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The great state of Texas

Texas really is something else, isn’t it?

The Lone Star State. Everything’s bigger in Texas. Texas forever. What is it about that place that makes the natives sing with pride?

At the beginning of this month, I left Pennsylvania behind and set off for a cross-country road trip with my best friend. When mapping out this little road trip of ours for the journey from Philadelphia to my new home in Colorado, I chose to stop in some places that I’d never seen before. I wasn’t excited by the idea of driving straight across the Great Plains in the middle of winter — and why would I waste the opportunity to see this grand country of ours just to shave off a few hours from the trip? It wasn’t a race to Colorado — it was an adventure.

Allison and I stopped in a Virginian small town one night, Nashville the second night for some honky tonk and country music, then rolled into the suburbs of Dallas on night three to spend quality time with family who lives there.

Entering Texas at dusk after a looong day of driving through Tennessee and Arkansas was a celebration — we had reached our last state of the day! But after the initial excitement of physically being in Texas wore away, we realized the celebration was a bit of a tease… we still had almost three hours of driving left to go before we reached our destination and there wasn’t much to look at along those dark lonely highways. It’s a well-known fact, but you don’t really realize the immensity of the state until you’re faced with driving through it after already putting 7 hours in behind the wheel: Texas. is. huge.

After seemingly endless highways and deserted little towns, we pulled into my aunt and uncle’s driveway and were greeted by the sounds of coyotes howling in the not-so-far-off distance. I hadn’t been to their house in more than 7 years, but walking through the garage into the house where my cousins lived was like a homecoming. After just two days on the road across the eastern United States, it was so heartwarming to be welcomed into the home of family.

My cousin Kelly (we traveled to Chicago together in September and she visited us in Philly in November!) came over to her parents’ house with her boyfriend shortly after we arrived and we settled into a movie & ice cream night. Apparently the movie was really funny — I wouldn’t know because I’m pretty sure I fell asleep within 5 minutes of it starting. I guess Arkansas wore me out.

Over the next day and a half, we explore some of downtown Dallas, enjoyed some real Texas BBQ at Rudy’s Country Store and hanging out with Kelly’s precious pitbull, Aylen. IMG_1316 IMG_1314 IMG_1320 IMG_1338 Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetIMG_1348 Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetIMG_1361IMG_1364IMG_1383IMG_1367rudysIMG_6299Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetOn our way to our next destination, we were met with flat open nothingness and signs like this:

IMG_1430It was a quick trip to Dallas, but now that I’m in Denver and now that there’s a new baby coming in a few months (!), I hope and plan and can’t wait to spend more time in Texas in the coming year!

 Would you like to visit Texas?

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  • Reply The Lowe's RV Adventures

    Thanks for sharing pics of your visit to Dallas as we won’t be going thru there. I particularly liked the second pic from the top.

    February 10, 2015 at 9:00 pm
    • Reply Kristen

      Glad you liked them! 🙂

      February 10, 2015 at 10:23 pm
  • Reply American Toolbox

    Very nice! I’ve eaten at Rudy’s before. Although Missouri Hick’s might have better cobbler . . . In September I pulled a 4500 pound U-Haul at 55mph from Philly to Tempe AZ. Nothing like driving through Texas and New Mexico at 55mph !!!

    Headed out again in a few weeks. Gonna time it to spend a quality hour at my favorite taco truck in Texas, in Amarillo Avenue (Amarillo, of course). Yum! – jim

    March 23, 2015 at 1:45 am
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