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Lola's Mexican Cafe

Lyrics from “Damn Yankees” start wafting through my head as we drive up to Lola’s – whatever Lola wants, Lola gets.   And we’re expecting, from reviews I’ve read and people we’ve talked to at Abilene State Park that that’s definitely going to be the case.  There are rules at Lola’s.  Men serve women. They have to wipe up tables if they’re sticky, get (find, if you’re not local) the ice-tea or water, and wander out into the kitchen to face Lola and place their order.  Dick follows the rules and orders the daily chicken enchilada special for two.  Lola says, No.  Dick says, isn’t that the daily special and Lola says, I’m out of it. Dick asks if we can have a cheese enchilada and she says, okay. She gives him chips and salsa to bring back to the table. It’s not a place for the timid or anybody without a sense of humor .  We had fun.  The Navaho fry-bread was delicious and we dripped honey all over our enchiladas.

We’ve never visited a zoo on our RV travels, but we’re staying an extra day to eat, fool around and go to Saturday night Mass -so we check it out.  It was a great experience, other than my witnessing the feeding of an alligator, which for some reason I thought would be sanitized for the impressionable mind, but wound up with a really prolonged, grisly eating of a white rabbit.  The rest of the zoo was really enjoyable.

Abilene Zoo Giraffes

And Mass was another wonderful experience.  We were such obvious outsiders in the church, but both of us got a hug from the priest on the way out that we’ll not soon forget.

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Frontier Texas

Today is a more high-tech version of this area’s history –  we drive to Abilene and the Frontier Texas Museum. Through audio-visual presentations, we meet life-sized, hologram guides, who tell us their stories and the history of this area unfolds through their eyes.  I love learning about an historical period with this kind of personal perspective.  It all culminates in a theatre-in-the-round film presentation, where stories are woven together, complete with a violent thunderstorm, buffalo stampede, and Indian attack.

An afternoon spent with stories of ranchers and cattle makes us hungry for steak – so we head for Perrini’s Steak House, which we’ve read is famous in food channels, both off and on TV.  It’s a really casual, ranch-style restaurant, and we’re happy to get in early on a Friday night.  Loved the experience, not the best steak we’ll have on this trip, though.  Again, showing my hand in being behind on this blog!

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Abilene State Park

Out first great Texas State Park!  We have a campsite with lots of room for cooking hot dogs over an open fire, when we aren’t checking out gourmet or diners/dives restaurants – and we have deer and wild boar for neighbors. Later on, at another campground, I’m going to learn that the wild boar are big trouble here  in Texas (hint, hint, I’m behind on the blog) but for now I’m pretty excited when I wake up and look out my back bedroom window and see these strange shapes moving in the bush right behind me.  Later, they move up to the campsite next to us.  Deer cross our path all the time .

Wild Boar Neighbors

Buffalo Gap Historic Village

Our first excursion out of the park is to nearby Buffalo Gap Historic Village.  It covers three time periods in this area’s history, and an audio wand gives us a whole lot of insight into each one, as we walk through the houses and buildings that represent each era. We couldn’t possibly listen to all the available information in one afternoon, but we come close. It was fun to compare what we’d listened to afterwards – did you listen to the hymns in the chapel, did you hear about how they treated diseases, how about that dangerous railroad travel, do you know how many bugs might bite you in a log cabin, and maybe, as a most interesting ending- what’s the definition of a flapper – we hadn’t heard of  this one – girls with unbuckled galoshes, which would flap.

With all of the hardships people here endured fresh in our minds, we head back to our campsite and cook our dinner over an open fire.  Haha, then head inside to check our email, watch a little TV news, and sink into our comfy beds, with air-conditioning, or heat at our fingertips. The only way we’re roughing it is that our Navion is smaller than any cabin we’ve been in.  I fall asleep, full of admiration for all the people whose stories I heard today.

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