Once a Texan, always a Texan

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go to Southern California for a business trip. I had only been to the Los Angeles area before a couple of years ago and that trip was literally only for 48 hours total, including travel time, so I never felt like I had really gotten a sense of what SoCal life was like.

I was born and raised in Texas and have lived here my whole life, and as previously stated in my first post, I hadn’t ever gotten on a plane until I was 18, and until recently, had for the most part traveled only in Texas. My job requires a lot of traveling, and for that I am grateful. To date I’ve had the chance to travel multiple times to Florida because of work, and on top of that have traveled to a couple of additional states with friends in family. To summarize and give you a better picture below are the states I’ve traveled to and stayed in (not just driven through):

  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
  • California
  • Arizona
  • Florida
  • Louisiana
  • Nevada
  • Texas

Now seeing as the US has 50 states, the fact that I’ve only visited and really been in 8 states for any number of days is a bit daunting. I would love to be able to visit more of our country, and of course other countries. Having two degrees in Sociology has only opened up my curiosity of getting to know people from all over the globe.

Now to talk about how many countries I’ve visited outside the US you only need (technically) two fingers. I say technically because besides our honeymoon in Canada, the only other country I’ve visited is Mexico, and being from a bordertown and Mexican-American myself I don’t really count it. I say I don’t count it because I haven’t had the opportunity to visit the states further in Mexico, the states that don’t border the US and I honestly wouldn’t hesitate to go. I’ve heard stories from my parents on the beauty that the Mexican countryside and coast holds, and will hopefully one day, the sooner the better, have the ability to go visit more of the country that I have heard so much about.

But back to California. First of all could we discuss the weather in March? Oh my goodness. I would not have any complaints about being out in the sunshine in 60 degree weather. It was absolutely gorgeous! The closer we got to the coast the more breezy wind we received, and while yes it could get hot, it felt as if there was air-conditioning outside at all times. SoCal was gorgeous and I really enjoyed driving up from San Diego to the Los Angeles area in the span of four days. I do have to question the many people and surfers that thought that it was good weather to be in the water. I’m pretty sure the water was ice cold, and as a southern Texan myself, I am very much used to visiting South Padre Island after weeks if not months of 100+ degree weather. It is way too cold in the Spring time in California for swimming folks.

I got to do some of the touristy things like visit Beverly Hills, the Hollywood Star Walk, and even take a picture with the Hollywood sign. Our group also got to see the setup of the “blue carpet” for the movie premiere of Chips starring Dax Shepard and Michael Peña in front of the Chinese Theater which was pretty cool to see. No movie star sightings, but it’s alright.

This trip was definitely a quick work trip, but as always a perfect example of an opportunity to live in the moment. One of our work events was held at an institute that was dedicated to educating others about the ocean and how to maintain it and I was able to view the Pacific ocean from a beautiful vantage point. These are the little moments in which I quietly Thank God for the many times he shows how beautiful the world he made truly is.

Although SoCal is gorgeous, I was relieved to land back in Dallas and make the drive to Waco. Like the saying goes, you can take the girl out of Texas, but you can’t take the Texas out of the girl. Texas Forever.

As always, excuse my rambling and I hope you enjoyed this post.

Gabby ♥

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