most days i can avoid houston without even trying. but when i go to galveston, it requires a bit of effort. one might think it shouldn't be that hard, but houston is a vast sprawling city. there are reports that it has reached the edge of dallas, but there are also reports that dallas has sprawled to the edge of houston, so we can't be sure. currently it is possible to get around houston by heading south.
along the way was a wildlife refuge.
it looked interesting and the website says it has the highest numbers of birds in april and may.
along the way i stopped and ate at a little barbecue place in eagle lake. it looked pretty serious from the road, so i pulled in.
they had tons of wood stacked up and ready for smoking.
here's a shot while waiting in line.
i had plenty of time. that fellow right in front of me seemed to speak a rare dialect of gibberish. it was like he was mixing a cajun accent, an alabama accent, and a large amount of alcohol to generate his words. the clerks had a heck of a time understanding him. even better, he had a $20 bill, and ordered the food by cost, not weight. (fractions! what are you going to do with fractions! you cant go to the moon with fractions!) so he wanted $10 of sausage, $10 of brisket, and $5 of potato salad. turns out fractions weren't his only mathematical weak spot, he also couldnt add. the kid at the counter explained that that added up to $25, not $20. the guy says, "oh sh!t!" (this was his only comprehensible utterance) and ran outside, returning with another $5.
here i am waiting while they get him exactly $10 work of sausage...
i ordered a two-meat plate with potato salad and cole slaw.
the difference between "for here" or "to go" at this place was not clear to me, but they asked, and i told them "for here." i think it became "for here" the instant i opened the box on the premises.
sadly, the food sucked. i was starving, and still didnt care for it. the sauce they use wrecked it for me, it was too tomato-y. more like gravy for pasta than sauce for bbq. the brisket was good, fairly lean, but the sausage was not that good, and the cole slaw was too bland. i was disappointed, and i can't remember the last time i had lousy bbq in texas. i ate some, and then hopped on the road, eager to get to the nature preserve before it got any hotter. (it was 92 when i was sitting outside eating this. i think it got up to 97 that day. freakin rounder riding, i tell ya!)