Stop #7 Ft. Stockton
There we were, on the road again. The car is beginning to feel over packed and thrown food lay in between the seats after my son decided he was finished with his snack. My once organized car has turned into a mess. But my husband is safely driving in the pilot seat next to me, and Niah behind him quietly fighting to stay awake as the road hummed him to sleep.
Miles go by and the scenery in Texas begins to change. There is more dirt like sand than greenery. There are more mountains in the distance. As we traveled on the sun began to beat down on the hood of the car with more intensity. I hoped we didn’t overheat as stops became few and really far between.
Arriving in Ft. Stockton was like an oasis…ok maybe I’m being a little dramatic. Needing a refuel on a few things we stopped at Walmart (because there is always a Walmart if there is nothing else!). We picked up a few allergy friendly items that I haven’t been able to find between stops.
I’m not going to lie; I was a little hesitant about stopping in Ft. Stockton. We almost just passed over it and went onto our next stop. I’m glad we didn’t!
Then we stopped and rested our heads…
We stayed at the Candlewood Suites and it was perfect for a reset and rest spot. When I booked it I didn’t realize it would be like a studio apartment with a full kitchen! I was pleasantly surprised (I guess I should of guessed that’s why it’s called Candlewood SUITES.)
Have you been watching the Olympics? We have been very fortunate that everywhere except Texarkana had the Olympics to watch. Our favorites to watch are swimming, gymnastics, and track. Tonight we saw the first African American Female win a gold medal in the pool! What an accomplishment. Also, Simone and Aly took the gold and silver during the All-Around competition. It was amazing and I felt prideful in my heart for America.
Since we had the kitchen, I made chicken salad sandwiches and Annie’s Pizza Rolls. Niah devoured some leftover pasta salad, avocado, and a half a chicken salad sandwich.
I can’t express how convenient this hotel was. I would definitely recommend stay at these if you’re traveling.
“Let me be really real, it is hard traveling with a kid.”
After hours in the car (even if most of them are sleeping) it still affects him later. So after a few hours of bouncing off the walls we settled down and read “Goodnight Texas” and “Goodnight America” just like we have every night before.
Driving to Ft. Stockton
We’ve spent the most time of our vacation in Texas and one end of the state looks completely different then the other. What an adventure just exploring Texas has been!
Gas stations and stops become few and far between. Be prepared. We took I-10 all the way there because there weren’t many back roads, but I-10 was just as scenic as any back road. (We took a few polaroids with our cameras, but it was so bright that the pic was way too exposed.)
We checked out two local coffee and breakfast spots in the morning. For a small town these places were really unique and we’re glad we stopped at both.
The first one was The Clockwork Coffeehouse.
I ordered a simple Cappuccino with whipped cream, a cinnamon bagel with egg, cheese and sausage, and a plain bagel with bacon egg and cheese. The coffee was a little disappointing and I had a hard time deciding what I wanted with all their options.
They offered a lot of home cooked simple meals and looked like they served breakfast lunch and dinner. They unfortunately are not very allergy friendly. The cook was able to be careful about my peanut and nut allergy but they didn’t offer many other options for gluten free or dairy free. They do have some baked pastries and many different syrup flavors for coffee. I’m sure you could make every and any combination you ever wanted and then some. The flavored coffee and specialty mixed coffee drinks seemed to be their specialty.
With not many allergy friendly options we have to give The Clockwork Coffeehouse 3/5 spoons. While our sandwich and coffee didn’t provide any type of allergic reaction it would be hard for others with more severe allergies to dairy or gluten.
The second coffee shop was called The Garage, Coffee Music & More. At first it’s a little intimidating to go inside if you’ve never been there before.
They are literally attached to a garage, but it provides the perfect space to engage the local community with their diverse music scene.
The owner was amazingly sweet and personable as I was talking to her and trying to figure out what to order. I ordered a pumpkin spice latte for Anthony’s coffee (I should have got something else for me because his looked delicious topped with fluffy whipped cream and pumpkin spice seasoning).
If you were ever passing through Ft. Stockton, TX I would make the stop to The Garage to grab some coffee. They don’t offer many allergy friendly alternatives as far as dairy goes, but any other allergy you should be safe with coffee here. We believe 4/5 spoons is a good evaluation for this great local coffee shop.
Their theme was cool and we’ve been collecting sticker from as many shops as we can. So we also picked up a few post cards, a pin, and a sticker (the Sticker and pin was given to us as a thank you for choosing to stop in on our trip. They did not know I was writing a review, however.) That just goes to show you how wonderful our experience was.
Show them some love next time you’re in town!
Next, we have one more stop in TX and we’re about to pass over into Mountain Time!
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The Allergic Foodie here! Right now you can probably find me in my test kitchen (i.e. my house) or traveling to a local coffee shop where they're serving me awe-inspiring coffee (sorry, I would share but). I'm kind of a coffee junkie. Yes, I'm a food-allergy overcomer, Mompreneur, and military spouse and I love pushing boundaries especially in the kitchen. So hold on to your taste buds and let's get to cooking!