A day spent with family can although not always is, be a real blessing. And in the case of our weekend country drive with extended family we decided to go and find some Blessing... Blessing Texas that is....
Yep, we found a town on the map with a cute name, and decided since it was close enough to see just what it was all about...
Well, for starters, there will be a video coming, I am slow in processing since my video software is having a conniption fit, and since Extended family in question didn't have a whole lot of sympathy with the whole shooting video for a Vlog, well... I am going to have to do some narration at home in the studio. Weather in League City right now is flatly violent, and any recording I did would sound terrible... But back to the Blessing.
We loaded up the car with myself, my wife, my one of my brothers in law and his wife and we headed out. Making sure to stock up on all the quality healthy road trip snacks, or okay so we slipped off the diet band wagon pretty hard, but Funions are REALLY hard to say no to!
We had the destination of Blessing in mind as it has been one of those that we kept hearing about.... Now typically when I hear repeatedly about a destination, there is usually something worth seeing there, and while Blessing really isn't a whole lot more than a wide spot along the highway, there was a certain charm along what little main drag it had, particularly the Hotel Blessing.
The Hotel Blessing is both charming in its just post turn of the 20th century charm, and with its drab gray exterior, and over a century of wear and an obvious lack of maintenance and upkeep budget,combined with a bit of a cross between Victorian elegance and frontier rustic simplicity of styling, well it had the look of a horror film set for any variety of B movies.
The hotel staff was friendly and answered a good deal of questions about the hotel, and while there was a very distinct lack of modernity, there is certainly the vibe of an old building well connected with Texas history. And for a wooden structure over a century old as close to the coast as this place is, it is miraculous that it still exists period...
The town, what little of it we saw, and perhaps there just wasn't that much to begin with, only a block or two each way off of the highway, and perhaps 2 miles long at most, seemed to be neatly kept, and had a certain charm to it that can only be found in the country. A fact that was made abundantly clear to us as we got caught on the highway, behind a small convoy of rumbling green and yellow behemoths otherwise known as John Deere combines . I guess we should have asked what sort of crops the folks over there grow!
If you are ambling over through Texas State Highway 35, in Matagorda County heading toward the coast, you might just want to stop on in and see what Blessing Texas is all about, you can be sure we will be back to do the driving tour of Blessing, and catch you all up on the history of this unique little town!
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