In the almost 20 years that I’ve lived in Texas, I have had the pleasure to go all over this great state. I live in north Texas, I went to college in west Texas, I have vacationed in south Texas, I have raced in hill country. And just yesterday, for the first time ever, I got to explore east Texas.
My mom stumbled upon the website for a specialty store out in Pine Mills, Texas, which is about 100 miles from where I live in Allen. She had a hankering to check it out, so I went with her, and we made a mini-road trip out of it.
Saturday was a beautiful day and thankfully there wasn’t much in the way of traffic. We spent the two hours that I took to get there catching up on work and friends and life in general. My mom gives great advice and she lets me complain endlessly, so the time seemed to fly by quickly.
After a little confusion over the address, we found what we were looking for: Pine Mills Pottery…
…and they were closed. Womp, womp. According to their website, they are open 10-5 daily, but they are occasionally closed. I guess this was one of those occasions. I didn’t mind, but then again, I wasn’t going to buy anything. I was just along for the ride. I felt bad that my mom didn’t get to buy any pottery. There were a few things to look at, though.
After pressing our faces up to the glass and walking around for a few minutes, we got back in the car. Que sera sera. We turned around and went back the way we came. We decided to eat lunch “wherever.” That planned worked out fabulously as we ended up discovering Don’s in Emory, Texas (population 1,500).
We both got catfish sandwiches and split an order of fries. The fries were just ‘eh’, the catfish was great, and the best part of all was that the drinks came in mason jars!
If I ever find myself in Emory, TX again, I will definitely be stopping at Don’s. The people were so friendly. It was a little glimpse into small town living for this suburban girl.
So we didn’t end up getting what we set out to get, but we did have a good time. Isn’t that the goal of any road trip?*