Thursday, February 5, 2009

On the way to Galveston...

I passed by a few interesting sights on the 350 miles to Galveston last weekend which I thought I'd share.

This is one of the first pictures I took on my way out of New Braunfels. It's a "sign" in front of a meat market specializing guessed it...deer meat. Now, I've never been a hunter type of gal, but I would think they could have come up with a slightly more aesthetically pleasing entrance to their business. Maybe that's just me, though.

I've mentioned several times in some of my posts about Texas that places are in the middle of nowhere. You see a lot of that in Texas because it takes so long to get from one place to another. Here is Belmont, Texas. (At the risk of repeating myself, it's in the middle of nowhere. Just so I don't have to type that again, I'll refer to it as "in TMON" from now on.) If you click on the brief Belmont link, you'll see that it has a population of 60. I thought it offered some photo ops.

I should have gone in this place because it sure smelled good from the outside.

I think this must have been a church at one point because the little story about Belmost says they originally had two churches

Here's the other one. Pretty little church, but kind of strange without any windows.

And here's their state-of-the-art post office.

This was a few miles down the road in TMON. A guy had this stuff set up on the corner of a remote country road intersection. So, if you're in the market for some colorful Easter lawn ornaments, here's the place to come.

This sign was in Gonzales, Texas. It was about the only photoworthy thing I could see as I was passing through. I think the majority of the male population would go along with ol' Buc-ee on this one. You can't help but notice how hopeful little Buc-ee looks. lol

This is the Colorado River a few miles outside of Gonzales. This is the only old bridge I passed on the whole trip which seems kind of surprising considering the miles I covered.

Shiner, Texas, is famous for its brewery. Shiner beers are popular throughout the state. My personal favorite is Shiner Bock. Although the population is only about 2,000, I was very impressed with this beautiful Catholic church I passed.

I think all of Shiner could probably fit in this church.

Shiner's own Opera House.

This is on the outskirts of Shiner. You don't see too many of these anymore.

It was just a little one...and they don't have the speakers that hang on the car window. But it's still cool.

My dad used to service sound systems for theaters, drive-ins and churches when I was a kid, so the old theaters have always been kind of a fascination with me. I remember tagging along sometimes so I could watch the movies.

I don't remember which towns these were in, but thought they were worth a picture.

You can't go on a road trip without eating at a small town diner. This one was in East Bernard, so I stopped for lunch. They didn't have much on the menu...mostly just that's what I had. They were out of French fries so I had onion rings. One of the best burgers I've had in a LONG time...and the rings were great. Should have gotten a picture.

Not much to look at on the outside...but those kinds of places usually have the best food.

All the scenery pretty much looks the same in this part of Texas, so when you come across a grove of pines like this, you can't help but notice. I rolled down the window and could smell the sweet aroma which brought back memories of the Black Hills of South Dakota. These don't seem to be doing too well, though.

Another in TMON shot. Kind of a strange thing to come across in Texas...not what you'd expect to say the least. I parked across the highway to get this shot. I think they were just as curious about me as I was about them.

So that's it for my little road trip. I think it will be awhile before I go for another least in Texas. The bad thing about road trips here is that you have to go SOOO many miles to get from one place to another. And the scenery is all the same...

...pretty boring. When I lived in Maryland, you could drive a few hours and be in several different states...with lots of different scenery! Not so in Texas.


Vee said...

More fun on the road with Deb. Zebras? WTF? You manage to find some interesting scenery among all the boring sameness!

Isla Deb said...

Tell me about it. I turned a corner and found the zebras and thought I had been transported to Africa. Texas has its share of surprises amongst the "sameness."

Islagringo said...

Another most excellent adventure and post. Great, no, fantastic pictures! Loved the Catholic church photo looking up to the spire. Thanks for sharing.

Isla Deb said...

Thanks, Wayne. I think I need to go on a road trip in Mexico.

Jamqueen said...

Wonderful photos! If I travelled 350 miles up here( at least going north) I could pass thru 4 states! To the west is NY & it very wide!