Roberta and I try to get together about once a month to go on an adventure - they really are of the "grab your coat, we're going on an adventure" style. So far we've gone to the Lonestar Round Up, lunch and walk around old-town Bastrop, photo trip at the New Sweden Church, McKinney Falls State Park, went on a geo-cacheing adventure but got sidetracked at the cemetery, and went together when Roberta got her most recent tattoo.
Roberta's husband, Michael, started calling our trips "The Timmy and Coco Adventures" because I name all the opossums I see "Timmy" and Roberta calls all the cockroaches "Coco."
Based on a recommendation from Michael, we went to Lexington to get Snow's BBQ.
|Roberta talking to Tootsie|
After eating food, we went and looked at the store across the street - it's run by a gentleman named Buddy who also makes rings out of coins. All the girls at Snow's wear his rings.
|Buddy explaining the story of the carousel horse to Michael and Roberta (Roberta's standing behind Michael). The picture at the top is also from Buddy's.|
After Buddy's we took a quick stroll around the town - stroll implies that we meandered, and we did, but Lexington isn't big so it was still a quick walk. At the end of the street there's a livestock auction house. The guys there were so helpful - I mean we're obviously City folk and we're walking around with SLR cameras at an Auction house, we didn't know if they were going to chase us off with pitchforks or if they'd allow us in as long as we agreed to not take photos or who knows what. In the end, the onsite veterinarian had seen us taking photos of some of the cows up for auction outside, and Roberta asked if we could go in the Auction house. He said he didn't see why not and we just needed to stop at the front desk to explain that we wanted to watch the auction, but didn't want to participate.
|Auction. The auctioneer sits in the area between the two lighted signs and talks very fast just like you would expect.|
Blue's owner was happy to explain the auctioning process to us (he had brought his steers in to be auctioned). The cattle are sold individually by the pound - not by the lot as we had assumed based on how quickly the process was going. The number in red on the right hand side in the auction photo is the weight of the steer in the auction pen. $0.85/pound is pretty standard, $1/pound is good but a few years ago the prices were much higher. Most of the cattle being sold at this auction were to be raised for meat, with a few very young bulls being sold to be breeders in a few years. Earlier in the day there was a goat auction, and if we had waited around another hour or so, there was to be a cow (as in female cattle) auction.
|Watching the Auction|
You can see Roberta's photos from the day here: http://www.mercyphotoblog.com/images/