Laundry, Barbecue and What-not...

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
Trip End May 04, 2013

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Friday, January 18, 2013

On Thursday we got our chores done.  After doing laundry at a nice, quiet spot, we headed out to get some barbecue.  We had met a man at a Texas campground, who recommended The Salt Lick in Austin.  He had gone to college with the owner and recommended it highly.  After a rather circuitous route, we found it, well hidden behind a large winery.  We had passed by it once.  The parking lot, no kidding, was huge, with spaces for at least a hundred cars.

Inside we found picnic tables well attended by several guests, even though it was just after noon.  We were met by a congenial young guy, Matt, who gave us a minor tour of the cooking area and released us to find a table.  To our good fortune, we picked a table in his area.  He explained the types of barbecue that they had to offer, including a relatively new species, turkey.  I chose a combination beef plate and Lynn opted for the turkey.  

In no time, Matt appeared with our plates.  Mine included a dry barbecue, a marbled beef variety and some "burnt ends." These are pieces  of the outer portion of the beef and are more flavorful, but, I found, a bit "chewy."  The plate included  coleslaw made without mayonnaise, but with a lighter dressing on the vinegar side in taste.  A new variety of potato salad was also included.  It was made of two textures of potato, a bit of barbecue sauce of their making and onions marinated in pickle juice.  Both salads were very tasty.  The meat, although a bit dry, was also very good.  They included bread and a plate of dill pickles.  Portions were very large, so we had enough for "re-runs" this eve

Then we hit our usual Costco and "W" stores for supplies.  Lynn drove home, giving me a chance to look around a bit and her to get some big city driving practice.  I'll admit that I did overeat, which is unusual for me.  The food must have been better tasting than I thought. ;o)

This morning, Friday, we took about a two mile hike in the park near our site, down to the lower McKinney Falls on the river.  We met and visited with a few locals and learned a bit more about the area.

We're now in the process of planning our route down the Gulf side of Florida.  We have a spot for the first of February, near Pensacola.  Then we have another seven hundred miles or so to get to the Everglades Campground near Miami.  We'll meet Joe, our son, and Mel, our semi-daughter there.  

The rest of the evening passed smoothly as the temperature cooled from the mid-sixties to the fifties as I write this.  No more freezing temperatures now, so far.  It's nice to keep the water hooked up and quieter without the sound of the pump.

Tomorrow we'll head into Austin to seek out a Farmers Market and a Flea Market or two.  With so little storage space, the temptation-to-buy level is low, but you just never know what might catch our eye.  More later...
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Mike Noble on

Sounds like a really great meal and the advice of others for where to go seems to always work out. Your picture of the food could be used in one of their ads.Flea Market...hey, there is always room for more "things" though in my case, I usually buy for ebay resale. That trip down the gulf coast is a good one. Time marches on here and slowly, hopefully heading towards a good spring like last year.

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