My travel adventures so far this year have been limited to the great state of Texas. Not that I am complaining, it is a great state! It’s just I prefer to see myself traveling through Italy or jetting off to New York to catch a show!
Maybe that will be my life one day, but for now I am sharing with you my Texas travels to the beaches of Port Aransas, BBQ, and some history along the way.
The route from Austin to Port Aransas is filled with history. Every time we go to the beach we say we are going to stop and read the landmarks and visit the Spanish Missions that are still standing from the fight for Texas Independence. But we are always in a hurry and say “next time.” This year, we decided to stop since it was just me and my husband and we were not vetoed by any children!
First stop was the famous Smitty’s BBQ…delicious! We needed some energy for the road trip! Food before history.
This is the site of the surrender of the Texas troops to Santa Anna in 1836.
The site of the Spanish mission (Presidio La Bahia) with some of the original rock still standing from 1771. In many places, any structure that is 250 years old is considered “new”…but in Texas it is considered “ancient!”
A little food, a little history and now the beach. What a great way to relax…enjoying the lovely weather, breakfast outside and this view. God is good!
We love our bluebonnets in Texas! They line the highways. People line the highways to stop and take a family photo. In fact, if you are from Texas, you have a family photo in the middle of bluebonnets. It’s just what we do.
My girls are grown, but we still stop and look at the bluebonnets when we are traveling. This year, I took a picture of my daughter, holding one of my pretzels, in the middle of this field of blue. I thought it was the right thing to do! I’m not sure that she felt this way, but she was a good sport.
I could not resist this photo with the Texas and Aggie flag waiving in the background! This was one of my Easter pretzels..I wish I had made a bluebonnet pretzel for the photo…maybe next year!