1800s western town, has all the requirements of an old western movie set: a dirt main street, a blacksmith shop, a livery stable, a post office, a print shop, a general store, old houses, a steepled church, and an opera house. It also has a cowboy museum and requisite souvenir shop,… and a giant jackalope.
Because every mid-1800’s western town had a giant jackalope. Probably.
You might notice a complete lack of patrons in my photos below. By accident, I happened to go during the off season. I believe the town is closed during the winter months, but opens Memorial Day. (This was told to me, after my arrival, by a shop owner who happened to be there at the time. What little I have found online is inconsistent and conflicting. I could not find the opening and closing dates anywhere online. In fact, had I seen this anywhere in print BEFORE my trip, I would’ve known the place was closed and gone another time.)
As it was, going during the off season worked out… I had the place to myself. So none of the shops were open, the place seemed as if it was a ghost town. That was only a problem when I had to pee.
But there weren’t any crowds either. There is that.
You can just picture a dusty, unshaven Clint Eastwood strolling through the deserted street, cigar hanging from his mouth, spurs jangling with each booted step. (Cue: whistling trill wah wah wahhh)
However, I was fortunate to find someone to escort me through the cowboy museum and souvenir shop so I could see the one thing that brought me out to Pioneer Town in the first place… The jackalope!
It is awesome! Better than I imagined! First, it’s huge, probably seven feet tall. It’s covered with real fur (no, I don’t know what kind), and it has a regular, horse-sized saddle. For a dollar you can sit on the jackalope.
I hear the owner of the jackalope shop, Jack Glover, is a hoot to talk to. I’m sorry I didn’t get to meet him, you’ve got to be a pretty cool individual to have a jackalope. If possible, try to visit when he’ll be around.
Pioneer Town in Wimberley, Texas is the 7A Resort on Wayside Drive. Give them a call before you go, unless you don’t mind trying to find someone during the off season to let you in to a bathroom.