I’ve been living in Texas for five years now. I wasn’t a huge fan for a long time. Mostly because of the overwhelming pride that this state is so famous for. It was really annoying at first. I was especially annoyed when the Raiders beat the Cowboys, and all I heard on the news was whining and excuses. Texans are extremely proud of their football, and when they lose, it was an “unfair” game of some sort.
However, I soon discovered things that were of the Texas brand, other than football. Their music, wine, and beer are all amazing. Not to mention the countrysides, landscapes and attractions.
My first experience with Texas country was at a Cross Canadian Ragweed concert. Wade Bowen opened for them, and I absolutely loved what I heard. Not to mention it was an awesome live show. I also discovered how much of a party school Texas Tech is, but that’s something for another day and another post.
Since then, I have discovered amazing bands like Reckless Kelly, Josh Abbott Band, and Bart Crow Band. I’ve also discovered entire stores dedicated to Texas music. There’s a little store in Gruene that I always stop in at when I’m nearby.
Texas Beer and Wine
I have never been a huge fan of wine. I never could tell why anybody would ever want to drink it. Until a colleague introduced me to Llano’s Blush. Yum! For a while I settled on just that. But since I’ve discovered quite a few other Texas wines that are equally amazing.
At Christmas, there was always Guiness. I’m not sure why anybody drinks that nasty stuff, and I decided early on that dark beer was not for me. Then somebody talked me into try ing a Texas dark beer. It’s not quite as dark as Guiness, but it’s so good. For once, a beer you can drink for the taste! If you ever come to Texas, you must try Zeigen Bach. Yum!
Texas Landscapes & Attractions
Last spring, I went to visit Robert in south Texas. That is when I discovered the beautiful wildflowers that grow alongside the roads. There’s every color imaginable and they are so sway in the breeze. It’s like a magical dance.
Unfortunately, I live on the Caprock which really isn’t all that beautiful. No wildflowers to speak of, or green for that matter. The sunsets are stunning though, and the clouds are like nothing I’ve ever seen. Also, driving off the Caprock is a stunning transformation that is indescribable.
I’ll be the first to tell you how much I love the Riverwalk in San Antonio. It’s a beautiful place, and there’s tons to do. There’s almost always some kind of festival or parade going on. If not, there’s plenty of shops, restaurants and shows to keep you busy. You can spend a lot of money easily on the Riverwalk, but you can also just walk it and enjoy the view and the people.
I still miss California, though.
In the five years that I’ve lived here, I still have not seen all of this state. Everything I learn about it, is amazing though. There’s plenty to do, and so much to see.
However, I have yet to see a beach as beautiful as those in California. The seafood isn’t as good as in California either. I’ve seen lots of trees, but still have yet to see one as tall as a California Redwood. Also, the only thing “bigger in Texas” are the clouds. They are worth the trip though.
TexMex is overrated, and California has better Mexican food. They also have better steakhouses. I’m not a huge fan of Texas BBQ. It’s basically everything you don’t want to eat covered in BBQ sauce to mask the taste.
Either way, both places have their positive and negative points. I love both states, but I don’t see myself moving back anytime soon. Texas is still a whole lot more affordable than California.