Previously located in Carrollton and known as the JEM Beverage Co., they opened their larger Pilot Point facility this past summer as they needed more space to produce more vodka, whiskey, and gin.
Last month, I attended an Instameet hosted by InstaDFW. I dragged AK along to drive, and because the last stop on the meet was a distillery and I thought that might be something he would enjoy.
We hit the road in the early afternoon and after an hour, we arrived in the sleepy town square of Pilot Point.
A few weeks ago, AK and I made the drive to Glen Rose for some hiking at Dinosaur Valley State Park. We loaded up with sunscreen, water, and sunglasses. (I’d also recommend a hat.)
It was a beautiful sunny day, and right on that border of being a bit too hot. Some of the trails are shaded by trees, but other areas are not and on the day we went, there wasn’t much breeze.
There are lots of trails to choose from. After you pay your fee ($7 for adults) at the main gate, you are given a trail map and an overall map of the park so you can plan out your adventure.
I was trying to be organized by doing a scouting trip earlier in the week to look for locations to take some photos of a sunrise over a field of Texas Bluebonnets. One thing we didn’t count on, though, was the forces of nature.
Peter and I drove about 40 minutes South to Ennis, TX which is the state’s mecca for bluebonnets. The city of Ennis has a whole page on their website packed with bluebonnet information and I highly recommend looking over it prior to a trip. We followed the North Trail, which is nicely marked with signs along the roads, hoping for that perfect location. The scenery is beautiful, as are the ridiculous amounts of bluebonnets. There are also ranch homes, horses, and cattle to admire as you slowly drive on the trail. We found our perfect spot toward the end of our journey, and excitedly pulled over to take a look.
About a 90 minute drive west of Downtown Dallas is the small city of Mineral Wells. It is best known for their mineral spring water and the old Baker Hotel, which was quite the destination in the 1930’s and 40’s. The hotel closed in the early 1970’s and since then has been left to the elements and lots of vandalism.
Nowadays, the ground floor windows and doors are heavily boarded up in effort to prevent trespassers from going inside. There are ways in, of course, but it is ill-advised with a pretty hefty fine or an arrest.
My friend, Peter, and I drove out there last week, spending a few hours photographing the outside of the hotel. The Baker is creepy and run down, but it is also majestic and beautiful. If you are into abandoned places then this is one to check out. And soon! Restoration has been talked about for years, but now it seems more likely to happen according to recent online news articles. I am one of many who hopes the massive project gets funded. The Baker Hotel is too special to be left to slowly decay.
Below are some of the photos I took while wandering around.