Janice Williams Loves Austin And sometimes I write about it.

January 11, 2012

24 Things Texans Should Do

Filed under: Austin,Writing — Janice @ 9:46 pm

A writer in the Austin American Statesman has been writing about 24 things that all Texans should do. I have read one or two of them and it makes me want to create a similar list. I would add the warning, though, that I wouldn’t presume to tell you what things you should do, I would just like to tell you some of the very Texan things I’ve done that I would recommend to anyone, though some just can’t be done again and I’m glad I had the opportunity.

One was taking the little boat across the Rio Grande into Santa Elena, Mexico. This was back before 9/11 when you could pay a man a dollar or two and he would row you across the river. You wander the dirt streets and ate a really good meal in a cantina and then when you were ready to come back to the U.S. you just went back to the shore and he took you across, your trip already paid for with the first payment. No passport needed, no declaration of where your citizenship was. It was a better, easier time.

Hike McKittrick Canyon…  It is in far West Texas and Mark and I came through there once after a trip to Terlingua and hiked through that beautiful canyon in the fall and saw the most beautiful leaves. A park ranger couple, who were Dutch, lived about a mile or two into the park and had a nice point to stop and visit and learn more about the park before going in further or turning around and coming back out like we did. I have never been much of a hiker, but trips like that tempted me to do it more.

Tour the Astrodome. Okay, another one that you can’t do anymore, but I’m glad I did it in high school. I guess the equivalent today would be to tour the new Cowboys Stadium and see the big TV screen. Back in the 70s a lighted screen that could make it look like a cow had steam coming out of his nostrils was pretty impressive.

Survive being snowed in without electricity in the Panhandle. I did it plenty of times…more with electricity than without, but all were a challenge. And having to GET to work when the whole city was snowed in was always a challenge, too.

Canoe the Brazos. Okay, I haven’t done that one so now I am obviously going far afield and haven’t thought this post through. Thoughts? What am I missing? Something related to bluebonnets, for sure. Cattle roundups. Boots. You tell me.


  1. Breakfast or lunch at Mrs. Bromley’s in Clarendon. Bob Wills Day at Turkey.

    Comment by Mark — January 13, 2012 @ 3:17 am

  2. Okay, Janice. Here is what I would recommend all Texans do: Take a trip to McDonald’s Observatory in the Davis Mountains in deep West Texas. You’ll learn that yes, the stars at night really are big and bright….Next, float on a river. I would not recommend the ones that EVERY drunk and their buddies float down, I’d recommend the San Marcos or the Perdanales, and while you’re at it, don’t pollute. I’d say every Texan needs to go to the Alamo at sunrise and watch the re-enactment of the siege of the Alamo in early March. You’ll get chills and not just from the early morning air. Every Texan also needs to be in a small town on the 4th of July. You can witness the best parades (even though they usually last only minutes), eat the best food and share in a genuine love for country that still exists without embarassment or shame.

    Comment by Cathy Teague — January 13, 2012 @ 5:42 pm

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