We left Las Cruces, on to Balmorhea, then stayed in Junction. That part of our trip was mostly dry, desert-like landscapes, and not too interesting. So there were very few pictures taken.
But then we started into the Hill country of Texas. The wildflowers were profuse. When talking to the locals in Johnson City, they said the flowers were more gorgeous than they had been in years because of the early rain then the heat, then more rain. We have rarely had a more beautiful ride for so many miles. These are just a few of the landscapes we were privileged to enjoy.
Our first stop the next day was Blue Bell. Even Tina visited.
There are no cameras allowed on the tour, but we got a few pictures around the plant and in the lobby.
When waiting for our tour to begin we looked at the many pictures depicting the history of Blue Bell. It started as the Brenham Creamery. They first bought the excess product from local dairies and made premium butter. They then expanded to ice cream. Word spread by the locals that this was the best ice cream made. Blue Bell name was chosen because that was the favorite flower of the wife of the owner. The history was interesting, but even more interesting was this picture of Debra Westerfield opening each Oreo cookie package individually. I knew there must be a strong Westerfield connection to Blue Bell.
We had lunch at a local sandwich shop, Must be Heaven, and the lunch was outstanding. I had broccoli cheese soup so I would have room to share a piece of pie. Tom’s BLT had 10, count them, 10 pieces of bacon, of course tomatoes, lettuce and Texas thick sliced wheat bread.
We took a ride out to the Texas State Park, Washington on the Brazos. This was the birthplace of Texas. We got there just as the museum was closing, so decided we would go back.
Back at the Elks lodge we decided to eat their Friday night dinner, $12 for steak, fish or shrimp dinner with Hush Puppies, including salad, and baked potato. Complimentary drinks. It just doesn’t get much better.
Today we ordered the part for the Jeep and will pick it up tomorrow, so after Tom installs the window regulator and motor, we should be back to normal. This was one of the nicest, most comprehensive museums we have been to. The attention to details in every display was excellent. Again, we learned more about Texas the independent republic and then a state.
Bedtime for the Westerfields. Tomorrow we will be On the Road Again fixing the Jeep and maybe going to the Lavender Farms.
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