We started off our morning on South Padre Island. Theresa really likes the beach but I think we really wanted to go back and try to eat at Manuel’s. Texas Monthly must love to eat at Manuel’s because it made the list of top 50 Mexican Food Restaurants, Top 40 Places to Eat Breakfast, and 63 Tacos to Eat Before You Die. We loved the salsa and the breakfast burrito. I would have shared with Greg but here is his before and after shots!
We depart Port Isabel and begin the final day of our adventure. We have been zigzagging across South Texas and the Rio Grande Valley and we continue that pattern with the GPS programmed for Falfurrias. We take a slight detour for Greg to check out some wind energy.
The Brooks County Courthouse in Falfurrias was a quick photo stop before we move on over to Hebbronville. There is an old run down hotel across the street from the Jim Hogg County Courthouse and it is worth a look. The three of us often talk about buying an old building, in a small town, restoring the building, opening a business and live on the second floor. If we could get all the siblings, nieces and nephews involved we could really boost the economy of a town! It is really sad to see a building with a historical marker to fall into such disrepair. The Hotel Viggo was built in 1915.
Hebbronville had a banner that boasted “Vaquero Capital of Texas”! I love churches so just a couple of blocks over is Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church and the old Scotus College, an Fransican Seminary.
It was late Monday night when we went through La Salle County so we have to backtrack and it was a good thing we did! We had been searching for Hostess cupcakes, Zingers, Ding Dongs, Snowballs or basically anything made by the now bankrupt Hostess. We found the mother lode in Freer and then again in Cotulla. We bypassed lunch for our favorite Hostess snack. The county courthouse in Cotulla was being worked on so we couldn’t get very close.
One of main destinations on this trip was Los Angeles, we blinked and almost missed it.
We go to Tilden, the county seat of McMullen before going North towards San Antonio. Jourdanton is the county seat of Atascosa. Their courthouse was beautiful!
Poteet, the Strawberry Capital of Texas, our final stop so we hunt down the large strawberry for our last photo.
No trip to San Antonio is complete without a visit to La Fogata’s. I love to eat there! Theresa had the Taco Campisino’s, I have nachos (I love their refried beans), but dessert was really what we were after. Their Mango Empanadas are wonderful, especially when it is accompanied by the mango ice cream. Yummy! Theresa had the Tres Leches and Greg didn’t speak while he was eating his sopapillas and vanilla ice cream he just kept rolling his eyes!
We made it to the airport and checked our trip odometer at 1289.4!
I have about 40 counties left in our great State of Texas. Next year we are headed to El Paso for our annual birthday trip.
See ya on the road!