Think you’ve eaten BBQ before? Think again.

Let me tell you about the day we died and went to barbecue heaven of meaty goodness. 

Once upon a time, there were two hungry hungry girls trekking from Houston to Austin across the expansive kingdom of Texas. They were advised to travel to the holy land of Lockhart for “The Best BBQ in Texas” by local members of the Manning clan.

The girls were driving and driving, and driving and driving. They passed through strange, surreal little towns and were offered many opportunities to indulge in lovely little establishments, namely, Gentlemen’s Clubs and Adult Toy Stores. At every turn there was one after another, crying out for attention with only the classiest of names! The favorite of these was called “The Landing Strip.”

Nevertheless, in the nature of true self restraint and pure dedication to the task at hand, the girls pushed through to this elusive Lockhart.

THEN.

THERE IT WAS.

Kreuz Market Texas BBQ, Lockhart, TX
Kreuz Market Texas BBQ, Lockhart, TX

The skies parted and the sun shone down on this oasis of barbecue. The girls could hardly stand it as they approached their destination. It rose up from the industrial surroundings and towered over them, revealing itself as a massive mecca of BBQ.

Even before they took one step out of their vehicle, they could smell the true pure barbecue deliciousness awaiting them.

Instant salivation.

The girls entered the heralded establishment and were confronted with an enormous line throughout the entire interior to the entrance door.

They waited.

Kreuz Market Texas BBQ, Lockhart, TX
Kreuz Market Texas BBQ, Lockhart, TX

And waited.

Forty minutes ticked by as they inched closer to their reward, figuring out how much in weight of meaty goodness they would devour.

Kreuz Market Texas BBQ, Lockhart, TX
Kreuz Market Texas BBQ, Lockhart, TX
  • 1/3 lb hot, juicy, tender, fall apart brisket
  • 4 thick, slide off the bone, meaty, seasoned spare ribs
  • 1 handcrafted sausage
Mountain of Meat, Kreuz Market Texas BBQ, Lockhart, TX
Mountain of Meat, Kreuz Market Texas BBQ, Lockhart, TX
Real Sausage, Kreuz Market Texas BBQ, Lockhart, TX
Real Sausage, Kreuz Market Texas BBQ, Lockhart, TX

(Beware: change in tone of writing because I’m just that excited about this place)

Kreuz Market Texas BBQ, Lockhart, TX
Kreuz Market Texas BBQ, Lockhart, TX

They don’t serve it with any sauce or forks, because the meat is just that good. And I’m the biggest condiment fiend in the world, so I was skeptical at first about no sauce.

But, no. Guys. You don’t even know.

Kreuz Market Texas BBQ, Lockhart, TX
Kreuz Market Texas BBQ, Lockhart, TX

Life altering.

The end.

Anyway, we eventually made it to Austin and had a great time the night we got in, celebrated the third of July at different bars: including the awesome

1. Key Bar
2. The Market, which had great music and was overlooking downtown on a rooftop
3. Summit, aka crazy nightlife to the extreme, and also rooftop.

Key Bar, Austin, TX
Key Bar, Austin, TX

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We also saw some sweet fireworks on the actual 4th:

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Much love,

Shanna

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Whether to Weather: Pros and Cons of a Roadtrip

Dear Weather Systems of the South,

All on I-10, from New Orleans to Houston, you unleashed relentless storming and rainfall like it was going out of style.

Because of driving in this, I’m pretty sure Caitlyn is traumatized.

And may suffer from PTSD. Only time will tell.

Regardless, we will promptly accept proper compensation in the form of glorious weather days ahead for said traumatic experience.

Just a little rain today

The majority of our day was spent on the road in varying degrees of the above conditions. Now someone might ask, why go through that? Why are you even driving in the first place?

Because I for one COMPLETELY hate driving in the rain, that in and of itself is enough to bring up this talking point:

A Handful of Pros and Cons of Roadtripping (Weather-wise)


Pro

You are completely dry, warm, and shielded in your pod on wheels from the rain of terror outside.

Con

You are completely blinded and on edge in your pod on wheels from the rain of terror outside.

Pro

If necessary, you can tap out and pull over at any given time. Or better yet, conveniently time stopping for food during the downpour.

Con

It takes so much longer to get anywhere.

Pro

But it’s not like you can’t get there. (As in your flight would be cancelled due to inclement weather)

Con

Camera equipment and rain are not the best of friends.

Pro

You can quickly run out, snap your photos, and run back into safety while nursing your camera back to health with random takeout napkins and microfiber cloths.


And that’s exactly what we did on our adventure in Metairie Cemetery before leaving New Orleans.

Cait navigated us around this super cool cemetery, in and out of a storm, like a pro. It was sick.

Here are some of my photos from yesterday:


  
  
  

We also had a blast the night before.


All in all, there are of course many other pros and cons weather-wise for roadtripping, but as of now, I’m still pro 🙂

Thoughts?

Much love,

Shanna

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Shanna, rhymes with banana.

Shanna Ferris Photography, Photographer, Canon, Videography

For those of you who may or may not know, I’m Shanna (rhymes with banana), from the ShanCait road trip duo! 🙂

Shanna Ferris Photography, Photographer, Canon, Videography     Shanna Ferris Photography, Photographer, Canon, Videography

I’ve always been that person who’s attached at the hip with their camera – if I’m not working with a client for my freelance photography business, I’m spending my time shooting and creating conceptual artwork.

I’ve used and owned countless cameras, but within the past year I upgraded camera body, and I swear, it’s like this 6D is my baby. I could practically pull out my ‘billfold’ and a collection of pictures I’ve taken with it would come unfolding out, just like a proud parent.

“Have I shown you this one? It’s from it’s very first shoot, fresh out of the box!”
*oooh, ahhhh* someone might coo.

Hah, as if it were my child’s first steps.

Shanna Ferris Photography, Photographer, Canon, Videography, RED Epic

But alas, through the Art + Technology program at UF with Cait, I’ve grown quite fond of video too.

I think after a) getting down and dirty with a Hardee’s Thickburger
b) falling in love with video compositing of Google Street Viewtwice
and c) finally conquering my nerves of doing a glam video shoot with a model, video won me over.

After all, there’s enough room for two “babies,” one on each hip, right?

Okay, okay, moving on.

So where does this road trip come in for me?

Well, I am a ridiculously avid traveler. Any and all opportunities that come up, especially fun spur of the moment ones, I seize wholeheartedly (of course camera in-tow). And guess who’s become my partner in crime in recent ones? You guessed it! The one and only, Cait, roadwarrior extraordinaire.

Alas, what happens when…

‘ain’t nobody got $$ for a Eurotrip,’ but ‘we definitely want to travel,’ and ‘neither of us have been out to Cali,’ and oh yeah, ‘we really want to check out Austin too,’ and wait, ‘there are really cool natural wonders throughout the west’…

ROAD TRIP!

And guess what? Everyone’s asking, what do I want to do on this road trip? Take lots and lots of pictures and shoot lots and lots of video and create exciting and engaging work!

And don’t worry, you all will be the first to see 🙂

In the meantime, curious about the work I’ve already done?

Shanna Ferris Portfolio

Much love,

Shanna Banana