The Road to 65, Mile 72: Dreams in Abundance

February 8, 2015, San Antonio to Fairhope, AL- A number of eateries in Texas opt to close on Sunday.  In the case of a barbecue spot in Houston, it was their loss.  After having had a good breakfast at a Country Pride franchise, east of San Antonio, I made the 200-mile jaunt to Houston, for a visit with an online friend.  His daughter, along for the visit, made the event another ten degrees of spectacular, with her views on matters and sharing her dreams for the future.

The journey included a stop outside the town of Seguin, named for a key figure in the Texas War for Independence from Mexico, in 1836. He was a mayor of San Antonio, during the transition.  The doors below are from his rancheria, south of present-day Seguin.

SAM_3845   The Rest Area also features a Nature Trail, in which the most notable feature, this time of year, is this holly bush.

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I next stopped briefly in Flatonia, a town with a sizable Czech population.  The downtown was deserted, but I got some views of what it once was.

SAM_3850 This train spotting tower once was a frenetic place.

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Here are some nearly forgotten gems from the early 20th Century.

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Once in Houston’s northwest side, I met my online friend, and new young friend, for lunch at the interesting and awesome Spaghetti Western.

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SAM_3856 The day thus enlivened, including with a few pirouettes and tales of confidence by the young lady, I moved on, with a stop in Anahuac, near Houston Shipping Channel and the San Jacinto Tower, across the channel.

SAM_3861 Lake Charles, the first town I entered in Louisiana, has a lovely lakeside park, with a small nature walk and sizable Convention Center.

SAM_3865 An alligator topiary greets the visitor.

SAM_3869 The pond was empty, as were the birds’ nests.

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I continued on, through Lafayette, Hammond, Slidell and Covington, LA (dinner was at at a Hot Wok,near there), the Mississippi Gulf Coast and Mobile, before settling in for the night in Fairhope, just southeast of Mobile.  So many wonders escape the camera, in the dark and during a time of needing to get sleep.  I will hopefully get to Mobile, Biloxi and Lafayette, at least, during daylight hours, on the way back.

9 thoughts on “The Road to 65, Mile 72: Dreams in Abundance

  1. I am surprised that the eateries forgo the after church crowd.

    Looks like you’re still having lots of fun! Again, we really enjoyed meeting you.

  2. You have quite interesting travels, and you’re well-informed about wherever you go.

    I’m glad you got to meet-up with Mark! Great shot.

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