How appropriate! This is the month of love with Valentine’s Day on the 14th, and I am sharing what I loved about living in Texas. To give you some history, we moved from Loveland, Colorado, when I was only four years old. I was young and full of energy. We left mountain terrain where I was born behind and moved to a very flat, buggy, and muggy area called Houston.
Both Mom and I were not fans of the humidity. When we went running, we were dripping wet and could never cool off. Add to it mosquitoes the size of small cars, and well, we found living in Texas challenging. Don’t even get me started on flying cockroaches!! That being said, I did love some aspects of it, and I’ll share some highlights with you in case you ever visit.
One thing we can say is the people are awesome! Everyone in Texas is friendly and generous. Even though Houston is a big city, the folks were more like a small town. Mom misses HEB (a Texas-based grocery store), and we were fans of Buc-ees, which I hear is coming to Buckeye. You lucky ducks! Buc-ees has it all, so if you live here in AZ, you will want to make a trip to experience it. If ever in Texas, pop into one.
Okay, not in any particular order but here are some of my fondest memories and things I loved in Texas:
- My own backyard and Creekside Park: Our development was gated, and we had our very own park with a pond called Creekside Park. We had a huge yard with lots of grass, so I could just run circles. I spent many an afternoon chasing those daggum squirrels. They would use the wood fence as a byway, and I jumped high enough back then to scare them. Woof! If you are ever in the area, check out Countryside Park. It wasn’t my favorite because Mom would often make me run five miles, but it is gorgeous. It has a very small loop, mid loop, and then longer walks if you like. It is, of course, flat and paved.
- Seabrook Wildlife Refuge & Park: We just called it the Seabrook trail, a lovely path that takes you straight to the ocean. You can park at 700 Red Bluff Road in Seabrook, TX. We usually parked further away at the school and did an out and back for a total of five miles. This is a coastal run, and I liked smelling the water. You will see all sorts of birds and unique plants along the way. Houston is an eclectic mix of tropical and desert mixed in with pine trees. A positive of living so close to the ocean was the fresh fish. Yum! We were fans of the Red Fish and shrimp caught locally.
- Because Houston is so flat, we would head to Hill Country as often as we could. Texas doesn’t have mountains other than Big Bend National Park, and that was a ten-hour-plus drive away. Yes, we have been, and it is incredible, but it is difficult to get to. Hill Country is pretty, though, and we like the Bastrop and Enchanted Rock areas. You have probably heard of Fredricksburg, a tourist town. They overcharge so stay in Kerrville instead. Anyway, I did like all the water, and Dad enjoyed owning a boat. Enchanted Rock is the closest thing to a real hike we encountered in all three years, and Mom and I whipped up that thing without breathing hard. It is a sight to see, and if you haven’t been, you will want to visit.
I thought Houston was hot, but then we moved to Phoenix, Arizona. I am proof one can adapt. I’ll share some of my favorites, but it might take a couple blogs since we are coming up on nine years here in Phoenix. How is that possible? I have gotten older living here, and we lost my brother Edmond and got Mowgli. Crazy how time flies when you are having fun! Remember, life IS a great adventure. Whether big, small, mild, or wild…get out there! You never know what you will discover.
My mom, Lorraine Bossé-Smith, is kind enough to help me share my Great Adventures, big and small. My mom is a motivational speaker, corporate trainer, executive recruiter, business consultant, coach, fitness expert, and author of nine published books. More importantly, she’s the best doggy mom ever!
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Get outside! You never know what you’ll discover, and our paths just might cross. Happy tails!