Moving to Texas
So, what’s so special about Texas? I asked myself this question back in March, 1997. With a job relocation there was little time for me to think about the history or the geography of Texas. My focus was on interviewing for a position, signing a job offer, putting my own home on the market, flying back to DFW Airport to spend a day finding temporary housing, contacting the moving company, telling my kids about the move and learning they had no intention to move to Texas, getting the car serviced, buying new tires, and juggling a hundred and one other things before I cried and hugged my kids goodbye.
On the morning of the move, I watched the moving truck drive away. It was an emotional day as my kids pushed their mother out of the nest. As I tearfully waved goodbye to my kids on a Friday morning, I had one goal in mind, get to Dallas, Texas before starting my new job on Monday morning. The 1,061 mile solo trip by car was no easy picnic. Everything happened within 13 days.
How Big is Texas?
Texas covers 268,820 square miles (696,241 km2). The state is compared to the size of Europe and it is divided up into seven regions. They are Piney Woods, Prairies and Lakes, Hill Country, Panhandle, Big Bend Country, South Texas Plains and the Gulf Coast. Dallas Fort Worth is located in Prairies and Lakes. As of yet, I have not been to the Panhandle or Big Bend County. If you’re thinking about moving to Texas or a getaway, I recommend researching these areas first.
Texas is the second largest state in the United States. The Capital is located in Hill Country in Austin. I have been there many times. I highly recommend a visit to the Capital to see the dome and explore points of interest, such as 6th Street which is well known in the music industry for its country, rockabilly, swing, and retro roots.
Also located in Hill Country further south is San Antonio, Texas. There are many fun things to see and do in San Antonio, such as the River Walk, Sea World, Museums, Missions, Zoo, the Alamo, The Crockett Hotel (legend says its haunted) and many other points of interest. Smaller cities include places such as Marble Fallas, New Braunfels, Utopia, Kerrville Bandera, and Fredericksburg.
THE ALAMO THE RIVER WALK
ADVENTURES ON THE GULF COUNTRY
Texas has some of the best Schools and Universities. Ask any college student where Padre Island is and they'll tell you! If you plan to visit Corpus Christi, check to see if they are having their Heritage Fest where you can experience and taste the Texas flavor and culture too. For fun on the Island, you must go to Galveston. I highly recommend the Tree Sculptures. After the Hurricane, the homeowners had artists come from all over the world to carve what was left of their beautiful Southern Trees. There are more than 20 to see all in a small radius. Most can be reached in walking distance.
A morning sunrise is the best way to start your day on the Gulf of Mexico along the Texas Coast.
Tree Sculptures are easy to find
Sunrises and Sunsets are gorgeous!
PRAIRIES & LAKES
Many people who relocate to Texas get jobs in the Los Colinas area of Irving, Texas. It's fun to explore all the beautiful places where you can go. Whether you're looking to move or go on a quick getaway, Texas has it all! It's rare for a transplant to move away from Texas after they make Texas their home. Native Texans hardly ever choose to take a vacation outside of the Texas borders.
I especially like the Fort Worth Botanical Gardens, Japanese Gardens and all the Museum, especially the Art Galleries. Fort Worth has one of the best zoos too! In Dallas, be sure to visit the Dallas Arboretum, the Dallas Zoo and the Arts District. If you're a fan of the television series Dallas, with J.R. Ewing, you'll want to visit the South Fork Ranch where the movie was made or to the Galleria where they have an indoor Ice Skating Rink where Bobby and Pamela skated. If you're a sports fan, be sure to check on schedules for the Dallas Cowboys, the Mavs and Texas Rangers.
In Grapevine you'll enjoy the Gaylord Texas, shopping on Main Street where there are several Art Galleries, plenty of unique shops and restaurants, including several Texas Wineries, and for the kids, the Great Wolf Lodge. Weather permitted, people sail on Lake Grapevine year round. During the summer, you can board the Tarantula Train and go to Fort Worth but don't be surprised if the train gets held up by some cowboys from the Old West. If so, the Sheriff will get them and you won't have anything to worry about. In Grapevine, you'll always have fun and laughter.
There are plenty of restaurants and to my knowledge, there is no shortage of Texas Beef. For history buffs, people visit the 6th Floor Museum to see and learn about President John F. Kennedy. This year will be the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination in Dallas.
WELCOME TO DALLAS, BE A PART OF THE FUTURE & THE PAST
TEXANS HAVE A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR
YOU CAN STAY FOR AWHILE OR FOR A LIFETIME
©PHOTOS AND JOURNAL PATRICIA FEAGER 10/7/2013