Let's Play Hooky ~ April 16, 2013
What better way to celebrate having survived Tax Day 2013 then a beautiful run to Brenham, TX to visit and tour the Blue Bell Creamery. Again, these events are just starting way too early. For being a hooky day, why do we have to get up so early? Then don't forget to factor in the rush hour traffic from all those weekday commuters.
The first group meet early 7:15 am at the Starbucks on Culebra and 1604. The group consisted of the most awesome early risers, Grand PooBah and First Lady, Jeff and Lori, plus Rudy, Baja, and Sak and Bebe, and Charles and Sarah. After grabbing a cup of joe, the group led by Jeff made there way to the second stop at the Shell Travel Center located at IH 10 and FM 1516. Here we were to meet up with Joyce and Bob, but due to circumstances beyond our control, the pair were unable to join us. The group made a quick stop to refresh and headed down IH 10 towards Luling.
As fortune would have it, Wicho entered IH 10 from SH 46 at Seguin, and just as I was entering the highway, Jeff and company were traveling on by. I joined the caravan until the next stop at the one of the original Buc-ee's on IH 10 in Luling. Since this was a long trip, we made sure to have several stops for the comfort and convenience of all the travelers.
From Buc-ee's we made the trek down IH 10 to Sealy, our next stop. We exited on SH 36 and stopped at the McDonald's. We were hoping to meet some of the members from the Houston smart Club, but as fate had it, our wires must have been crossed as we did not find each other.
It was 11 am and we still had a way to go and hunger was setting in. We took a vote and decided to stop at The Hill in Bellville for the most delicious burger in the region. The place had plenty of old memorabilia and had in and outdoor seating accommodations. Since it was a cool overcast day, we decided to enjoy our burgers in the great outdoors. So we sat on the edge of SH 36 across from the saddle repair shop and enjoyed our food and beverages. As we left town we were able to view the newly erected bust of Sam as he is facing and looking to Austin. The bad part of this route besides the length, was all the darn construction. There are two seasons in Texas, construction and more construction. Despite the construction trying to slow our convoy down, we made it to the Blue Bell Creamery before 1 pm.
We had a nice short break to look around and then purchased our tickets for the 1 pm tour. It takes 60,000 cows to produce enough milk for one production day at Brenham! That is just phenomenal! They clean that joint twice, once after production has ceased for the day and again before it begins. It is one clean, busy place. We snaked around on the enclosed catwalks and our tour guide was just super. However, the best part of the tour was the ice cream at the end. We had our choice of one of the 16 flavors available for that day. If you did not have enough, then there was the retail counter where you can purchase a dish for a dollar.
Everyone at Blue Bell eats as much ice cream as they want and they sell the rest!
We had some time to visit the gift shop for all of us that are interested in memorabilia. And, to our surprise, we met James Brown, a AMSO member from College Station who drove his smart, munchkin down to join us. He is a super neat guy and quite the story teller. We all enjoyed viewing his immaculate smart. What a car!
After the tour, Charles and Sarah parted ways as they wished to explore the more historical regions of Brenham. The rest of us headed to US 290 and took a different way back towards IH 10 through La Grange. The roads were twisty and winding with lots of neat shops, wild flowers and cows along the way.
We again, stopped at Buc-ee's in Luling as our farewell point. And were back at our respective ranches by around 6 pm. It was a long, wonderful day full of excitement and fun. Just another awesome AMSO event, and I don't believe any of us got in trouble from our bosses for playing hooky!
Wicho, the unofficial, official reporter for the most awesome AMSO