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Simple Pleasures

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Simple pleasures are the best.
Friday, the luckiest girl in Flour Bluff wanted to run away and get some lunch down the road, somewhere. We decide to take the back route to Pop’s, at Lamar TX, on the Lamar Peninsula.

Here, on the Gulf coast, we have what is called the “sea breeze front”, air moving ashore from the Gulf of Mexico in the morning. Thunderstorms usually form a few miles inland, so we took our time getting started, giving the rain time to move further away.

To get to Pop’s Tavern, we ride around the bay and catch state roads that by-pass the coastal towns north of Corpus Christi. We can see the bridge over Copano (COE-pa-no) Bay just before we get to SH-35

We cross that bridge when we come to it and ride up under clouds blown off the top of a rainstorm many miles to the west (now you know why the seabreeze front was mentioned). We had it made in the shade, as the song goes.

We arrived at Pop’s place and park in the motorcycle parking lot. There are still overhead doors inside from its “ice house” days but now Pop’s is air conditioned, another bit of traditional Texas gone with time and the tide.

I thought I was smiling.

III thought I was smiling in this picture.

The menu at Pop’s has expanded over the years, and the dozens of trophy heads and stuffed animals, disappeared, but it is still one of the friendliest places imaginable. The great philosopher, Charlie Daniels, noted that, “People in Texas sure do make you feel at home”.

Having finished an excellent repast, we decided to swing by the Big Tree, while we’re in the neighborhood. We get there by riding down this road:

The Big Tree has its own spot reserved and fenced off from those who might want to immortalize their love for their squeeze du jour with a knife or spray paint can.

The Big Tree isn’t the oldest tree in Texas, or the largest, but it’s over 1000 years old, predating the Spanish invasion, and a survivor of the Federal bombardment of Lamar, during the War Between the States.

There are other attractions to be found even by the most casual of observers.

Then , it was time for pie.

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Written by fiddle mike

August 17, 2008 at 4:26 pm

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  1. that’s so sweet,love the sunflower!


    August 17, 2008 at 6:23 pm

  2. I like that tree. All those tress in fact.

    It looks like you had a nice day.



    August 17, 2008 at 6:32 pm

  3. Love the story that went along with the pictures. Oh, I love that tree! Holy moly that looks like a good climbing tree and who wouldn’t love the history that this tree has seen. Thanks for sharing this story.


    August 17, 2008 at 6:55 pm

  4. i love the pictures, really sets the mood for the story. makes me feel like i was there.

    great post!


    August 17, 2008 at 11:06 pm

  5. We have an old native saying. Roughly translated, it goes ‘How many lakes has the wanderer seen… How many wanderers have the lake seen!’ That tree must have seen quite a lot. There is nothing like the simple pleasures of life. Thanks, Mike 🙂


    August 18, 2008 at 7:13 am

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