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Friday, January 1, 2010

Happy New Year from South Texas

Happy New Year!

Just one week ago last night we braved a blizzard in Kansas City to celebrate Christmas at church - before Santa and all the fun! Yesterday we walked the beach in 70+ degree, sunny weather. Need I tell you how much I appreciate South Texas?

The drive from Kansas City through Arkansas and Oklahoma into eastern Texas avoided the storm that passed through Oklahoma and northern Texas. It's a drive that can be interesting or boring - all depends if you're just going from Point A to B, or enjoying the journey. We passed through some interesting little towns and marveled at some of the names - our favorite was "Skullville Cemetery." By the time we passed Cucumber Creek, the wonderment of the naming process totally fascinated me.

In southern Oklahoma we drove through the Ouachita Mountains. Even in the winter, they are a beautiful range.

In Longview, Texas we found the Jalapeno Tree Restaurant. It is a regional chain. We really liked our food. The restaurant offers a complimentary avocado dip, flour tortillas and an ice cream cone in addition to the chips and salsa. Our entrees were excellent. We'll make sure we stop at one of their locations again.

Entertainer Neal McCoy makes his home in Longview. We thought of him and look forward to his performances in Branson this year.

We stopped in Dayton to spend time with friends. The visit was friendly and warm but the weather was still cold.

We've been here three days - already hit the beach and our favorite restaurants. In our absence the World Birding Center on South Padre Island opened, Dirty Al's has a new restaurant location in Port Isabel and the Ocean Towers building was imploded.

The fishermen, kite flyers, dolphin watchers, birders, kayakers and parasailers are out enjoying the Bay and the Gulf beaches.

We are blessed to live here!

Wishing all of you a successful and happy 2010!

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