A hearty breakfast to start our big adventure, plus how could we not get a shot of our blue flip flops on the painted blue floor?
Fed, hydrated, and ready to roll!
Then we were off, in our blue car (OK, that just happened to work out, I didn't go buy a new car for the theme), to Brenham, Texas - home of the Blue Bell ice cream factory! For $6, you get a guided tour of the factory plus a big scoop of ice cream afterward. Picture-taking wasn't allowed on the tour, but we took plenty before and afterward. The tour was fascinating! We watched them make Strawberries and Homemade Vanilla, Cherry Vanilla, and Cookies n' Cream, as well as ice cream sandwiches and some sort of cone treat. We knew we were in for some fun when we pulled into the parking lot and opened the car doors - the place smelled amazing. We had a great time on the tour as well as poking around the grounds - it's a charming place and I can't believe I've never been there before now.
Scenes from our visit to the factory...
After the tour, we were ushered into the ice cream parlor, where we got to sample some flavors before choosing what we wanted as our treat. We each chose different flavors so we could share - Krazy Kookie Dough, Moo-llennium Crunch, and Mocha Almond Fudge were the winners for us:
Ice cream happiness!
Then we visited the gift shop:
In keeping with the theme, here's a couple of blue ice cream scoops.
Wearing Blue Bell logo glasses - they were bizarre! I did not purchase them, but I did take home that cute orange logo mug!
One set of elevators - have I mentioned how charming the building was? I have? Well, it really was!
Outside of the factory was a statue of a cow and little girl, just like their logo. Naturally, we couldn't leave it alone:
The great thing about Theresa is that she doesn't even get embarrassed when we pretend to milk the cow - she just kept taking pictures and laughing!
After our tour, we shopped and ate lunch in Brenham. Then we got on the road for home, as Theresa serenaded us with the "Dinosaur Blues" song. We planned on stopping in the town of Navasota on our way back so we could visit Blues Alley, but she fell asleep in the car, so we just paused for a quick photo of the sign:
An apt spot to finish out our blue day!