Geoff and I took a lovely trip to Gonzales, Texas this weekend (60 miles due south from Austin on Highway 183); he was acting in a movie and I was happily reconnecting with nature after becoming a complete workaholic recluse.
Acting is something that Geoff has gotten into recently (he acted in two movies last year) and disconnecting with reality and working on the couch is my current hobby. Needless to say, the short trip was advantageous for both of us (though I had a mini-meltdown when I realized that the SOLE coffee shop in Gonzales closed down over two years ago).
Gonzales, like similar old towns dotted over the state of Texas, is small and quaint. A sign proclaiming, “Pocketknives are IN! Pick up yours today!” greeted us as we drove in. Like rings on a tree, you can see the decades of wear on the semi-deserted downtown. On the smallest ring, you see the strong, granite buildings from the 1800s with beautiful tin tile ceilings and floor to rooftop windows. The next ring you can spot the expensive modifications from the 40s and 50s, and the next ring, cheap modifications from the 70s and 80s. In the youngest ring you see empty storefronts, banners nailed in front of the original store signs and empty parking. It’s both inspiring and humbling to stumble into the past.
We were acquainted with the former majestic stature of the city by the bed and breakfast we stayed in. When we pulled up, I couldn’t believe we would be slumbering at such a stately manor, but there we were, standing before a beautiful 100 year-old plantation with a carriage house, multiple fountains, pool, greenhouse and a city-block acreage. The bed and breakfast is called Belle Oaks and if you ever find yourself out near Gonzales way, I highly recommend staying there.
The movie Geoff acted in was filmed in the Gonzales countryside. Since the film is still in production, I dare share much, but I will say that watching the dead winter grass sway below the cold, blue-gray sky was quite the picture. I think periwinkle and golden amber are two of my favorite colors right now. Due to the subject matter of the film, we met several ancestors of the Indigenous People of Texas and learned a great deal about their history. It was quite eye-opening and reminded me how much I want to learn more about the Native cultures of America…aaaand what a bunch of f’ing assholes we were.
This trip also reminded me that you don’t have to travel far out of your hometown to have an adventure.
Can you guess what movie(s) this courthouse was featured in?
Ok…I won’t wear a shirt or shoes in your restaurant then.
The town of Luling, TX got creative with their unsightly pumpjacks.
The beautiful bed & breakfast we stayed at in Gonzales, TX. Isn’t this place gorgeous?
Geoff gettin’ his acting on.
And more acting…
A reenactment of a Native ceremony.