Saturday, October 14, 2017
Anytime I drive out of or into the Lone Star State I try to stop at one of the Texas Travel Information Centers at the border where I load up on pamphlets and unload my bladder. Yesterday, as I was heading back from some business in Oklahoma, I noticed much more than the usual amount of cars joining me along I-35.
The dark red decor of many of the cars, as well as the cooler weather, reminded me what time of year it is and that this weekend is the annual Texas/OU game at the State Fair. I was unprepared to celebrate but the folks at the Travel Info Center in Gaineville were ready to go. And a lot of people joined them, like the Frank Buck Zoo:
They even brought one of their friendliest snakes to greet the visitors. I didn't catch his name so I mentally named him Snakesy McSnakes-a-lot. I also never got clarification on whether he was rooting for Texas or OU but he probably didn't want to be controversial so I guess we'll never know.
Rumpy’s Little German Bakery & Deli was also one of the many other booths there and were handing out some of their tasty treats. Nothing gets a crowd to your table like some good grub. It got enough of my attention that I'll definitely stop there the next time I'm in Gainesville. There was also a lot going on outside, including a mini-car show:
There were plenty of nice specimens on display, some with their engines exposed, some not, and some with owners that would be more than happy to pop the hood for any interested gear head travelers. The one that caught my eye was this was this sweet little '66 Mustang:
Notice the tray on the driver's side window with the prop Whataburger meal? It's a great little touch that reminds people what side of the Red River they're on.
It was an interesting surprise to see such a brouhaha at one of my regular travel stops but it was time to hit the road. You never know what you'll find along the way. Enjoy the game!