Picked up** while still new to the US — maybe three weeks in. We have fond memories of the early introduction into Texas culture. Example: the first time we went out for Mexican at @cycloneanayas in Midtown. We were sat down at a table and before we knew it were served two enormous red plastic cups of ice water — probably a litre each — and literally the largest bowl of corn chips (fresh!) we’d ever seen. Free. Everything IS bigger in Texas.
Now (just) back in the USA, hanging out in Minnesota, camping at Lake Superior, then visiting
Dear all my friends in Texas, I was hoping my birthday would fly under the radar. When the scoop of birthday ice-cream came out after dinner last Friday night I was very appreciative. At dinner on Saturday night when y’all arrived wearing “bart-themed” t-shirts, I felt humbled that everyone would go to the effort. I was not expecting that and blindsided (and suitably embarrassed) by the gesture. Then, of course, I was presented with your generous gift of some Hamilton shirts.
It’s been five days and we’re still in Texas! I know Texas is always bigger but this is crazy… Last time we were in west Texas the Ocotillo were not flowering. This time however we’ve seen an abundance of red/orange flowers + a handful of fertile green stalks. Quite the sight! Here’s a random spattering of photos I’ve taken in Texas since we’ve left Houston…
On the road to Balmorhea State Park to swim in one of the largest spring fed swimming pools in the world …in outback Texas 🏊 Love this park! 74°F/23°C temps, ridiculously clear, fresh water, 25ft deep, catfish. Definitely worth a visit if the weather complies 👌
Hailstorm hammers our tent Then the rains came… That time our tent got hailed on then turned out to be a boat…
9hrs of fairly uneventful driving landed us at #elcosmicomarfa. Luckily for us, we had a very eventful evening of tent pitching in high winds, wine drinking, vegetable soup eating, strawberry and Nutella dipping, and one hell of a thunder and rain storm that disappeared as quickly as it came. We have three nights here.
It was a pleasure to host my parents for the last two weeks and show them what Texas has to offer. The visit could be classed as somewhat of a whirlwind tour with only one real “rest” day, but they seemed to hold up without too much fussin’ ;) Things we did: San Antonio + accidental Viva Fiesta Gruene (and hill country) + Whiskey Myers at Gruene dance hall Brazos Bend State Park (previously) where the gators like this one are Buc-ee’s (of course) Cavender’s for boots and belts The Galleria Goode Co BBQ ALL the food places: El Real, Vinoteca Poscol, Brick n Spoon, Brasil, Blacksmith, + many more Nasa Space Center, Level 9 Tour Galveston Poetic Systems‘ Burger Club Ep7 @ Hubcap Grill EPIC BBQ at our place, featuring ALL the meats, all the salads, all the drinks, and all the friends Stuff I’ve probably fogotten Photos coming soon… My folks have embarked on the next leg of their World Tour, Gdańsk, Poland for two weeks, followed by two weeks in Braunschweig, Germany, before travelling home to Melbourne, Australia.