Texas 2013 Day 3: Buc-ee's
The morning started with some glorious, glorious rain. I suspect (and so does the weather report on my iPhone) that mean it might cool down a bit which would be rather epic. It's actually cooled down a lot already... well at least to the 90's instead of 100's :)
We started the day with some strudel, coffee and yoghurt (this place rocks). Then off to Frank's parents' house, to admire their beautiful views, talk Genealogy with Frank's Dad, pat the super fat cat, and have my life changed forever for the better after Frank's Mom served us her world-famous banana pudding for... well I guess it was 2nd breakfast :)
The amazingness continued when I met Gracie (or more likely spelled "Grey-C" -- "Grey Cat")... an incredibly sweet and nice cat who immediately became best friends with me.
|Gracie, what a sweet cat|
|Tortillas being made!|
|Where Brooks went to high school!|
Frank and Jess had primed me about this place in advance, saying how much amazing snack food they have as well as an insane station of beef jerky and other things that are glorious. It was soooooooooo crazy and soooooo awesome. The bathrooms are voted the cleanest in Texas or something like that, and they were pretty freakin' spotless. Nicely done! Snacks were lining the walls as well as hilarious Texas-y stuff like a Texas map-shaped waffle maker. Beyond the walls of candy was a beef jerky bar area. I tasted several and bought a cherry one and a salt and pepper one. I suspect we'll be back later in the week to take a bunch home.
|Buc-ee's New Braunfels -- the largest convenience store in the world|
|I love this new hat|
|So many... snacks|
|The most epic convenience store ever|
|Haha, metal triangles, you ring to tell everyone to come in for dinner!|
|A bazillion kinds of creamer|
In the evening, we headed to the small historic town of Gruene (pronounced "Green"). We wandered in an Antique shop, then in a more kitschy shop, and then headed to The Gristmill, which used to be an old mill. There, we got massive onion rings ("everything's bigger in Texas") and I had a very manly Strawberry Colada with "Chicken Fried Steak" and mashed potatoes. Wild.
|Cool signs up at Gruene city center|
|So... many... Onion Rings|
|Chicken Fried Steak and Mashed Potatoes|
|Gruene water tower|
We were gonna head back to the car when we were enticed down the road by some live music. We walked over, and it was an awesome band of young folks, probably in their early twenties, just rockin' out pretty fierce. They played a bunch of well-known stuff like The Black Keys and also some of their own songs. It was awesome, and we stayed for a couple hours... drinking cold beer (and water!) in the hot sun and watching the sun go down.
|Out for beer and a band in the later evening|
|Me and Griz, chillin'|
|Chiewe and Girts|