Austin/Fort Stockton...Beauty and the Beast

Trip Start Jul 03, 2009
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Trip End Aug 16, 2009


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Where I stayed
The Sleep Inn Fort Stockton

Flag of United States  , Texas
Saturday, July 4, 2009

We woke up early on the 4th to do a zip line eco tour. Nothing like getting dressed up like a construction worker and flying through the trees at 9AM to get the day started. In all seriousness, we had a fantastic time and had two fantastic interesting female guides. One was on Survivor and the other is about to take off on a nomadic journey to South America. Really interesting and fun people, easy to trust with our lives/safety. Just a side note here, I hate doing group activities while traveling. We ended up with only one douche bag who wanted us to call him "bald sweaty guy." We ignored him.

After our eco-tour, we were going to try another swimming hole called Hamilton Pool, but it was July 4th, and the wait was about an hour…so of course we backed up our car and headed to BBQ! We got a little…redirected…3 times, including pulling up to the Salt Lick catering center but finally reached our destination. Salt Lick BBQ had come highly recommended from multiple sources and wow, was it  fantastic..We started with homemade lemonade while we waited for our table while a honky tonk band played the theme song to “Love Boat.”

 We got the all you can eat dinner and had ribs, brisket, the best sausage ever, coleslaw, beans (bad idea), potato salad and THE BEST BREAD EVER. (Joe wants me to call it 'cloud bread') We have made sure to Include photo footage of this bread, doughy,perfect for sopping up sauce, and all you can eat. We took a hearty portion with us on the road.

Joe and I loved Austin. Great city, great people, even Bonnie at the Walgreens wasn’t surly and rude. She got a little snippy when we wouldn’t buy her candy bars to support the local charity, but wished us a happy day all the same.

We then started our drive to Fort Stockton and the scenery was quite beautiful. The hills looked kind of furry. We then reached a tiny town called Fredericksburg. All German, all the time. We didn’t stop there but we did start seeing signs for fresh peaches. We found a great roadside stand, bought some peaches and some peach ice cream because ten pounds of meat wasn’t enough, and continued on our journey.

Let’s talk a little about the requirements of these smaller Texas towns:

-a KFC/Taco Bell combo restaurant

-everything is closed and rundown

-One Holiday Inn Express and one  Days Inn

-One pro life sign

Fort Stockton proved to be no different. We had a lovely night at the Sleep Inn which felt slightly like my Grandma’s nursing home room, but still clean and comfy. We saw an advertisement for the Fort Stockton 4th of July festival, complete with pageant, food, dancing and fireworks. After a little regroup at the hotel, Joe and I headed out to have some fun only to park and get surly “you’re not from around here” looks and headed right back to the hotel. On our way back, we saw Pecos Pete, the 2nd largest roadrunner statue in America and took some pictures. The highlight of that was watching a dumb teen who had climbed up on Pecos Pete and couldn’t get down. Fun at others expense.

Dinner options were few, so we stopped at Sonic to pick up some accompaniments to our leftover BBQ, and ended our night in shifty unfriendly Fort Stockton. Adios Texas!
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