Saturday, October 20, 2012

Lunching, Luckenbach, and Leaving

I've decided to cram all these last bits on Texas (lunching, Luckenbach, and leaving) into one post because, hello alliteration! It always makes for a good post, alliteration does. 
The Peach Tree
If one should ever find oneself in Fredericksburg, Texas, one should most definitely go to The Peach Tree for lunch. 
Dining at The Peach Tree
What a cute restaurant and gift shop! I guess the owner has a few cookbooks out and it's quite the popular little eatery. 
 
Pimento & cheese sandwich with avacado soup
I had a pimento cheese half sandwich with a cup of cold avocado soup. It was pretty wonderful, check out more food (and wonderful food pictures) from our lunch at The Peach Tree here on Jan's blog. Seriously, go look. Now.
NOW! Her photos are gorgeous, even of crossaint sandwiches. 
Hondo's in Fredericksburg 
One day we also hit up Hondo's, which we could smell from down the street, and so how could we not? 
Hondo's for lunch 
I did something really weird for me, I ordered vegetarian. In Texas. On vacation.
{Cue Twilight Zone music.}
I ordered vegetarian. Ask the other girls if you don't believe me. 
In hindsight, I should have gone for one of the burgers or BBQ meals the other girls had, but for some reason my mouth opened and I requested the portobello mushroom burger--which was good, but vegetarian. In. Texas. 
Portabello mushroom burger 
With our trip coming to a close we had one last outing, we were headed to the famous Luckenbach dance hall. But first, Jan, Edie, and I did a little boot photoshoot. To boot!
Cowgirl boot photoshoot
As well as a photo shoot of ourselves... this shot took a lot of planning, people. Three DSLR cameras, propped up on a staircase. One with a remote shutter that went haywire, two with timers so we all had to run and pose.
Texas Lutheran Ladies 
Of course, we also did the required "circle of shoes" (or in this case, boots) shot. 

Cowgirl Boots! 
Finally, our last night in Texas, it was time to head off to Luckenbach (Pop. 3) which is about 13 miles from Fredericksburg. This place is famous, you know. Movies have been filmed here. Seriously.
Luckenbach at night 
Luckenbach is more of a ghost town, but the dance hall is still quite the attraction. I think some of us were expecting a packed room of line dancing young folk like they have here at the Grizzly Rose or Toby Keith's. Instead, we found classic Texas...
Singer who looks like Molly Shannon 
The cutest older couples and a few younger couples drifted skillfully around the dance floor. They were really good at their country-style waltzing and fox-trotting, let me tell you. 
Dancers at Luckenbach 
We didn't dance!
It was still fun, though, we all ordered Lime-a-Rita's and hung out watching the dancers while a singer who resembled Molly Shannon crooned on stage. 
Luggage! 
What can I say? It was all over way too quickly!
All of a sudden it was Saturday morning and Edie & Gretchen left at the crack of dawn (or maybe even earlier?), then Lauren and Adriane headed out back to Illinois and Missouri. Lastly, it was our turn to leave, Jan, Kellee and I packed up the mini {van not cooper} and headed to San Antoinio. 
A Texas Downpour
There was a downpour on our way to the airport, but we had plenty of time for that sort of business. In fact, we even had enough time to stop by the Alamo when we got to San Antonio. 
Alamo 
So now I can say I've done that. The Alamo. 
THE Alamo 
It was pretty, despite the rain. 
Alamo Tree 
I sort of teased Jan & Kellee for how silly they looked with shopping bags over their heads...
Jan & Kellee at the Alamo 
But then when we got back to the car they both looked great and my hair was a flattened, wet mess. Sorry girls, joke was on me, I guess.
Looking ridiculous at the Alamo 
Back to sunny Colorado!
Magnificent clouds 
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At Denver International Airport I was greeted by my favorite people in the entire world. It was wonderful to be home and see my Pies again {although I won't lie, there were tantrums later that night that made me wish I was back in Texas for just one more day}.
Coming home! 
I was prepared to give my husband a break for the messy, chaotic home I was sure to come home to. But it turns out that I might just have to take off more often! I came home to a perfectly clean house, and Justin cooked a wonderful dinner. 
Roasted brussel sprouts 
Roasted brussel sprouts with aioli and chicken paprikash. 
It was so sweet and such a wonderful homecoming dinner!
It's true what they say, a little distance makes the heart grow fonder.
We don't spend much time apart, but when we do, it seems it can be good for a marriage. 
My cute vintage luggage!

So thankful to these girls for including me in such an amazing, memorable trip.

It was perfect and I will never forget it!


3 comments:

  1. Lovely recap, Heather. And how sweet of your husband to clean and cook for you! Mine does the same thing, and everyone gushes so much when I get home that all the missing them is almost worth it. :) Those roasted brussels sprouts look delish.

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    1. I know what you mean! Like I said, distance makes the heart grow fonder. It was hard to be away from them, but made for such a sweet reunion. :)

      Thanks for the kind comment, Gretchen!

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  2. Molly Shannon-that's who the woman reminded me of at the dance hall too.Thank you!
    Your posts have all been so great. Thanks for taking me down memory lane once again. (Only with your really lovely professional photos too)

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