It's quite a drive from Southwest Virginia to San Antonio, so much so that it made sense to break the trek into two parts. With no stops and no slow-downs, it requires more than eleven hours to make to what is roughly the halfway point--Hattiesburg, Mississippi. But of course, there had to be stops for gas and food, so the first half of trip ended up taking more than twelve hours. After a night in Hattiesburg, an early start found me again on my way. After another twelve hours of car time, I was glad to finally be welcomed to the Lone Star State.
|Crossing into Texas from Louisiana, this sign greeted me.|
What words come to mind when you think of Texas? Oil? Ranches? Cowboys? Tejano culture? Dallas football? Longhorns? How much of what we think we know about Texas is accurate? Too often, we rely on what we see on TV or what we know about sports teams to define a place. Texas is so big and so diverse that describing the state in a few words is not possible, and it is easy to rely on cultural stereotypes. And because I will be visiting only San Antonio--sometimes called San Antone--I will be giving you just a snapshot of one city in a large and diverse state. However, there are many excellent sources available to you to learn more about the rich and fascinating history of our 28th State.
|This lone star is a symbol of the state of Texas.|
|The lone star on the Texas flag indicates that it was once a republic, an independent country. Have any other states been independent countries? How did Texas, a country, become part of our United States?|
Tomorrow I'll focus on what makes San Antonio a special place.