Texas is an interesting state. The Eastern half is really pretty with lots of trees,
while the Western half is pretty much desert. Texans, at least most all we talked
to, are very friendly and are also very proud of Texas. They were ALL anxious to
know if we were enjoying Texas, which we were, and that put a big smile on their
faces. Bar-B-Q stands are EVERYWHERE and the ones we ordered from were super, be
it pork or beef. They were as numerous as the espresso stands are in the Pacific
We stayed in four of the six 1000 Trails campgrounds that are in Texas. They were
all very nice and it was great to be able to relax for a week at each one. They
are all either on or nearby very large lakes
Lake Whitney 1000 Trails about 100 miles south of Dallas.
Lodge at Lake Whitney
The amenities such as lodges and swimming pools were nice at all the 1000 Trails
Lake Tawakoni 1000 Trails
Paris, Texas - About 150 miles N.E. of Dallas. We stayed 5 days at our friends Becky
& Bills. They moved there the year before to take care of his elderly dad and are
busy fixing up the place inside and out. Since Bill will inherit the house they
are planning to stay there indefinitely. The house was built in about 1910 and is
in great shape. The siding is a "bullet proof" cypress that is in as good a condition
Bill's dad has an enormous collection of antiques, both furniture as well as china,
figurines, etc. Cupboards full of 'em. He also has an antique coin collection that
is about 100 lbs of coins most not even categorized yet...
The famous Paris, Texas Eiffel Tower with the cowboy hat on top. The locals hate
it and are embarrassed by it, but it has continued to be in numerous pictures, including
Then we headed west to Lake Texoma 1000 Trails on the Texas-Oklahoma border. It's
a huge lake that I'm sure has more shoreline than Lake Mead in Nevada. The lake runs
for about 100 miles east/west and defines the border.
North/South Highway that bisects the lake. On the other side is Oklahoma.
For a day trip we crossed into Oklahoma about 40 miles to Tishamingo where there
was to be a parade and other events. It was all part of the annual pow-wow for the
Chicasaw Indian Nation which makes up about half the town. We were surprised as
the parade had forty high-school bands from all around Texas and Oklahoma. There
was also a giant flea market open in town too. In addition we got to watch a re-enactment
of a late 1800's bank robbery that was carried out by a number of women in the town.
The original bank still stands (see below)
Re-enactment of the 1800's bank robbery and ensuing gun fight and subsequent jailing
of the women that robbed the bank!
Some of the women that portrayed the women bank robbers. Yes, the women were dressed
like this during the bank robbery!
The bank still stands at a main intersection in town. The re-enactment also took
place right in front.