I was in Victoria yesterday to see the family. The first thing I noticed was the final sign of the apocalypse has manifest in the middle of Victoria, Texas. There is a Starbucks smack dab in the middle of the main drag!

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Come to find out, that is like the fourth one in town. When small town America is taken over by double-latte-crappacinos the end is near.

All was made better by the trip out to the Doelle Ranch. Macy, Maddie (sp?) and I kicked back and watched the horses graze from the front poor.

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Macy (left) can hold her own now, but soon Maddie, a Great Pyrenees, will grow into her enormous feet and tower above.

The dog tour continued at Brian’s house where I was introduced to Max and his amazing (if somewhat awkward looking) ability to ride a bike with Brian.

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At first glance, you think pit bull when you see him, but he is actually a white boxer. His is unaware of his ability to wreak havoc with his size at times, but is a very gentle dog.

No trip to see the family would be complete without stopping off at Prasek’s Hillje Smokehouse on the way home. I kid you not – this place has the best smoked meats in the state. You may be tempted to stop at one of the many other roadside options, but do yourself a favor and hold out until you reach Hillje. It’s worth it.

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Gassed up and loaded down with peppered turkey jerky – I am ready to head home… another good trip.

Dig that stylin’ hat I got from my brother Tim. Suh-weeeet.