I grew up in Texas and left when I was 18. I have lived in many places in my life since – Massachussetts, New Mexico, New Zealand, DC, and California – prior to returning home to Texas. I never thought I would end up here again, but Austin called, and it suits our life so well.
My husband and I drove out to West Texas for a get-away. We stayed in Marfa, TX. Everyone talks about how wonderful this town in the middle of nowhere is – this interesting chemistry of contemporary art and rural living. For those who love art, Marfa is an oasis and a must see.
But what amazed me was the pride I experienced for Texas as we drove down to and through Big Bend National Park. I would say that New Zealand is the most beautiful place I have ever been, and there were landscapes in Big Bend that equally compared to the splendor of the terrain of the Kiwis.
It’s funny how those hidden treasures in our own backyard often bring us the most pleasure. All I can say is go and experience West Texas at least once in your life. It’s breathtaking.