The first might have been my favorite only because I thought the town was so cute. Here are some pictures of downtown Smithville, Texas:
And here is Smithville's claim to fame: a monument to the same scale as the largest gingerbread cookie ever made. Said cookie was made in this town (otherwise, this might be Austin-weird!).
The next attraction we visited was a Cinderella pumpkin carriage, sitting outside a... junk car lot? Poor princessmobile. Death shows no favoritism...
This one completely creeps me out! A golden chariot and horses about to wage war on me.
And "Mount Rush Hour", so nicknamed because it sits alongside a Houston highway. What's odd about it is that it includes famous American heroes alongside famous Texan heroes :)
barely caught this one!
The Houston skyline was pretty neat. Herein lies the end of the fun roadside nonsense.
this is how texans do highways.
Because Smokey wasn't too keen on car-riding, she snuggled with me most of the time.
We enjoyed lovely Texas landscapes and scenery all the way...
...to Galveston! Galveston was around three and a half or four hours away from Austin, and is an island in the Gulf of Mexico off the south-east coast of Houston. It's a quaint little place! There was a really neat historic district called "Strand" where we walked and ate.
this is the "Moody Mansion"
We had lunch at a mediterranean cafe, and Smokey joined like a sweet little lady. She even let a very young boy run up and touch her on the nose-- without reacting! What a good girl! We might not have noticed even if she freaked because the food was sooo yummy.
And the entire reason for the trip: to tour my home for six upcoming weeks. It's not a "home" per se, but it's the hospital and unit where I will be catching babies this spring. I really, really enjoyed the midwife with whom I spoke and the staff that I met, and I think it's going to be a great fit!
Fingers crossed for an equally good fit wherever I rent a room!