Caves and BBQ

The one benefit of having this 300 word challenge is keeping up with travel events.  Now, I’m sitting down and feel like I’m behind because there are a few cities to write about.  


San Antonio, Lockhart & Houston were all friend recommendations for road tripping through Texas.  All of these places were East of Austin & south rather than heading towards Detroit. Still with the attitude of “when am I going to do this again,” I went to see them.  Since I haven’t been to Kartchner Cavern, didn’t drive to see Carlsbad & found out that Mammoth is too far out of the way, I wanted to see a cave somewhere on this trip.  Cave without a Name was on the way towards San Antonio, so that was the planned stop.  It was a cold, rainy day, which doesn’t matter when you are 100 feet below ground. It was a cool stop.  I learned there’s another famous cave in Arkansas, so I may stop there as well. 

 The Cave without a Name 

The Cave without a Name 

San Antonio is known for its Riverwalk.  And everyone says The Alamo is overrated.  I was able to find a historic hotel for a decent price, right in the touristy part of town so I stopped in Austin for dinner & took a self-tour around The Alamo first thing in the morning. It’s as underwhelming as you expect.  Maybe if I took a guided tour it’d be more interested but, we all make choiced.

The next day was Lockhart, Schulenberg & sleeping in San Antonio.  Angela kept saying, “Kemah” when I said I was going to Houston for Johnson Space Center, so I booked a Boardwalk room in Kemah instead.  I actually got to see the coast, which I didn’t think would happen on this trip.

 Kemah, TX waterfront 

Kemah, TX waterfront 

Andrew put the fear of g-d in me about going to Lockhart for BBQ.  Lockhart is THE barbecue capital of Texas, hands down. I left early & only had a 90 minute drive.  He also said you need to eat at the four different BBQ places, which I couldn’t do, but I did stop into three. The first one I went into, Black’s had barely opened.  I had a little plate of turkey, beef & pork. I know brisket & ribs are the BBQ staples but for whatever reason, I was itching for smoked turkey. Lockhart is the place to get it.  Black’s was cool because they had a bunch of sides along with amazing BBQ. It was a nice plate.

 Black’s BBQ since 1932

Black’s BBQ since 1932

After that, I stopped at Smitty’s Market.  This was the place where I got one of the single best bites of food I’ve ever eaten in my lift.  Again, I went for some smoked turkey, ordered a pork chop (rather than ribs) and asked about the prime rib.  The pit master said that the piece on the table was the last piece of prime rib they had that day. You tell me in a small town known for BBQ that I’m looking at the last of the day, that’s lunch (or lunch pt. 2) and that prime rib was A M A Z I N G.  No kidding, it genuinely was one of the best things I’ve ever eaten in my entire life! It was incredible.

 I’m glad I took a photo of that prime rib. It’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever eaten.

I’m glad I took a photo of that prime rib. It’s one of the most amazing things I’ve ever eaten.

I stopped at Kreuz Market on the way out of town and put some BBQ in my cooler for dinner.  This was where I tried the homemade sausage, tasted their prime rib, one pork rib & more smoked turkey.  Even room temperature a few hours later, with the rest of Smitty’s Prime Rib, that was an amazing, amazing food day!  

I’ll write about Schulenberg & Houston tomorrow.