2015 Texas Trek travel blog

Today's Route

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We're going to miss the Luling Thump next weekend

One of the whimsically decorated oil jacks in Luling

Luling watermelon water tower from the 2011 Triangle Tour

Leaving Luling

Giant roadside chicken


Gonzalez flag

Big oil jacks pumping from the Eagle Ford formation

Winnie at the Goliad State Park & Historic Site campground

Mission Espiritu Sancto at the Goliad State Park

Giant ant holes with big ants we're paced around the Mission grounds







Sunset at Mission Espiritu Sancto

Before leaving this morning, a big tow truck showed up at the campground to pick up the coach that took out the electric and water last night. Apparently the guy ran over the pedestal and then backed up to run over it again. I think the second trip punctured his radiator. The truck was there to take the rig for repairs, but for some reason after trying to hook up, the tow truck driver gave up and left the coach in the driveway. I'm not sure what happened. The park management offered to give us a free night if we pass through the area again. Hopefully we'll have an opportunity to take them up on the offer.

Our route from Johnson City today took us through the area that was ravaged the worst by the Memorial Day flooding in southeast Texas. We passed through Blanco, just south of Wimberly where 12 people died, and stopped at San Marcos at the Walmart to pick up some prescriptions. From what we could see where bridges crossed the rivers in the area there was widespread flooding. In many places along the road, people's belongings that had gotten wet were piled along the roadside waiting to be picked up for disposal.

After taking about an hour to pick up the prescription because of some snafu, we were on our way again. We drove through Luling, TX. I passed through Luling on the Great Triangle Tour in 2011. It was once known as “the toughest town in Texas”. It's an oil town with many crazily decorated oil jacks lining the railroad that runs through the middle of town. It's also famous for BBQ and watermelons. There is a water tower painted like a watermelon and on the last weekend in June they hold the Watermelon Thump. It includes food and fun things like seed spitting and water melon eating contests. We'll just miss it this year.

We also passed through Gonzalez, the "Come and Take It" town. It holds a unique place in Texas history as the site of the firing of the first shot for Texas independence, kind of like the Concord of Texas. On October 2, 1835, eighteen townsmen stood on the bank of the Guadalupe River and refused to give up their small cannon to the Mexican Army. A flag was fashioned showing a black replica of the cannon on a white background with words that would echo through the years, “Come and Take it.” You see it displayed these days by people who defend the 2nd Amendment right to bear arms.

We finished the day at Goliad State Park and Historic Site. After setting up, I spent some time photographing the Mission Espiritu Sancto located at the State Park. It's quite picturesque. It was established in 1749 and served as a Franciscan mission until 1830 when it was abandoned. During the Great Depression, the CCC work crews restored the mission between 1935 and 1941. During the 1970s, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department rehabilitated the chapel and built exhibits in the restored granary that serves as a museum. Unfortunately the museum is closed until July for renovations so we won't be going through the museum. We'll be here for a couple of days exploring Texas history in and around town. Stay tuned.

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