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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Hempstead and Navasota, Texas

After spending the night just East of Houston, we headed out for central Texas. Our destination was actually Temple Texas where we lived for a few months in 1971 while I was stationed at Fort Hood. We planned an intermediate stop for the George Bush Presidential Library in College Station, on the Texas A&M campus.

Of course, we found a couple of interesting places to see along the way.

The first was Frazier's concrete yard art in Hempstead. Yard art appears to be a pretty big deal here. There are several places with large displays and we encountered one today near Hempstead. It turns out that Frzaier's also serves as the Hempstead Visitor Center. It was our bad luck to arrive on Wednesday, the one day of the week that Frazier's is closed.

Peering over the fence, I could only imagine how much fun it would be to paint a large bull rider or chicken for our front yard at home. Linda seemed not so enthusiastic about my plan.
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A few miles farther up the road, we found Navasota with what it claimed to be the World's Largest Teapot.

The teapot is found at Martha's Bloomers, a garden store with a tea room in the back.

Don't be put off by the "tearoom" title. There are some very hearty sandwiches served.
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It would be easy to miss Martha's place. Keep your eyes open on the right side just after passing the town if you are coming from the South.

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