Out Driving Around


I went out driving around with my mom yesterday. It was a delightful day. The weather was actually not too humid, the temperature settling around 90 degrees, which is odd for Texas in July. Usually in July, you can feel the flames of hell licking at your heels.

We weren’t really looking for anything in particular, just out being a couple of lookey-loo’s. In other words, we were out, “Sunday drivin’,” except it was Thursday. It was just a way to get out and enjoy the sunshine.

Back in the olden days, going out for a Sunday drive was a way for the family to get out of the house, because there wasn’t a whole lot else to do and everything was closed on Sundays anyway because of the Blue Laws.

If you aren’t familiar with the, “Blue Laws,” it was a type of law used to enforce religious standards, especially in the South. Sunday was supposed to be a day of observance, worship…

…or driving around being a bunch of lookey-loo’s.

I’m sure if you said a few Hail Mary’s in the back seat, you were probably okay. Don’t hold my hand to the fire on that though. Luckily, the Blue Laws are a thing of the past and you can do pretty much anything you want on Sunday now.

Anyway, I took a few pictures while we were out and figured I would share them with you today. I wanted to test a few cameras to see which one would be best for future posts, especially since my Canon crapped out on me.

Just wait until you get to the last picture…that’s the funny one of the day!

The first picture is a train station depot located in Mineola, Texas. This rail line connects Dallas to Longview, with Mineola being a stop over between the two.

mineola train depot texas

Here’s an older caboose from the Texas Pacific Railway, now preserved for history:

mineola train caboose texas out driving around

This is the downtown square gazebo in Mineola. The only thing missing is Emmitt Otter’s Jug Band. (Ten points if anyone recognizes the Emmitt Otter reference).

gazebo mineola texas out driving around
We continued on our drive, passing over Lake Palestine:

lake palestine texas out driving around

I was surprised there weren’t a lot of boaters out on the lake, because usually on the Fourth of July, the lakes are packed with people:

lake palestine texas out driving around

We then drove through another Pea Pickin’ town called, Frankston:

frankston texas out driving around

Seriously, it was so small that if you blinked, you’d miss it entirely, so it’s no wonder I was surprised when my mother said, “Huh. I didn’t think Frankston was this big.”

My dry, monotone response? “Reeeaaaaally?”

Then we happened upon the absolute P-R-I-Z-E of the day. It was leaning up against a bunch of trees next to a produce stand:

hallowpeenyos texas produce sign out driving around

No shit, y’all. Say that three times really fast and you’ll be able to guess what that’s supposed to be.

Only in Texas, y’all!

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  • starryjlc

    Love this and yes the last pic is too funny! I thought I would only find those signs here in Indiana LOL Just stopping by from the UBC! Happy Blogging!

    • GKAdams

      Glad you stopped by! Hope to see you ’round these parts again!

  • tamalabaldwin

    Love the language you use to add color… like licking your heels and lookey-loo’s :) Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the afternoon.

    • GKAdams

      Thank you! I write how I talk. I have lots of “southern-isms.”

  • Cyndi

    I saw the comment right below mine and I agree: I love the phrases and words you use to dress up your post. And yes, that last photo is awesome. HAHAHA. I know about that small-town stuff. Shure dew.

    • GKAdams

      Sho ’nuff…the south is a special place. I think.

  • Paula @ Vintage Kitchen

    haha, talk about phonetics! the people doing the sunday driving here are the `sundayers´ or something like that. They drive you nuts, pun intended.

    • GKAdams

      Ah…so it’s a worldwide epidemic, I see. :-)

  • Tammy

    What a wonderful day you had with your mom. I loved that sign for the jalapenos. You’d think In Texas they would know the spelling!

    I remember in the 1990s I lived in Maryland, and the blue laws there made it illegal to sell cars on Sundays. I could buy alcohol before noon, but not a car at any time. Go figure.

    • GKAdams

      I guess they don’t want you drinking and driving (on Sundays only).

  • Gracielle Tamanio

    I love that you and your mom can just drive around – great quality time and you never know when you’ll run into something cool….like that sign. Hilarious! Great pictures, BTW. What camera did you end up using?

    • GKAdams

      It was a great day! Fun taking pictures.

  • Emelie Samuelson

    Those are great!

    • GKAdams


  • Phil Holtberg

    LOL! Now that last pic is spicy! Some great random shots here.

    • GKAdams


  • T.A. Wood

    Now, I’ve never heard of calling a town a “pea-pickin” town. That’s pretty small! Sounds like you and your Mom had a nice day.

    • GKAdams

      I’m sure every state has their very own special, “Pea Pickin'” town. They’re all over down here.

  • Deb

    Where can I get me some of them Hollowpeenyos? They sound like they’d be good for stuffing cause they’re already hollow!

    • GKAdams

      I’m sure they have Hallowpeenyos in Wisconsin. Goes good with Wisconsin cheeeeeeze!

  • William Kendall

    That’s quite a drive! Excellent shots!