Our first day begins early! We like to wear matching shirts on our trips to make it easier to locate each other. Today we are wearing Call 811 shirts, courtesy of Jim Bob Sims. They are so colorful we shouldn’t have any trouble finding each other. We eat breakfast at 6:30 and the depart in search of a Nacogdoches sign. We find two and the first selfies of the day are made!
Our first stop on the road is at Buc-ees in Madisonville. Can’t pass a Buc-ees and not stop!
Next up was the world’s largest Teapot in Navasota! Theresa is always game for a cheesy photo op, so she showed her version of My Little Teapot and the rest of the gang joined in!
We came upon the Brazos River in Washington, TX. Checked that off the list.
Washington on the Brazos was our next destination. It’s a history filled bathroom break for us. I have to admit that being in the car for hours each day can push some to their limit. For me, it all becomes a song or a big joke.
And we laughed and sang ALOT!
We met up with our friend, Tim Menke, for lunch at Royers in Round Top. It was a delightful yet pricey place for lunch but it was delicious.
Tim was our tour guide for the afternoon. Tim really wanted us to see Festival Hill, we did a drive by because this was not open. It is a hidden gem that we would like to go back and check out. It has over 200 acres that contains, gardens, parks and concert halls.
Tim kindly took us on a tour of the world’s smallest active Catholic Church. On the altar was a note that said “stop stealing from us! We know who you are!” So sad that someone steals from a church of all places!
As we made our way to visits 4 of the painted churches, we just had to stop at Junk Gypsy and check it out!! Just love that place!!
Tim took us by the Colorado for a photo opp!
Tim is also our guide as we visit four of the painted churches in Fayette County. First stop: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Ammansville.
Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church in Dubina
And a quick trip over the piano bridge:
St. Mary’s Church at High Hill
9 young men in World War II.
Our final church was St. Mary’s in Praha
We voted on our dinner stop and chose Blacks BBQ in Lockhart. The BBQ was delicious though the sides didn’t quite make the grade.
We finally made it to Austin and settled into our hotel and decided to check out the hotel happy hour and enjoy a nice cold Lone Star beer…check!
Cindy’s beautiful daughter Cortney joined us. While Cindy caught up with her daughter, the rest of us head down to the bridge on Congress to watch the evening flight of the bats. Unfortunately, it started pouring down rain and we were drenched, so we limped back up to the hotel.