Wednesday Weekly June 20: Brenham and Salado

This last week was the first week I wasn’t working the contract job. The only thing I had to do was hand in my laptop and then I was set. With a pretty much open week, I had to figure out what I wanted to do. It’s getting hot as heck in Texas so why not cool myself down a little bit? I decided a trip to the Blue Bell Factory in Brenham would be good to get a little cool down straight from the source.

I hit the road for Brenham. Being the caffeine addict I am, I made a pit stop at Independence Brewing Co. to get my fix.

Now you’re probably thinking, “It’s hot as heck in Texas and you’re buying hot coffee?” I guess that’s what happens when your body calls for its next hit of caffeine. Then again, who doesn’t like a good cup of coffee? With the cup of coffee firmly planted in my hand, I took a short stroll in downtown Brenham.

I got back in the car, and soon I was to the Blue Bell Factory. This is where I checked a few things out and cooled down with some sea salted caramel ice cream.

After Blue Bell, I wanted to get more usage out of my Texas State Park pass. I’m really starting to question the mapping algorithms behind Google Maps and Garmin. I knew the state park was in the middle of nowhere and expected to take a Farm-to-Market road. I didn’t expect to, once again, take unpaved roads. At least, this time, they were not covered in snow.

I finally arrived at Lake Somerville Nails Creek State Park.

I pretty much had the park to myself. It was peaceful and serene as I walked around and looked at the park and lake. After a while of sweating in the hot sun, I was back in the air-conditioned car.

Of course, Google maps had a hard time working, and when it did, it took me down another stupid route. I got to envy this construction worker though. I mean how he placed the vehicle to hold up the sign for him was pure genius.

It gave him plenty of time to smoke a cigarette and BS with the other guy sitting there on the equipment. He’d effectively automated his job in a low tech manner. When the truck leading the line of cars (or in this case me since this was a middle of nowhere road) came, he just waved me to follow him.

Soon I was back to US290 and the beaten (yet well-paved) path. It was smooth sailing from here. On the bright side, I also got my miles trued up to 30,000 on the 2017 Focus so I could change the oil again on Friday.

After changing oil, Victoria and I ate at Dos Batos. They make amazing tacos. Trying to do something a little different, I got a torta instead. It was just as good as their tacos!

On Saturday, Victoria and I headed to Salado. We had to do some wedding planning and decided to eat at Johnny’s Steaks and Bar-Be-Que afterward.

That night, we were sick and tired of the heat, so we stayed in and ate a Milwaukee-style frozen pizza. To be honest, I didn’t know there was such a thing as “Milwaukee-style” pizza until I saw it in the grocery store. All-in-all it tasted like a typical frozen pizza.

On Sunday, we hit up Flyrite Chicken. This is one of our go-to places.

We had a few wedding-related errands to run. I got fitted for my suit at Men’s Wearhouse.

Besides that, it’s just a lot of wedding planning stuff and also getting my to-do list whittled down. The weather has been hit or miss, so I’m hoping to take a big road trip across Texas to show something unique here. You’ll have to stay tuned to see what I come up with!

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