Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Texas Bucket List

When we weren't feeling so hot on living in Texas, we decided an attitude adjustment was needed. We asked ourselves when else in our lives would be have the chance to do all the wild and crazy things that Texas considers normal? Probably never - here's where the Texas Bucket List came in. Sadly, we didn't get to cross off every little thing on our list, but it was definitely helpful when we were feeling bored or stuck.

Some of the things on our list (and a few that weren't on the list) included:

-Rodeo - Every March the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo rolls into town for 3 weeks of barbecue, concerts, and rodeo competition. We definitely didn't take great advantage of the free passes we got through A's work, but did make it to the rodeo 4-5 times in the years we lived there.

-Visiting Dinosaur Valley State Park - this Texas State Park is home to some really well preserved dinosaur tracks in a few spots along the river bed. It is also home to two life-size fiberglass dinosaur replicas. We visited Dinosaur Valley State Park last June on the way to an Indy Car race in Fort Worth, that A's work gave us suite (& sweet) passes to attend. Indy Car was not on our bucket list, but it was a worthwhile experience.

-Bluebonnet pictures - if you've ever been to Texas in the Spring, you're sure to have seen bluebonnets. Bluebonnets are a beautiful and resilient flower that bloom alongside highways all over Southeast and Central Texas. If you're driving around in March and April, you don't have to go far before you see cars pulled over on the side of the road, flashers on, and parents placing their children in patches of bluebonnets. Where we lived, the Township seeded a whole field of them, so we didn't have to pull over on the side of the highway to get these pictures:

Things we never made it to included:
Texas State Fair - unfortunately, my work schedule required me to work almost every Saturday in the fall, so we never made it to the Texas State Fair in Dallas. I'm not crazy about crowds, so I'm thinking that this one might be a blessing in disguise, as attendance is over 2.5 million people over the monthlong fair.

Drive In movies - there is a drive in about an hour from where we lived, and we really meant to go, but never made it. We always found excuses not to go, but I think it's probably just because we're old and wouldn't get home until 2:00am after the double features they show.

Austin - this one I'm pretty bummed about. We made it to San Antonio a few times, and I was in Dallas twice for work, but we never got to spend a weekend in Austin. Towards the end of our time in Texas we realized that we probably wouldn't make it there.

So now we're working on a North Carolina bucket list - there are tons of places we're excited to visit with Charlotte as our new home base. What's on your "hometown (or state or region) tourism" bucket list?

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