This past weekend, my buddy Jeremy and I went out to Sealy, TX to the Lonestar Mopar Fest. There were all kinds of Dodge cars there and they were racing down the dragstrip. It was a lot of fun to watch. Some of the cars out there had a lot of custom work on the engines and many of them were wearing lots of chrome to boot. We saw plenty of show cars and there were a good number of folks hitting the track to race. After a little while at the track, Jeremy and I decided that we’d had enough of shooting cars and we left to go freestyle somewhere nearby.
Freestylin is when we just hop in the car and let the road lead us to where we are going to shoot. Without much of a plan, we headed towards Wallis, TX. As we were passing through Wallis Texas, a very kind police officer decided to give us a demonstration of his lights. We even stopped to check out the lightbar on his vehicle and after Jeremy explained that the reason that he didn’t have his front license plate is because someone hit him with a moving van, we were back on the prowl for a night of pictures. During the traffic stop, I asked the officer where there were some good older buildings to shoot and he suggested Eagle Lake. It had been a while since I have been to Eagle Lake, so we headed in that direction.
Once in Eagle Lake, we found the Central Business District of Greater Metropolitan Downtown Eagle Lake, TX. If you are looking to move to a nice quiet Texas town not too far from the big city that still has all of the comforts of a small town, then Eagle Lake would be a great choice. The Old Downtown area of Eagle Lake looks much like it did 60 years ago. While we were shooting pictures of the buildings, one of the storeowners, Ms. Vivian, came out into the street to chat with us about what we were shooting. Vivian invited us into her Antiques Store and showed us around the building. This building is gorgeous and just begging to become a wine bar and restaurant. Vivian introduced us to her husband Homer and we had a great chat. Vivian told Jeremy and I all about the history of Eagle Lake and showed us pictures of their 125th Anniversary celebration that they recently had held in town. Many of the women in the town wore dresses that were made on old pedal driven sewing machines.
Vivian suggested that we go meet the Mayor of Eagle Lake, so she sent us down the block to meet Mayor Mary Parr. We found the Mayor decorating the Chamber of Commerce for their annual Halloween Haunted House. Apparently, their Haunted House is famous for their scares. Businesses in town sponsor a room and come in to decorate. The haunted house looked great as Jeremy and I took the tour. You could tell that a lot of work and planning had gone into creating this haunted spectacle. The haunted house will be open this Saturday 26 OCT starting at around 6pm and it only costs $5, you can check their website for more details.
Mayor Parr told us about upcoming events like the annual Light Parade on December 14th. There will be a parade along with Santa CLaus riding an old fire engine, sounds like fun for the whole family. While we were at the Chamber of Commerce, we met some of the local business owners who were decorating their rooms and it felt like we had known them for a long time. It’s a very inviting town.
After a long day, Jeremy and I headed back towards Houston and then we realized that we could see some of the Milky Way. By the time we stopped and got out of the truck in a place where we did not risk getting run over, the moon had washed out the sky so much that we could no longer make out the Milky Way. We plan to go back at one point in the future. I love going to small towns, you just never know who you will meet.