Friday, March 12, 2010

Fried Oreos

Where but in Texas would you find Fried Oreos, Fried Snickers, Fried dill pickles, Fried Twinkies...???

This was a surprise yesterday...this nice policewoman riding this beautiful mount, Mikey, walked up to the RV window to talk while we were parked in a WalMart parking lot. I just love Texas!

We seek out factory tours and love to find the ice cream factories. This is Blue Bell Ice Cream (really, really good!). We added that to our list of ice cream factories we've toured...Blue Bunny, Ben & Jerry's, Blue Bell. May be Breyers will be next...

One of our favorite On the Road activities...Presidential Libraries. This is at President George H.W. Bush's in College Station, TX --- a 2.5 ton section of the Berlin Wall.

Best part of traveling - looking up friends and family. This is Sal's cousin Frank, his son, daughter-in-law and grandson. We just love seeing Frank who has had a life of adventures that just knock your socks off. We'd never met his family before and that was a treat. We plan to meet up with all of them again in July at a family reunion in IL.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Still in Texas...

One of the things we've learned to seek out - State Capitol buildings. Beautiful and free admission! Here's Austin ... and the trees are blooming.

Another thing we seek out - Presidential Libraries and Museums. Wonderful history lessons.

My favorite thing in LBJ's library was this letter from a school boy.

More to look for in Texas...BBQ joints! They are renowned for smoked beef, pork, sausage. Go in and buy right out of the smoker...
smells so good in there. (And then you and your clothes smell like that all day long.)

We have had SUCH a good time visiting friends from Scottsdale who relocated to a ranch outside a tiny Texas town. Allen and Mayra have the most incredible collection of animals. These 3 - Paco, Macho and Guapo (which means "handsome" in Spanish) - Mexican long horn cattle.

Notice the new hairdo that the photographer gave me?

This little cutie is Clementine, one of 3 burros who live with 3 horses.

And this is the herd of 7 mini African goats that love to go for walks. We took them on a long walk around the ranch.

Allen lets the chickens out to graze then gets them back in their pen with his special chicken broom...

That's their beautiful house in the background that they built - overlooks their pool and pond and acres of land. Not a neighbor in sight. So peaceful.