Alright, kids. Let's start this off.
I was born and semi-raised in Texas, as you may know. ("Semi-raised" because we made pit stops in Oklahoma and Florida before moving back to Texas when I was 7.) Thankfully, my parents decided to stick around Texas after that. I've lived in central Texas, north Texas and southeast Texas (where I am now, for the time being). As a result--and as a reflection of the incredible diversity of Texas--I've got barbecue sauce and zydeco music coursing through my veins.
Anyhow, I do love my great state and I am proud to be a Texan. I'm not going to claim that Texas is the best place ever (or even the best state in the union). I've never been everywhere, so I can't make that judgment. But it is home and I do love it.
And Texas Monthly is one of my favorite magazines. Much more than a simple Texas travel magazine, TM manages to pack in incredible photographs, amazing articles and tons of other info every single month. It really is quite fantastic.
The March issue detailed what was hailed as "The Bucket List," or "63 things every Texan must do before they die."
Well, I'm setting out on a journey to do all 63. (I've already done a few in my life, but I'm going to try and do them again.) I love Texas with all my heart, but I haven't even come close to seeing everything there is to see. So, I'm going to detail that journey right here, on my blog.
I hope that even you non-Texan readers (I'm sorry, by the way) will enjoy my musings on Texas. I'll try to take it easy on the whole "TEXAS IS AWESOME" spiel and stick to the more universal themes.
So, my first stop on the bucket list? Reading Larry McMurtry's "Horseman, Pass By." McMurtry is a seminal Texas writer, most famous for his epic (and massive) "Lonesome Dove." He's credited with revitalizing and redefining the classic western novel. I'll let you know when I'm done.