3-Day Texas Road Trip
History of the Teepees
The roadside wood & stucco teepees built in the 1940's are only about 30 minutes from our home. We've always been curious. About 12 years ago we stopped along what used to be State Highway 60 to take photos of the vine covered sign and teepees, surrounded in weeds. Not long after, the old "motel" was bought by the Barbara and Byron Woods who had recently won 49 million in a Texas lottery. They renovated and added an RV park. It took Don and me about 10 years to follow through with our joking promise to stay a night in one of the fine pointed structures!
It was an overcast July day when we arrived. That was helpful since most of the teepees had no shade. It looked like the teepees had been recently painted and we noticed a few giant arrows decorating the grass here and there.
The 10 orderly teepees came with picnic tables and barbecue grills. The teepee nearest the road had a blooming Crepe Myrtle, but our #104 was in the center of the lineup. I was intrigued with the 2-toned, adobe look of the teepees. Don was more curious about the 12-sided (rather than round) structure.
A Peek Inside
Bed & Bath
There was a nice blue theme going on with the quilt, painted furniture and curtain flaps. I kind of loved our Princess Phone since I haven't seen one in a while. The bathroom actually had a hairdryer and coffee maker, which you can be sure wasn't available in the '40's. The accordion style door to the bathroom had some issues, but I was just pleased there was a bathroom at all.
Room for a Friend
There was actually some lounging space on the other side, with a desk, fridge, microwave and a futon. We could have brought along a friend... had we known anyone else in the world who wanted to share our adventure... and sleep on a futon.
We seemed to be the only teepee guests besides a mama cat and her kittens. But after a while, a man who I will describe as a traveling salesman, parked and entered the teepee next door. We smiled and greeted but he did not look like he was in the mood for socializing. The man later had a female guest who did seem in the mood for socializing. I will say no more.
Another People Encounter
The man's car appeared to be a vehicle, food shop and home, all rolled into one. The seats and dash were packed to the gills with papers and clothes and coolers. It could have really added a fun twist to our overnight adventure had we bought a little boudin to enjoy that evening. But we told him we already had dinner plans. He wished us a good evening and drove on down the highway.
In the morning I took a walk and enjoyed the sunrise over the teepees.
My New Year's Resolution for 2014 was to start documenting some of the memorable overnights I've had in some very odd and curious motels and hotels. Like the adventures in my Dining Blog, I have learned to enjoy the surprises that happen when you step out of the comfort zone, far away from the well-known chains.
I began with a few entries recalling my very first home away from home memories from my youth. Then, I started sharing about some of the quirky and unforgettable motels, hotels and inns that my husband and I have discovered in recent years.
The best part about this challenge was making some lists with Don and getting on the road in search of new overnight adventures. I gave myself a 2-year goal to write up 90 stories and the goal was met. Now we just keep on adding!