Of Comfort

A Journey through VA, TN, AS, TX and back again.

Published: 26 January 2012


Images from the Ranchette and Around

Earli­er this month, we drove 3200 miles from home in North­ern Vir­ginia to Com­fort in Texas and back again. While there, we com­bined some fam­ily busi­ness with a hol­i­day. More than half of our long drives were through the depar­ture and arrival states, Vir­ginia and Texas, and the bal­ance cross­ing Ten­ness­ee and Arkansas.

The Jour­ney There

Overnight stops in Nashville and Dal­las on the way were fun. We par­tic­u­larly enjoyed the laid back hos­pit­al­ity and friend­li­ness of Hotel Palo­mar in Dal­las. Out­stand­ing dog friend­li­ness too. Our arrival was unfor­get­table. We were ushered in by the con­ci­erge as our unloaded SUV was whisked away to the hotel lot. A mem­ber of staff appeared to hold the dogs while we checked in. The con­ci­erge dis­ap­peared moment­ar­ily to reappear with glasses of red wine that tasted won­der­ful and washed away the detrit­us that lodges in one’s throat on long drives. Dogs or no dogs, we can thor­oughly recom­mend lodging at the Palo­mar.

At Com­fort

Com­fort is delight­ful small town in the Texas Hill Coun­try. We ren­ted a ranchette’, a 20 acre prop­er­ty on a low hill­top a mile or two out­side the town. It suited us well because there was an inner fence around the ranch house that was more than big enough for the dogs to roam around doing what dogs do but keep­ing them out of trouble.

The area has some good res­taur­ants though we didn’t get an oppor­tun­ity to try out as many as we would have liked. Spe­cial men­tion though to Com­fort Pizza. We went there on our last night in the town because it was one of a few places open on a Sunday night. So glad we did, the pizza is simply the best I have eaten in the USA and ranks with the best any­place. They under­stand that pizza is about the crust and not the top­ping. Their crust was beau­ti­fully crisp, thin and deli­cious. The top­ping sparse, as it should be, and so very tasty.

We were kept delight­fully busy and fam­ily busi­ness has a habit of over­shoot­ing the sched­ule, espe­cially when it is an inform­al one. So I didn’t have a lot of time to spend with my cam­era but I have put up a few images that hope­fully impart a fla­vour of the area. The ranch house had a covered out­door kit­chen and din­ing area which we put to good use. The over­bear­ing heat of a Texas sum­mer had gone away by the time we got there and it was very pleas­ant to sit out­side, often into the wee sma’ hours.

Le Retour

The jour­ney home was less enjoy­able with overnight stops in Little Rock, AR and King­s­port TN (close to the TN/VA stateline). The logist­ics of such a drive with three Viz­slas aboard required that each jour­ney be divided into two six hun­dred mile stages with a short­er 400 mile leg on the third day, and so the places one can stop are lim­ited to quite small geo­graph­ic areas along the way.