Stephen F. Austin State Park

After our Airbnb in College Station, we were really ready to get back in the Bounder. We left with a clean house ready to hit the road. Both of us are big ice cream lovers, so we obviously visited the Blue Bell factory in Brenham, TX on our way to our next stop – Stephen F Austin State Park.

Blue Bell Ice Cream Parlor - detour on the way to Stephen F Austin

We luckily hit Blue Bell on a slow day so we had all of the space and time we wanted. The employee working the observation deck (no pictures allowed at the deck) was super nice. He answered all of our questions and gave us a good idea of what it would be like to live and work in Brenham, TX. The observation deck was awesome, but the ice cream was even better. Their scoops were only $1 and they had several flavors only available at the factory. We took full advantage of this!

Blue Bell Ice Cream Parlor
One of the several flavors you can only get in an ice cream parlor

After our ice cream stop, we drove to our campground. All of the sites at Stephen F. Austin were pull through and full hookup which was something we haven’t seen yet, but it was really nice. Our first night there we went in to town to explore and hit up the local grocery store. We loved the downtown area.

Downtown Sealy, TX - home of Stephen F Austin State Park
Sealy, TX – population 6,019

We had an issue with the brakes on our Jeep so we luckily found a place within biking distance that could take a look. Austin dropped the Jeep off and actually ran back to the campground one morning. When it was fixed, we biked over to pick up the Jeep and then drove downtown to check out the local saloon. We had a great time talking with locals and learning more about the area. If you are ever at Stephen F. Austin, make sure to visit Saddleback Saloon!

Saddleback Saloon in Sealy, TX - great watering hole near Stephen F Austin

Another thing we loved about this campground was the fireflies that came out each night! They put on an impressive show for sure. On that Saturday there was a trail race through the campground (this explains why it was completely sold out). It made for a fun atmosphere even though we didn’t run the race. Instead, we pulled out the smoker. We made ribs and sausage and both were amazing!

The friends we met up with in St. Augustine told us about the Viet-Cajun style of cooking in Houston that they saw on a show – Ugly Delicious. We watched the show and it left us wanting to try this style of cooking. So, we left the campground and ventured into Houston.

Viet Cajun Crawfish
Viet-Cajun style crawfish – delicious, but hard to beat the real thing

Luckily the place we wanted to try (Crawfish and Noodles) was on our side of Houston because the traffic was crazy!! We spent all of our time in Chinatown and had Viet-Cajun food and foot massages. Somehow these foot (more like full body) massages left our backs sore!! No complaints here though! Of course, we couldn’t leave the area without Austin trying Vietnamese ice cream. I didn’t get any, but he said it was super interesting!

Austin posing with the Insta-worthy backdrop

After visiting the Vietnamese shopping area we went to a bike shop and I got a new road bike! I bought the one I currently have for the color alone – it is terribly uncomfortable. I am hoping to be able to do some longer rides with Austin so I needed something more practical. Luckily, I found it here!

On our way out of town we stopped for Mexican. Usually I get the typical burrito or quesadilla, but here they had something I had never seen on a menu and decided to try. I ordered the stuff avocado and I am SO glad I did! It was amazing! I had no idea what to expect, but it was great!

Our first several days in Texas are definitely not disappointing. We can’t wait to see what else this state has in store!

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