HEADED TO TEXAS
Texas is BIG. It is second in size only to Alaska. There is going to be plenty to see and do in this sate starting with its people. The people pride themselves in independent thinking that is rooted in the state’s fierce battles. This forward way of thinking is unabashed and they do not make any apologies for it. With big time personalities comes a unique way of doing things that is assuredly going to lead to an interesting encounter with my fellow Americas from the south. I can’t wait to get down there to meet them, see their way of life, try their cuisine, see their art and experience some of the most populous cities in America.
Some quick facts about Texas:
- It is nicknamed the Lone Star State which is a carryover from when it used to be an independent republic and its flag had a single star on it.
- Dr Pepper was invented in Waco in 1885. The Dublin Dr Pepper, 85 miles west of Waco, still uses pure imperial cane sugar in its product.
- The world’s first rodeo was held in Pecos on July 4, 1883.
- Texas is the only state to have the flags of 6 different nations fly over it. They are: Spain, France, Mexico, Republic of Texas, Confederate States, and the United States.
- The King Ranch in Texas is bigger than the state of Rhode Island.
- The World’s largest parking lot is located at DFW Airport.
We look forward to experiencing:
- Historical monuments symbolizing the state’s independence from Mexico and its victory in the Texas Revolution, which include the Alamo in San Antonio and the Sam Houston monument and San Jacinto battleground in Houston.
- Spanish architecture and colonial history of the San Jose, San Juan, Concepcion and Espada Missions in San Antonio
- Quirky, musical and artistic scene of Austin reflected in its diverse community, unusual attractions and urban nightlife (e.g. eclectic road and neon signs, live music venues, and street art).
- Mexican and Southwestern culinary culture prevalent in the state’s Tex-Mex cuisine and southern barbecue.
- Quaint and rugged Hill Country landscape, which covers Central and South Texas and offers scenic routes with stunning views of rolling hills, country stores, farmland, rivers and orchards (e.g. Comfort, Fredericksburg, and Willow City).
- Rich, colorful and romantic character of San Antonio, which includes beautiful attractions such as the Riverwalk, The Basilica of the Little Flower, Market Square, The Pagoda at Denman Park, San Fernando Cathedral.
- Modern architecture, public art and urban installations in various metropolitan areas, which include the Tower of the Americas in San Antonio, Gerald D. Hines Waterwall Park in Houston, Liz Carpenter Fountain in Austin, Chapel of Thanksgiving in Dallas, James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany and Skyspace located in Houston, Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge in Dallas, and Chevron Ring located in Houston.
- Natural attractions such as Enchanted Rock in Fredericksburg, Natural Bridge Caverns located north of San Antonio, Galveston Island State Park, and Hamilton Pool Preserve in Dripping Springs.
What we used to plan our trip:
We used 500px to view beautiful images of places and then added them to our must shoot list in a Pinterest board. It is easy to weed down the images in 500px. For instance here is a search that was used to find images in the Houston area CLICK HERE. Now in this search I typed in Houston. I then changed the relevance to pulse because I wanted to see the images that had more likes as those tend to be better images. Next, under category I chose the City/Architecture to give me cityscapes and building. Try it out for yourself the next time you would like to find a little inspiration for photos for an upcoming trip. I of course did the same thing for the other 3 cities that we will be visiting. San Antonio, Austin and Dallas. Here are the Pinterest boards for all of the things we can do in those cities.
Using tools like this will bring you a wealth of places that you might otherwise would have never known about and it is our go to photography planning system. The best part about using a Pinterest board is once we are there in the thick of the city it is easy enough to hop into a cab, bring up the image or site name and have a cab drive drop us off. We also use it as a shoot list so that we do not forget once we are there.