What do you picture when you think of Texas?

United States
March 2, 2009 10:40am CST
Before coming to Texas I used to picture Texas as being a dessert with tumble weeds. When I arrived it was so much different then what I thought. Texas is very beautiful and has more trees then I ever saw. Texas pretty much has everything you can imagine. From tropical weather,beaches,mountains,trees,interesting wildlife,cities,rivers,lakes very interesting combination.
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• United States
3 Mar 09
It really depends on where you are in Texas as to how great it is. I was born and raised in Michigan and have moved to west Texas (we live in Midland for those of you who know). We are five hours from the major cities, there aren't real trees here, the grass is usually horrible, it gets really hot and we have to drive in order to get to a lake, and I miss pretty places to walk. The parks are bare and dull. Winter has nice weather, but summer is hard to bear. If you like 115 degree dry heat then it would be for you.
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@cream97 (29166)
• United States
3 Mar 09
Yes looks can be very decieving. I always picture Texas as hot, humid, sandy. I will think of it as having a dry deserted land that has a lot of cactuses. Thorny weeds and trees are included as well. Now since you have described Texas, I think that I would like to pay Texas a visit one day.
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@dokaor (307)
• Thailand
3 Mar 09
well I think about maple tree ,long horn deer ,NBA sanantonio sper and cowboy town ,Alamo and my teacher over there and Armadilo and what else ...ranches and many things
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@sassy28 (835)
• United States
3 Mar 09
I lived in Texas for a few years growing up. It was in the late 70's. We lived in Abilene, and I hated it. It was hot and dry. There was nothing between Dallas and Abilene except fields with oil wells. We had to deal with red dust storms. You had to keep wiping the red dust off your face. They would have big rattlesnake round up weekends, guess this was entertaining. We left town when they had those. We had no air conditioning in the house and we all sleep on the living room floor with a fan during the summer. Several years ago my husband and I was flying to Las Vegas and had a connection in Dallas. In Atlanta they flight was delayed so we missed our flight Dallas. They wanted to put us up for the night and I told them there was no way I was staying there, so they put us on a different airline flight to Las Vegas.
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• United States
3 Mar 09
Sandy Cheeks, no lol just kidding. Well I visited once and it was super hot, I got burnt very bad. Its a nice place to vacation, I guess if you go when its not so hot. I'd rather be at home though.
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• United States
3 Mar 09
Haha. That's funny! Texas is a huge state though. I would imagine a variety of weather and landscapes since it covers so much land. I have heard wonderful things about Texas, and go to school with a couple people from there that are absolutely home sick. I can see where you got the tumbleweed idea from. Most westerns with Texas rangers have the tumbleweed rolling in the desert between the two guys right before they fight. When I think of Texas I usually think of cowboys and indians or the Dallas Cowboys football team that my aunts and cousins fret over during the Thanksgiving game.
@us2owls (1681)
• United States
3 Mar 09
My home is in Illinois but I have been to Texas - Conroe and Houston. My husband is British and hates the Illinois winters so we are in the process of getting his residents visa for the USA and our plans are to look for a place in SW Texas - have been looking on line at the area around Harlingen and San Benito. Hope to be there within the year. You make it sound wonderful.
@palonghorn (5485)
• United States
3 Mar 09
When I think of Texas, I picture my home state, I lived there 45 of my 49 years. I think of the Hill Country, and ranches and hunting. I think of the beaches down at Corpus. And I see miles and miles of roads where everyone you pass waves, even if they don't know you. I think of cattle, boer goats, and fishing. And I see country living and rural areas, where my parents still live. And big cities with anything and everything you could want, like Big D, and Austin.
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• United States
3 Mar 09
LOL, ranchers, horses, and the alamo.... that is the first things that comes to mind when I think of Texas!! My husband was down there for some time last year after hurricane Ike, and what he saw was just the devastation... but I have seen pictures of the river walk, and heard good stories about it... it is somewhere we would like to visit one day... although that list is growing longer every year...LOL
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• Philippines
3 Mar 09
I can think of Texas with ranches and cowbows riding on horse with their pistol on, although I havent been in the place but I can see pictures even in the net how beautiful the place was be, and testimonials of friends (I have few friends from Texas) and your post as well, I think its one of the wonderful place on earth plus the fact that people from the Lonestar state as far as I know of, they are warm and wonderful people, I love to get there !
@dismalgrin (2602)
• United States
3 Mar 09
I picture the cold hard base that I lived and worked on as a member of the USAF. I picture the nasty rumors flying around about my reputation. I picture so many bitter memories when I think of Texas. But, I do remember the beauty of the state when I think past that. The weather was a changer. I got flooded into my home there and decided to try to swim to the nearest grocery store to get formula for my daughter. Haha. When I realized how deep the water under me was I gave up and swam back. I took a shower and dried up and then the police came by to rescue us. They took us to a shelter and provided me with formula for my daughter. Then they found out that I had tried to swim for some formula and chewed me out. Until that moment I really didn't know that it was so dangerous to swim in flood water. Oh well, it got me and my daughter on TV for a little bit. Hehe.
• United States
3 Mar 09
One word: cows.
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@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
3 Mar 09
Hi, I haven't been to Texas, but the picture in my mind has been influenced by movies I've seen - I always think of cactus and cowboys!
@wahmivy (778)
• Philippines
2 Mar 09
I had the same idea as you... dessert, ranches, cowboys... I was actually very surprised to learn that it has a coastline. And the city life (in Austin anyway... don't know about the other cities) is really happening.
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@sandymay48 (2031)
• Canada
2 Mar 09
Hi moneymommy...OK now you can have a good giggle..Coming from a canadian who has never been to Texas..although I do know better..as soon as I hear the word Texas, I think of a big tall cowboy in chaps and wearing a cowboy hat saying,.."Howdy Pardner". In a long drawn out southern drawl....I picture a western town with tumbleweeds, farms, and a steakhouse with a longhorn head on the wall. A bunch of men sitting around in a saloon, some dressed in suits, ( those are the banker and the oil tycoons) and the rest all rough cowboys making passes at the woman serving them in their scanty outfits...Now really I do know better, but you did ask what I think of!!
@skface (1)
• Brazil
2 Mar 09
I really imagine a place like a desert, but not so drastic! Hot, dry, yellow (lol), indians with hand axes on horses... Saloons, big pills of horse food (don't remember the name) and an old west soundtrack!
@blue65packer (11835)
• United States
2 Mar 09
When I think of Texas I think of cowboys, horses,longhorn cattle and alot of sports teams! I think of the Dallas Cowboys,Houston Texans,San Antonio Spurs,Houston Astros,Dallas Mavericks,Houston Rockets and the Texas Rangers!
@winterose (39916)
• Canada
2 Mar 09
I think of big cattle ranches in texas but all big magnificent cities, and lots of tourist attractions like in san antonio, with spanish sites and cuisine.
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• Malaysia
2 Mar 09
Last time I figured out like what had been promoted in 1978 "Dallas" TV show starred by Larry Hagman, Barbara Bel Geddes, Jim Davis, Patrick Duffy and many others. I mean, the surrounding seemed modern "cowboy" with big house in large compound area and covered up by many hilly areas. But when watched on TV news, it is totally different and out of those retro images stored in my mind.
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@ANTIQUELADY (36488)
• United States
2 Mar 09
a good friend i have that lives there, george bush , yuck, cowboys & indians & JUST THINGS LIKE THAT.
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