Location: Stephen F. Austin State Park San Felipe, TX
After we left La Grange, we went down the road to Stephen F. Austin State Park, and this time we were on the Brazos River. The original 300 settlers of Texas (“Old 300”) started at San Felipe, TX, so when we went from the Colorado to the Brazos Rivers, we were in the area where Texas was born. Over the years as the immigrants arrived by boat, the two rivers were frequently confused, and Fort Bend was founded in its current location when settlers mistook the mouth of the Brazos for the Colorado River: https://www.sugarlandtx.gov/1695/History-of-Fort-Bend-County
I still get tired easily, and we never have liked to drive more than a few hours anyway – and Waco fit the bill at 196 miles. Coming through College Station on Highway 6, we ran into a vicious thunderstorm. I was glad to stop when we did.
When we went to Rosenburg, we passed through Richmond and saw the Fort Bend Museum. We went back and made a day out of it, starting at the Sandy McGees and continuing the search for the best cheeseburger.
Our bucket list – and it’s long – has had the Presidential libraries on it for a while. We have seen Clinton’s library together, and we wanted to see the G.H.W. Bush Presidential Library Center in College Station while we were in Livingston. The detour got in the way a little bit, but we thought we might get a weekend off before treatments started. However, since College Station is 90 minutes away, we had to find a way to take care of Sugar, Izzy, and little Pepper.
Heather and Jose wanted to join us for lunch, so we met at the Ol’ Rail Road Cafe in Rosenburg. I had seen the Rosenburg Railroad Museum on the map, and since ElizaBeth and I are always early wherever we go, we swung by there before lunch.
I’m a firm believer that “wanting what you have” is the key to happiness, and if 2019 wasn’t the Christmas we planned, we had each other and that’s most important of all. Julia and Stephanie came down from north Texas and we went to Rain Forest Cafe, and we met Heather and Jose in Rosenburg at the Ol’ Rail Road Cafe.