“[…] the fifth and most noble strip [of Texas], those marvelous, quiet lands which lay to the west of the Balcones. […] the very best part of Texas, the hill country.
[…] they found themselves surrounded by low, wooded hills of the most enchanting variety, graced by exquisite valleys hiding streamlets. The scene changed constantly […], now opening out into vistas, now closing in so that they could see only short distances ahead. “
James Michener, Texas (New York, 1985), pp. 602 f.