Saturday, July 15, 2006

Don't Mess With Texas

I went to Texas for the first time to visit my dad who just built a house outside Killeen/Fort Hood in central Texas. This trip also marked my first ride on a prop plane. I don't fly well, as a matter of fact, I need to be completely drugged, Xanax being my medication of choice, but I was fine flying in this smaller plane maybe because I could see the ground the entire 20 minute flight from Dallas : .)

I just love the dual meaning in "Don't Mess with Texas." Not only is it a slogan for the Texas Department of Transportation, and was developed to reduce littering on Texas roadways, but exactly what it says, "Don't Mess with Texas." I found it hard, however, to take such a slogan seriously when Texas pride was painted on the side of a bathtub.

Dad started collecting tractors as soon as he moved. Such a country guy!

Dad and I drove two hours to San Antonio, where I dragged him thru El Mercado - shopping and then on a ghost tour of downtown. Nope, we didn't see any ghosts, but we did get a good dose of local history. This is a shot of us outside the Alamo.

You know how you have certain expectations? Well, the Alamo is much smaller than I expected. (Versus the Mona Lisa, which was larger than I expected, go figure.) Did you know that there's no basement in the Alamo? : .)

Aunt Ginny and Uncle John live next door to dad and had us over for dinner. My cousin and his new wife joined us. Uncle John and I played dualing cameras. He doesn't like to have his picture taken.

I love that my dad lives in the middle of nowhere. The birds wake you in the morning and the deer visit in the afternoon. I think I'll go back, not only to practice my Texas drawl, but to get some more Lamme's Pecan Pralines, yum!!!


Ragged Around the Edges said...

Don't you love that the Alamo kinda looks as if it was dropped in the middle of a downtown shopping area?

Rrramone said...

And if you want really good pralines, you need to go to Louisiana!

Cate said...

I love the photos of famous and not so famous (but very entertaining) sights all mixed together and seasoned with sweet words. Delicioso!

tonya said...

of course i know theres no basement at the alamo....i've seen pee wee's big adventure!