So Chris got a truck. A really cool, really enormous truck that rides so high I can now make eye contact with truck drivers. That’s a downside I suppose, but you get the idea. Anyway, this guy has been like a kid on Christmas for the last week–and I don’t see it ending anytime soon.
So I wasn’t surprised we he
randomly suggested we take a little road trip this weekend. I knew he just wanted to take his new toy out for joy ride and I didn’t put up a fight! So this morning we hit the road for Brenham, Texas. It’s an hour northwest of Katy and the “birthplace of Texas”…oh and the home of Blue Bell ice cream. Yum.
The car ride was amusing. For one, Chris had downloaded a Texas Roadtrip playlist…you didn’t know that existed? Me neither. After that was over he tried to impress me with his voice commands. “Play track: Take Me Home” (by John Denver)…and on came Eddie Money with “Take Me Home Tonight”. Classic.
Our first stop was Washington-on-the-Brazos State Park. This is the where Texans declared their independence from Mexico in the 1800’s. It probably would’ve been neat had it not been three-million degrees outside. Let’s just say it felt more like Mexico than Texas at this point!
He loves it when I take his picture.
It’s just a replica floor, you say? Oh well, still a cool picture.
A view of the Brazos. I was tempted to jump in…
There was also a museum (which we mainly used for the air conditioning) and an old working farm (that we bypassed in order to get some grub)….so yeah, I guess you could say we got a little history in during the trip?
Just around the corner was this fantastically awesome little restaurant–R Place. It’s a little old grocery store turned BBQ joint. The atmosphere was enough for me to fall in love, but the delicious food made it even better. Coming from the girl who usually orders chicken fingers at BBQ places…I loved the bbq beef sandwich! I guess you could say I’m broadening my horizons in Texas 🙂
I should also mention that the owner was great. He was so nice plus he reminded me of Danny Devito in Always Sunny–double bonus. We will definitely be making a trip back to R Place in the future!
Next stop: Blue Bell Creameries. We found out last night that they weren’t open for tours on the weekends (what?!), but decided it was something we at least had to see. So here it is…
When we moved to Houston last year, Erica was giving me a rundown on all things Texas and she asked if I’d ever had Blue Bell–you know, the ice cream only sold in Texas. I had to break the news to her that it was actually sold nation-wide…but the good thing is that now she can enjoy a taste of Texas in Nebraska 🙂 Speaking of that crazy cat–I get to see her next weekend and I’m puuuuumped!
Anyway, so Blue Bell. We didn’t get to do the tour, but have no fear, we stopped at a little diner downtown and had a couple scoops. Best chocolate chip cookie dough I’ve ever had in my life. Seriously!
Then we spent the rest of the day doing this…
Antique stores galore! I’m not sure how much Chris researched Brenham before he suggested the trip–because it’s pretty much all antiques. My dream…not so much his. But he was a good sport and pretended to enjoy it. It probably helped that I didn’t buy a single thing. These were serious antique stores…the ones that think their stuff is worth a LOT. $2500 for a kitchen table? Not in this lifetime! Too bad though because look at how lovely it is…
All in all, an awesome day. I’m hoping for many more TX road trips with my pickup man.
I've been meaning to do a post on Tony's truck too. He is like a little kid. I told him he has to start listening to country if he's driving a truck…He downloaded Garth Brooks 100 Greatest Hits 🙂 Guess we have to start somewhere.