I grew up in Coolidge, about 6 miles northwest of
, in the late 60s. There was a roadside park at the top of the hill offering a spectacular view of the begining of the Blackland Prarie extending over 20 miles. In the spring this is one of the state's most beautiful fields of Blue Bonnets that can be found anywhere. They grow so thickly that the air is scented by their blossoms. If you are a fan of our state flower, it's worth a trip back in time to when no one wore a watch because you got up with the chickens and went to bed at sundown, because there was and still is absolutely nothing else to do.
Be sure to visit Kemah -- off Highway 146 midway between Galveston and
-- for great on-the-water dining and peoplewatching. If you love boating, you'll love the parade of boats of all kinds heading out into the bay.
I live about two miles from
. I've been to numerous parties there -- it's a great place to go and drink some beer.
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.
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.
is a great city. It may not be the most exciting place to visit, but hell that doesn't matter. It's one of the greatest cities in the world.
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