Moving to Texas

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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.   

 

HILL COUNTRY

 

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.


Texas State Capital Dome 

 

 

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 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Joanna,

When the opportunity came about for a relocation package, I had no choice. I was doing it for my children; yet they were independent young adults who had hopes and dreams including educational/career pursuits of their own. Everything happened so fast.

I've been to all those places I mentioned several times after I moved to Texas so I have a better idea of these places than if I had just visited them all at the same time. It's the experience that develops over time that makes decisions about traveling easier for me.

I know you're going to have a great time in Austin with Dorie and whoever or whatever else you decide to do. Taking things one step at a time has more meaning when you have the time and the place to enjoy the experience.

Happy trails to you!!!

Oct 07, 2013 12:43 AM #4
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Thanks Beth! You're such a positive influence to me here on ActiveRain.

Oct 07, 2013 12:44 AM #5
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Good morning, Patricia -- I didn't realize that there were seven regions in Texas -- this is a very informative post and you've highlighted Texas in such a great way.   

Oct 07, 2013 12:50 AM #6
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Jennifer,

I have to laugh because when I lived in Chicago, very close to downtown Chicago, the cold winds coming off of Lake Michigan on a blustery winter day was nothing to fool with. People I met in southern climates always said, "If Chicago was so darned cold, I might enjoy it more!"

I remember feeling puzzled because I didn't have anything else to compare it with. And when I moved up to Northern, IL and frequently had to visit my daughter when she was away at college in LaCrosse, WI, bordering Minnesota, the temperatures were more arctic!

Again, without having anything to compare it with, it's hard to know you'll enjoy anywhere else unless you make the plunge. At least here in TX, I have more control over my own body temperature because my car, home and businesses have AC. I don't think I would be here, if AC didn't exist. Also, when I lived up north, my cars always took a salt beating from the ice storms. In addition, I paid more for clothing buying boots that never lasted, scarfs, mittens and socks that were forever disappearing or going solo without my permission.

So I went from frigid to hot and honestly, it isn't hot, hot, hot year round and I can cope with this weather here easier than frost bite and cold feet. I do have to say; however, I do like your NC weather too!

Oct 07, 2013 12:55 AM #7
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Patricia,

Texas is an amazing place.  We have visited Dalla/Fort Worth and that is it.  We have friends in San Antonio, and one of these days, we will get there.  Wishing you a great week. A

Oct 07, 2013 01:37 AM #8
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Patricia: Oh my gosh, girl! SUGGESTED! This one deserves a gold star! (Or TWO!)

Oct 07, 2013 02:12 AM #9
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Patricia, Texas sounds wonderful and you have done a great job sharing about it. Thanks for posting for all of us to read.

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Michael,

Texas offers amazing vista, canyons, waterfalls, beaches, lakes, the Gulf of Mexico, rivers, such as the Rio Grande, Guadalupe Mountains, scenic routes, hiking trails, hot springs, sand dunes, rocky ledges, boat ramps, cliffs, river rapids, Big Bend and other National Parks, pastures, prairies, fields of dreams filled with bluebonnets, Indian Paint Brush, poppies, sunflowers, roadside wildflowers, the Palo Pinto Hills, Lake Mineral Wells State Park featuring camping, rock climbing, and hiking, the Chihuanhuan Desert, igneous rock, yucca spikes, Egg Hen Mountain, cliff dwellings, cattle and horse ranches, Fort Davis, Fort Bragg, the Red River, and of course the Gulf Coast Islands too.

Texas is a country all its own whee outdoor and wildlife enthusiasts can subscribe to spontaneity and serendipity.

Oct 07, 2013 04:38 AM #11
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Ron & Alexandra,

As world travelers, I have no doubt that you'll visit just about every inch of the world, one mile at a time. You are in a league of your own!

It's always a pleasure to learn something new about you.

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Joni,

It's the people like you, born and raised in Texas, with a heart as big as Texas that makes Texas so special

Oct 07, 2013 04:41 AM #13
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David,

There was no way to be short and brief about Texas. I'm glad you enjoyed it. It's a big post, but then again, everything in Texas is bigger

Oct 07, 2013 04:43 AM #14
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Patricia Feager is the professional to see in Flower Mound TX - contact her at (972) 874-1905. Keep up the good work! Have a nice day.

Oct 07, 2013 06:27 AM #15
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Patricia,

 Wow I learned something else about you! I did not know you had children. Where did you move from? You did an awesome job describing the Lone Star State we are glad to have you here!

Oct 07, 2013 07:57 AM #16
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Hi Patricia your blog is packed with greet stuff. I love your bottom photo. I have been to San Antonio a few times and did the River walk and and Alamo. I think Texas in the middle of the cold Chicago winter sounds great to me.

Oct 07, 2013 10:04 AM #17
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Patricia - This is without doubt the most comprehensive blog post I have read yet. What a terrific job you've done highlighting your state!

Oct 07, 2013 11:59 AM #18
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Patricia, aside from knowing that Texas is a biiiiiiiiiiiiiigggggg State, most everything else you wrote was new to me, starting with Texas being divided into seven regions.  Most of New England could probably fit in each of those regions :)

Oct 07, 2013 12:15 PM #19
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Thank you Will!

Yolanda, I moved from Illinois. It was nice getting to know you under separate cover too!

Noah - I can think of no better place to go during the cold winters of Chicago weather than to Texas. Several years ago my son from Illinois visited me in the month of February. We drove down to Padre Island and he jumped into the Gulf of Mexico for a swim. He even got a suntan. Then when he attempted to go back home, his flight back to Chicago was cancelled because Chicago was having a blizzard.

Also, the further south you travel from Dallas, like San Antonio, the warmer it gets!

Lisa - I did put a lot of effort into this post. Thanks for noticing.

George - I think you're right, most of NE could probably fit into Texas and there would still be room for more! By the way, I love New England too! I once lived and worked in Maine for five years.

 

 

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Hey PF-that is a lot of good info for people interested in Texas. Glad you are happily ensconced:)

Oct 08, 2013 08:54 AM #21
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Hi Patricia, after reading your  post, I have to add Texas to my vacation bucket list. Thanks for sharing the fantastic information. Suggested!

Oct 08, 2013 11:02 AM #22
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Hello Patricia - I hope you've settled into life as a Texan.  As a native Texan i'd say you made a great choice!

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