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Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
Trip End Jun 01, 2012

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Saturday, July 18, 2009

Okay Y'all... 

I neeeed to stawt this blowg bi statin that awll things Texxxxan gits a lowt of heeeat from the rest of the U.S. about thewr BIG TEXAS attitude... Many American's from other states joke that Texas is like a different country... and while I was there I read an article in the paper about how almost half of the population of Texas would support their state becoming it's own country... So as I stated earlier, much of it tends to be warranted... but I also need to say that the handful of times that we have spent there I have met nothing but friendly people and had good times... after all Texas comes from a native american word meaning friend... so there you have it...

Anyway it is a BIG state, with a BIG history...  which the boys and I learned when we toured the state capital building in Austin and were given an earful of cool information about Texas... One interesting point was the number of flags that have flown over this mostly flat piece of BIG land... since 1519 it has been claimed by six different countries: the Spanish, French, Mexican, Texan, United States and the Confederate States of America... 

Our main reasons for heading to Texas was to spend time in Dallas with Deb's brother Chris and his wife Dana and their two lovely daughters Lilly and Emily... and for Deb to attend an IB training workshop for school. Chris and Dana gave us a BIG welcome, giving us the top room of their BIG air conditioned house... which we loved because of the BIG hot temperatures outside, let us use their BIG ranch truck, brought us to their communities BIG pool to go swimming, took us bike riding in a BIG park, brought us shopping at the BIGgest target store we have ever been to, took us out for a BIG texmex meal via a very BIG highway, and took us to a very cool and quaint rodeo with cowboys broncking BIG horses and BIG bulls... 

We throughly enjoyed spending time with them all...  as fleeting as it was... and plan on returning again so that we can keep the connections alive...  

The rest of our journey was to Austin for Deb to attend a training that she has been wanting for, for some time... our school put us up in a BIG hotel... with a very BIG flat screen tv and a couple of BIG beds that the boys and I hung out on much of the time as we recuperated from the busy start to our summer... We did venture out a few times to take in the downtown Austin area... with an evening watching the nation's BIGgest urban bat colony flood out from underneath a city bridge into the night air, a ritual that the locals and tourist take in every night... I remember seeing an article in National Geographic magazine many years ago, and have wanted to take it in since that time...  I can say that it did not disappoint... for I always jump at the chance to take in nature... especially when it resides in the city... 

Upon our last day... we all agreed that we like Texas... especially that cute blond family living on the edge of Dallas... a horseshoe's throw away from J.R.'s Ranch... 

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