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ON THE CLICK ROUTE:  Get a grip on the steering wheel in this neck of the woods. 
       Its pretty rough in spots and not intended for low-centered vehicles.

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Story & Photos by IRA KENNEDY

Some of the locals get down on me when I talk about the Click Route.  They want to keep it all for themselves and don't appreciate strangers littering up the place and pretending they're lost when they're caught trespassing.

If you have any interest in your well-being you'll read the details on the Map page
which will keep us all out of trouble and prevent my life from coming to an untimely end.



Nigel the Landrover was pointed south on Hwy 16 toward Fredericksburg.  But we didn't go to Fredericksburg cause it's too crowded, and prime Bluebonnet country stops some fifteen miles before you get there anyway.  Just outside Llano we took the Prairie Mountain Road toward our old homeplace on the Triple Creek Ranch.
       Three miles out of town we crossed Six Mile Creek, the site of the mysterious Six Mile Lights.  Some folks think it's some kind of ball lightning and others don't say much.  They just point to the nearby Six Mile Cemetery kinda jittery like.  ( Six, six, six -- maybe you don't want to stop.  Besides the rare phenomena only happens at night.)
      One county road shy of the unpaved CR112 that leads to Triple Creek, we hung a left on the paved CR113.  Okay, so the pavement kinda dissolves into the ground here and there but Nigel the Land Rover was headed for some truly rugged country so a little consideration was extended.
      Along the way we passed Bullhead Mountain where, from 1994-99, some hush-hush research was conducted.  Rumor held that the property, fenced in like a top security military establishment, was trying to capture energy from lightning.  Well the rumor was pretty close considering the complexity of the truth.
       Seems William Church -- better known for his relationship to Church's Fried Chicken is an amateur scientist whose chickens didn't run off on him -- funded the operation's research in "free energy" up on Bullhead.
       He hired Hal Puthoff  formerly director of  the CIA-initiated Remote Viewing Program (read psychic spies) for over two-decades.  Puthoff currently resides in Austin, Texas where he works for Jupiter Technologies researching Zero Point Energy,
a potentially unlimited  pollution-free energy source that could  enhance life on earth and   be the long-awaited source of propulsion into deep space.
       The other hired hand on Bullhead was Kenneth Shoulders who lived up there for a couple of years.   Then he came down from the mountain top and filed U.S. Patent 5,018,180 for the "...apparatus and method for obtaining energy from high electrical charge density entities".
       Now, there's at least one scientist looking into the Chasmir Effect who believes that  ball lightning (remember Six Mile?) extracts Zero Point Energy from free space.  According to the theory, empty space is full of energy in a form that cannot be used or seen. Kinda like the Granite-O-Bar after closing time.
       Meanwhile, back in the real world, Ms. Intrepid and I crossed Silver Mine Creek, Gold Mine Creek on our way to Oxford.  This is Legion Valley; at its center is Enchanted Rock the sacred mountain of Central Texas.  I lived in these parts for years and every landmark holds a story.  Fact is, I've written or published most of those stories in Enchanted Rock Magazine (reincarnated on-line as Enchanted Rock Archives).
       Nearing Oxford I had Ms. Intrepid apply the whoa reins to Nigel the Land Rover.  There was an old wore-out, rickety building just ahead I always admired.  For me, old buildings are like old friends you visit every now and again to see how they are fairing.  All that remained was its stone chimney.  Seems, in my later years, things have started disappearing all around me. 
Like most folks the first thing every morning is check the mirror to see if  I'm still on a roll. 
       The Click Route just ahead is my favorite Hill Country drive, hands down.  When you come out on Hwy 16 at Oxford turn left then take the next right.  You won't find it in your travel books. There are no motels, restaurants, or gas stations along the way. Fact is, there's no pavement and the dirt road crosses Sandy Creek twice.  More to the point, the road stops on one side and begins again on the opposite.  There is only one low water crossing on the route and you'd best take it slow.
       If you don't have a four-wheel drive, or at least a pretty high center, don't try this route at all. If there has been a good rain recently, proceed with caution.   If you get in trouble it will be hours or even days before another vehicle to passes by.  And your cell phone might not get a signal.
        Along the way you'll pass by Ollie Gravis' old hideout, through Click Pass and down into Sandy Valley where, back in 1756, a Spanish expedition led by  Bernardo de Miranda  y Flores discovered silver along Honey Creek.   I might as well let y'all in on another little secret -- silver and gold mines have been in virtual continuous operation in Llano County following the Miranda expedition.  Back in the late 1800s Gail Borden, of Borden Milk fame, operated a placer mine for gold along Sandy Creek.
       When you finally come to an intersection hang a right.  Just a few miles west you'll come up on Click.  Still found on many maps you'll wonder why.  There are only two structures there, a old home and, next door, another building that served as a general store and postoffice.  It's not that the other buildings in town have gone the way of all things.  Click is as big today as it ever was.
       If you take a look at the old store you'll notice that the front doors are kinda high. That was to allow customers to pull their wagons alongside for easy loading and unloading.  Another less visible feature is a small slot in the wall with the word "LETTERS" carved there.   Seems drive-by mailboxes are nothing new.
       With little daylight remaining, we headed for another almost gone town called Sandy. A few years back this drive was thick with Bluebonnets and promises to be even better this year.  All in all the upcoming wildflower season should be a whopper.  In fact there was a little snow that fell in the area while I was writing this article.   Go figure.
       I might as well fess up and say that this was the most difficult issue to wrap my brain around.  Simply put, this is my homeland and  I have more facts and stories than I could possibly entertain.  Such details had the annoying propensity of distracting me from the task at hand.
       Okay, I know that I'm way behind on my publication schedule by some six weeks; but I'll be playing catching up by publishing a quick turnaround on the February issue on the Bluebonnet Trail complete with maps and plenty of photos from my archives.

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