Some Words About Texas

Texas is right in the middle of the southern border of the United States with a lengthy coastline along the Gulf of Mexico. The state is 850 miles wide and nearly that tall. Separated from Mexico by the Rio Grande, the Texas/Mexico border is the longest international border of any state in the US. West Texas has desert, cactus, mountains, canyons and a sky beyond measure. The only 2 national parks in Texas (Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains) welcome visitors who love to see the fall color at Guadalupe Mountains’ McKittrick Canyon and hike the mountain trails at Big Bend.

Ranching is a major West Texas enterprise and cowboys do things the way they’ve been doing them for centuries (with a few exceptions like the helicopter for herding cattle). Oil is king out west. The Permian Basin is one of the richest sources of oil and natural gas in the world.

Some say the Panhandle is flat, but it houses the Palo Duro Canyon, the second deepest in the country, right behind the Grand Canyon. It’s 100 miles long and nearly a thousand feet deep.

The Hill Country is in the center of the state full of hills and valleys, rivers and creeks, a favorite place to view wildflowers in the spring and experience a variety of cultures. You’ll find Germans, Wends, Czechs and Poles, singing societies and brass bands and see stone houses and barns and solid rock fences. You can stop at a wayside tavern or an old general store.

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