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Day Trippin': Luling Pump Jacks, BBQ, Palmetto State Park, more BBQ?

  • Apr 13, 2013 · 10:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

 

Luling is a small town an hour SE of Austin, known for oil, BBQ and watermelon! Yep, it holds the world record watermelon seed spitting contest.  According to Texas Monthly, Luling is home to some of the best BBQ in the Lone Star State. The most popular is Luling City Market.

Another popular attraction is the Pump Jack Tour. There are almost two hundred oil well pump jacks within the city limits of Luling. The Chamber of Commerce commissioned a local artist to create moveable art to decorate many of the wells along the highways. See how many you can find on your way to downtown Luling.  We'll start off the day with a BBQ lunch at the City Market.

We'll get our exercise in with a hike in Palmetto State Park and perhaps a dip in the San Marcos River. We'll enjoy some watermelons and have our own seed spitting contest!

On our way back to Austin, for those still hungary, we'll make a stop at Black's Barbeque in Lockhart, known as the BBQ Capital of Texas. Black's was established in 1932 and has been recognized in various publications such as the New York Times and Texas Monthly magazine. During President Lyndon Johnson's term in the 1960's, the President asked Black's BBQ to provide barbecue sausage to be served on the grounds of the U.S. Capital in front of the Smithsonian Institute. With Secret Service and Department of the Agriculture personnel supervising the operations, the sausage was prepared and flown directly to Washington, D.C. for this Presidential affair.

Itinerary: join us for part or all of this trip...driving map

10:15a Leave Austin...Carpool from Target off Great Hills & 183 near the Arboretum. Those in south Austin can arrange an alternate carpool location and meet the rest of the group @ City Market.

11:15a Pump Jack Tour (optional)...as you make your way into downtown Luling. This was designed as a drive tour. Although there are 16 pumps within a mile, some roads don't have sidewalks to make this a walking tour. See map.

11:30a BBQ lunch @ City Market CASH ONLY!!! http://www.yelp.com/biz/city-market-luling-3

12:45a Check out the Farmer's Market and pick up some watermelons

01:30p Head to park  (~15mins drive)

02:00p Hike ~ 3miles in Palmetto State Park (a unique oasis of Palmetto palms). See trail map$3/pp http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/state-parks/palmetto Refresh with a dip in the San Marcos River (optional), enjoy our watermelons, seed spitting contest and fun activities (TBD)

05:00p Head home with a stop in Lockhart for a BBQ dinner @ Black's BBQ; you can't have too much BBQ, it's Texas! Try some fabulous sides or dessert. Not hungary? Take it to go! You won't regret it :) CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED!!! http://www.yelp.com/biz/blacks-barbecue-lockhart

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The weather was great, the company was wonderful, and the food was delicious! Ann throws a mean Meet Up!

    2 · April 15, 2013

  • Ann

    Great people, food and conversations! Thanks for spending your Saturday with me. Look forward to seeing everyone at another event.

    2 · April 14, 2013

  • Michael

    Ann, that was an awesome meetup. You are a really good host!

    April 13, 2013

  • Alex V

    Thank you Ann! This was another great meetup! I hope there are more to come ;)

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My friend Gilbert and I had so much fun. Thanks guys. It was nice meeting you all and hope to see you soon

    April 13, 2013

  • Ann

    Leaving to park now

    April 13, 2013

  • Ann

    Farmers market is across the street from City Market

    April 13, 2013

  • Ann

    Here at City Market

    April 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      What's the name of the BBQ place

      April 13, 2013

  • Ann

    [masked] if you need to find us.

    April 13, 2013

  • Ann

    Here at target. In bright yellow shirt

    April 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Will be there in 2mins

      April 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Can't find u. Where are u at?

      April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry guys can't make this one!

    April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds like a lot of fun. I can seat 4 more in my car and I live in the Ben White-SoCo area. Let me know if you want to carpool. If someone else is set on driving, I would be happy to ride along instead.

    April 7, 2013

    • Michael

      Can I get a phone number? Mine is[masked]

      April 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      [masked]

      April 13, 2013

  • O-C

    I can probably pick up a couple of peeps up with me if someone wants to carpool. I live south (290 and manchaca area).

    April 11, 2013

    • O-C

      Friendly reminder: I am gonna drive out of south Austin and have 2~3 seats available in my car.

      April 13, 2013

  • Michael

    Ann or anyone south can I get a phone number. Mine is[masked]

    April 13, 2013

  • Ann

    Forgot pocket knife for watermelons. Can someone bring please?

    April 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sure. We may want a few.

      April 13, 2013

  • Kirk M.

    I'm on the south side so will meet that group but plan on riding my motorcycle. See you all there.

    1 · April 13, 2013

  • Jacquece

    Hey is there room left in any cars? Im in north Austin looking for a ride. :-)

    April 12, 2013

    • Ann

      Meet us at Target and we can figure it out who's driving/riding. See you soon.

      April 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can take people from San antonio :-)

    April 12, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone wanna carpool from south Austin?

    April 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Check out my S Austin carpool post!

      April 11, 2013

  • Andres M.

    does anyone mind me carpooling with them? i dont live far from the target...
    are dogs allowed??

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    My Coworker Jessi is coming!

    April 11, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Ah this sounds like so much fun I wish I could go!! :(

    April 8, 2013

  • Candace

    Just found out I got invited to a hiring event on this day. I really was looking foward to this event but I really do need a second job

    April 8, 2013

  • Candace

    I'm taking that 9 am is the carpool meet time? And what is the duration of wait for those of us needing to ride with someone?

    April 7, 2013

  • Jen B.

    Forgot I'm already hiking with my dogs. I can't break a promise to the pups!

    April 6, 2013

  • Ann

    alright, just for you Alex, moving it up 1 wk

    April 1, 2013

  • Alex V

    It will be MotoGP weekend!!! We need to do this again another day!

    April 1, 2013

    • Ann

      I may be going too.

      April 1, 2013

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