Today we had a chore we needed to take care of - laundry. Since we decided to stay an extra week we were running out of clothes. We drove by a couple of Laundromats here in New Braunfels and decided we'd try out San Marcos since we planned to head that way today. By the time we arrived it was lunch time so we stopped at the #2 Restaurant as listed on Trip Advisor - Hays County BBQ. Can't remember what #2 was - but BBQ sounded much better. If you are ever in this area - GO! This was the best brisket I've ever had in my life. It was nice thick cuts and it was the most perfectly moist and tender cut of meat I've ever had. The flavor was wonderful. The BBQ sauce they had was a vinegar mustard with a bit of heat. I really liked it but Dean is not a BBQ sauce type of guy.
If you do go here try to stay away from the noon hour. We held up the line a bit and it was LONG when we left. I felt bad. If you want sides (potato salad, cole slaw) they are in various sized containers in coolers right near the counters. There are trays - so pick up the sides before you get to the counter and know what you want. They do not sell plates of food, it's a pick and go. They have linked sausages which I wish we would have tried and the brisket. They sale the brisket by 1/4, 1/2 and 1 pound on thick paper if you are eating there. We got 1/4 # each, but wish we would have ordered the pound. Even if we couldn't eat it all we would have had extras for tonight. It was that good! I forgot to take a picture of the building - which set back away from the frontage road along I35.
After lunch we found the Laundromat and 2 hours later we were ready to explore. We drove around San Marcos which is home to Texas State University. They have a very impressive campus with beautiful buildings. I took this picture to share but it's not the best. It's hard to snap pictures as you drive by. All of their buildings had this same architectural theme and color.
San Marcos is also the County Seat for Hays County. Again this picture of the courthouse is not very good. They really have some beautiful courthouse architecture here in Texas. The tents were set up to sell tickets to the Wine & Wassill walk some group was holding in the near future. They were starting to take things down as they had sold out - at $25 a ticket. We noticed the flyer at the LBJ Museum when we stopped.
The last stop we made before heading home was at the Lyndon B. Johnson Museum, which was absolutely fascinating. I did not realize how much Johnson accomplished in his tenure as President. In fact we are headed to Johnson City tomorrow to visit two LBJ National Historical Parks. One incudes the "Texas White House" on LBJ's ranch where numerous events were held during his Presidency, and the other is the historic Johnson City which was founded by family members. The information in the museum today really made me want to know more about Johnson. I will include more about this after we visit the parks Saturday.
On our way back to Bentley this afternoon it was warm enough to get out and get close to the Guadalupe River that runs along the edge of the campground. Here are a few pictures of the area we stopped.
Saturday's temperatures are supposed to be in the mid-50's and Sunday will hit 60 so we are looking forward to that. There was little wind today so it was pretty comfortable outside.
As we returned to the campground, we stopped to pay for one more night. We asked the receptionist about things to do in and around New Braunfels. She suggested that we visit Wurstfest in downtown New Braunfels and that we wait until Sunday when it is mostly locals and not as crowded. She told us that Friday and Saturday nights are not only pretty crowded, but tend to be quite loud as it brings in lots of young people from surrounding areas. Wurstfest as you might guess is an event to celebrate the German heritage in the area and features numerous musical groups playing throughout each day's and evening's events.
I need to check the time Willie is singing at Gruene Hall. If we can get close enough to walk through the shops again I might at least get to hear him on Sunday. Since the weather is supposed to be so nice, they might even open the building up where you could get a glimpse of him too. The windows have large boards that can be propped open to provide good airflow. You never know!! Maybe we can visit Wurstfest before or after. (Not sure Dean will go for this plan of trying to hear Willie - but I have high hopes.)
Saturday we have a full day planned. Besides visiting the LBJ Parks, we plan to visit Fredericksberg's Trade Days which happens to be this weekend, as well as a trip into Fredericksberg, Luckenbach, TX and possibly a drive through Waverly.
We missed our Friday morning breakfast out so we are doing that tomorrow morning. I've scoped out a place but we still need to find somewhere for lunch today. Finding good food is part of the experience of visiting new places.
Be back soon!