South Padre Island
hosts South by Southwest ("SXSW"), one of the largest music festivals world. The music passes are very expensive, but there are enough free music shows going on every day to keep you busy, so it's worth coming even if you don't get a music pass. Just don't expect to be able to book a hostel or hotel unless you book your room maybe about a year in advance.
I spent five of the best years of my life in tiny
, Texas, as a student at Westminster College and Bible Institute! I remember many happy afternoons spent stretched out on a concrete picnic table on top of the hill next to a couple of Mesquite trees and a patch of prickly pear cactus. Almost forty years later I live in the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee but have a poster print of a painting by Robert Woods of Tehuacana Hill hanging over my fireplace where I can see it and smile at those memories. If the old "Ad" (administration) Building is "haunted" it is filled with only happy spirits who have returned to a beloved place! I hope to return there this coming (2007) spring during bluebonnet season to photograph and reminisce!
I have lived in
since I was a little girl and it is peaceful and a beautiful little town. I had the best years of my life there -- made the best of friends there and I wouldn't change any of my childhood. It is full of trees and at spring there are bluebonnets everywhere. It is a pretty place.
The nightlife in
is mostly centered downtown on 6th Street, starting at Red River Street and going west from there. If you find that 6th Street isn't your style, try the alternative music spots along Red River Street, or for the older crowd try the Warehouse District on 4th and 5th Streets, roughly between Guadalupe and Congress Streets.
My father, Liston Posey was born in
. When he was 8 - 12 years old, he climbed to the top of the bell tower and stood on the two criss-crossed pieces of iron,at the very top, and laughed. Been there more than a few times myself, and it scared me into a cold sweat to hear that story. I looked at the steps that went all the way up the bell tower one time and knew that my daddy was nuts when he did it.
I grew up in
. I think it's funny that there is a hostel there. This is a small Texas town witha population of 307. There is a post office, a park, and there used to be a store. Also Trinity Institute is where Westminster College used to be and is supposedly haunted. That's about it, but it's a great place to just hang out.
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