"TEXAS--What took us so long to get here?" Top 5 Page for this destination Texas by VeronicaG
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Recently I was asked by Leyle (The Wandering Camel) if I had seen any Bluebonnets here in Texas yet. After all, it IS Spring. Although I had seen patches of these little blue beauties flash by the car window as my husband flew down the highway, it wasn't until today that I actually found a patch along a quiet road near my neighborhood.
OUR MOVE TO TEXAS...
We are firmly rooted here since moving from New Jersey in the summer of 2006. Texas is located in the south central United States and bordered by New Mexico, Oklahoma and Louisiana and Arkansas. It gets amazingly hot in the summer, but we're rewarded with a great winter!
There are seven regions in this big, wonderful state:
Big Bend Country-El Paso, Odessa, Midland
Gulf Coast-Corpus Christi, Galveston, Houston
Hill Country-Austin, Fredericksburg, New Braunfels
Panhandle Plains-Amarillo, Lubbock, Wichita Falls
Piney Woods-Nacogdoches, Texarcana, Tyler
Prairies and Lakes-Dallas, Fort Worth, Waco
South Texas Plains-Laredo, San Antonio, McAllen
Texas may seem to be a late starter compared to longer established cultures, but for millennia there have been a number of native American tribes who resided here.
*The Caddos--called Tejas by the Spanish (Texas was derived from this name) lived in permanent settlements in the east and northeast parts of Texas. They were very successful in agriculture and the most developed culturally.
*The Karankawas-lived as fishermen in a loosely organized culture deemed more primitive than others. They lived between Galveston and Corpus Christi along the Gulf Coast.
*Coahuiltecan-subsisted primarily on prickly pear cactus, herbs and roots in a sparse existence. They occupied a remote location along the lower Rio Grande, so had almost no contact with early Texans.
*Lipan-Apache-considered an important subgroup of Apaches who lived far eastward. They had contact with settlements in Texas and although fought against early settlers, eventually became allies with them against other Indians.
*Mescalero-Apache and other subgroups lived in west Texas and today's New Mexico and Arizona.
*Comanche located in the north and northwest, were the most feared of all the tribes and the most troublesome to the settlers. They arrived later than the other native American groups. Characteristics were superior horsemanship and mobility.
*The Tonkawa lived in central Texas and also used mobility to their advantage as they hunted for buffalo, deer and small game.
(taken from www.lsjunction.com/places/indians.htm)
We've already begun to take to the road and have spent some time in San Antonio. This historic mission town was full of interesting things to do and places to see. We hope to return another time to breathe in its unique atmosphere!
Ft. Worth became a favorite with us right away. Who can resist a town that still boasts of a cattle drive--right down the main street of the historic district!
Little by little we're seeing some of this big, big state: Galveston, Waxhachie, Granbury, Gainesville and Austin. I hope you'll stop by my travel pages to catch a glimpse of these assorted places, each with its own distinct personality.
Most recently, we explored McKinney and Tyler, Texas. We love these small Texas towns!
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