First Blog post!! The adventures begin…
Spring Break 2017!!! Madison and I spent our Spring Break back at home in the Dallas area and it was extremely relaxing. We got some much needed family time and more relaxation than normal (that’s always a plus)! On Thursday we decided to hit the trail and visit some family members in Beaumont, Texas. We had a fun Louisiana Bayou adventure with them. One of our cousins there was telling us that she had just driven up to Waco to visit Magnolia Farms a couple days before we came to visit them. On her way back to Beaumont from Waco she accidentally took highway 146 which took her through Livingston and OnAlaska, Texas. She raved about how beautiful and scenic the towns were. Madison and I decided we wanted to explore those towns on our way back to College Station when leaving Beaumont. I do not think either of us expected these towns to be as cool as they were! We looked up coffee shops in that area and “The Bull Shack” immediately caught our eye. The quirky but cute name and fun logo definitely drew us in! Although “The Bull Shack” is not in the cute little downtown area, the downtown is a MUST see! The houses are very well kept and absolutely beautiful. The town has just enough rustic but polished charm to make me absolutely adore it. Just give me a white picket fence and a rail road track and I’m good!
“The Bull Shack” is a short (about ten minute) drive from quaint downtown Livingston. When you pull up to “The Bull Shack” don’t let it’s small size of the building, or strange parking spaces, fool you! When you walk inside it’s like a breath of fresh air and it is more spacious than it looks on the outside. The charming colors and decor brightens spirits without being overwhelming. The worship music (s/o to some classic Michael W. Smith) playing in the back ground made the environment even more homey and enjoyable for these two Jesus lovers. Madison got a caramel blended drink and I ordered the same, but with coconut added. After trying both, I think the coconut was a great touch and would order it again any day! One of the coolest things about “The Bull Shack” was a wooden bench they had for one of their sitting tables. The bench had the words painted on it, “Different abilities not disabilities”. Above the bench was a large vintage looking window with pictures from different events and activities in the community that included friends with special needs. Being a future educator, I thought this sweet space to celebrate friends with special needs was so wonderful and inspiring. I love the quote on the bench and I would definitely love to have that saying hung up in my classroom one day.
On every table there was a little card as a center piece that had fun questions and icebreakers to use with the people you were with. I thought that was such a cute and fun way to cultivate interaction and fun memories for the families and friend groups that visit the coffee shop.
As if “The Bull Shack” couldn’t get any better…It’s only about a ten minute drive to the State Park at Lake Livingston. Only being $5 per adult, per day, the park is very affordable to enter and WORTH IT! SO worth those five bucks! Our mouths were opened wide when we turned the corner and saw the magnificent view. Great place to visit and sip on your delicious coffee from “The Bull Shack” for sure!
We loved our short but fun-filled trip to Livingston, Texas! We can’t wait to adventure back and hopefully spend some more time at the state park and (of course) sip on some more “Bull Shack” coffee goodness!
, Allie Boykin
Photos by Madison Boykin