We stayed off the major highways, preferring to visit small towns and avoid large cities. Wichita Falls was the largest city we drove through. It was Kathy's first visit to Larry McMurtry's mega used-book store in Archer City. We each bought a book. Mine was The Beginning of the West, 1540-1854 by Louise Barry, abstracts of journeys made by the early explorers to the southern midwest. Kathy chose a mystery to read during the trip. We ate open-pit BBQ at the two top-rated restaurants in Texas: The Hard Eight in Stephenville and Coopers in Mason. Of the two, we preferred Coopers. I'm not sure how many little antique stores we stopped at. A bunch. The store I enjoyed most was an everything store called Evridges in Mason. It stretched across one whole side of the town square. They displayed a high-dollar black modern cookstove designed to look like an antique wood stove. For many dollars more, one could take home a matching black refrigerator. Selected trip pictures:
As always, you can click the photos to get a larger view.
Kathy and I really enjoyed the visit with my old buddy. He and his wife live in Floresville, TX. I last saw him over 40 years ago when he left the 'ice' on a plane. I left a couple of months later. He hadn't changed much, just gotten a bit older. We were part of the 'winter-over' contingent in Antarctica that year.
I don't always make hash out of left over baked potatoes. This is a picture of my Baked Potato Salad. It's quick and easy, baked potato, kosher dill pickle, a bit of onion, white or green, all chopped, mixed with a heaping tablespoon of Miracle Whip Salad Dressing and a bit of yellow mustard. Since I have a slight fresh-onion allergy and I'd already met my quota for the month, this time I used onion powder instead. After mixing, let set for a couple of hours to meld.