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NaSoAlMo 2012, Day 6

November 6, 2012 | Comments

Today, I took an adventure south of Austin to Gruene, Texas. I've been there a couple of times to eat at The Grist Mill, and I believe it was the starting point for a float down the Guadalupe River one time in college.

Gruene is also home to Gruene Hall, Texas' oldest dance hall.

Gruene Hall

My first stop was The Grist Mill for lunch. It's just behind Gruene Hall and on the edge of a cliff overlooking the Guadalupe River. The building used to be a cotton gin, the primary business that brought families to Gruene in the mid-1800s.

Grist Mill View

I remembered the food to be good, but that was when I was a starving college student, so I wasn't sure if "good" then would translate into "good" now. It did. I ordered Chicken Acapulco, a grilled chicken breast topped with pico de gallo. It was moist and delicious.

After lunch, I walked down to the river and sat on the bank a while, soaking up some sun.

Guadalupe River, Gruene Texas

Guadalupe River, Gruene Texas

Next was a walk to the Gruene Coffee Haus where I drank a latte and tried and tried and tried to write lyrics.

Gruene Coffee Haus

I had only small incremental success writing lyrics (e.g.,"the wires in a tangle / dust on my breath"). I enjoyed my time there. A few customers came through and got coffee, but I was the only customer sitting in the shop.

The adjoining shop sold antiques and pickles.

Lovely pics, K. Love the coffee shop.

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