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Sunday, April 2, 2017

Traveling across Texas



There are several routes to travel across Texas and they all have two things in common. One, they are long and two, the diversity is amazing.

I've learned that one of life's greatest blessings is to focus on the journey and not just the destination. This is especially true when traveling.



From Texline to Brownsville, one sees a whole country in one state. From the mountains on the horizon and the ranch lands at the Texas/New Mexico border, we passed wind farms and a herd of pronghorn antelope before reaching Amarillo. Just about 20 miles from town, we discovered Palo Duro Canyon State Park, a natural wonder that is all the more amazing because it is totally unexpected. Check it out at http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2017/03/palo-duro-can
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From there we founds miles of cotton fields - a surprise for me because I thought cotton grew in wetter, more humid climates.

We passed the WASP Museum in Sweetwater
(http://www.iwritemyworld.com/2016/03/the-national-wasp-museum-in-sweetwater.html). We had visited the museum on an earlier trip. The photos and stories of the women who served are fascinating and well worth the visit.

Mid-March brought the beginning of the wildflower season. I know if we'd been a couple of weeks later, we would have seen more, but the ones we found were stunning. I love the colors.

Although we didn't stop in San Antonio this trip, it is definitely a highlight of Texas. From the Alamo and the River Walk to the old missions, there's lots to see.

For those of you who have traveled I-37 from San Antonio to Corpus Christi, you know how growth is happening. Not so many years ago, there was nothing between the two but new stores and restaurants are cropping up.


In Robstown as we turned on I-69, we stopped at Taqueria Jalisco for a delicious dinner before driving the rest of the way. Along 69, enjoy the wildflowers and occasional palm trees that tell me we're getting closer to the Rio Grande Valley. Even checking out the progress in turning US-77 into an Interstate (I-69) is fascinating. One of my favorite rest areas is on this stretch of highway.

We finished our drive home in the dark, but woke up the next morning amidst our palm trees, blooming prickly pear cacti and lovely Rio Grande Valley home.

Life is good!

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