Trip Start Sep 07, 2007
47Trip End Jan 12, 2008
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When we got off the freeway, we drove through this little town called Luring. Sorry, but, the place is an absolute pit. Note this elegant looking H & R Block, which we found hilarious.
As we headed into the town of Lockhart, things started to improve. Suddenly there were stores and restaurants, and (of course) a Walmart Supercenter. Neighborhoods even started to appear. Cute neighborhoods, actually. With quite a bit of new development going in. Lockhart is only about half an hour from Austin, so many of these people work in the city, but live here where it is more affordable. Seeing that Lockhart is a real place, I started to feel better about Gramma living here.
Gramma's house is so cute. Her street is very small and narrow, so parking the rig was tricky, but the neighborhood is cute. When we pulled up, she was standing outside waiting for us, she was so excited to see us. My cousin Ricky Joe (whom Grandma raised, and who now lives on the other side of town) was also there. We came in, had the grand tour of her little place, and sat down to visit for a bit.
A couple minutes later, my uncle Brad and his family showed up. They live across the street.
Our time with Gramma was limited, since we still had a lot of miles to cover, so we didn't hang around for long. We said goodbye to Brad and his family, then headed out to lunch with Grandma and Rick.
First, we drove through the little downtown. City Hall is a large building that has been there since 1898 or thereabouts.
After the tour, we went to Smitty's, a small cafeteria style restaurant that serves what has been rated as some of the best BBQ in Texas.
After lunch, we went back to Grandma's house for just a few minutes. She had made us a pineapple upside-down cake, which we packed to go. We could tell that she didn't want us to leave, and was kind of upset that our visit totalled out at only about 3 hours. I felt so bad. But we're on a schedule, and wanted to reach our stop-over point for the night before it got too late. She understood and, finally, after many hugs and kisses, we were on our way.