With summer merely a calendar page away, it’s time to fill your tank full of gas, load the car with your favorite people,
pull out the old map tap Waze, and head out on an epic summer road trip!
Side Note: Nothing triggers our wanderlust quite like this ethereal image of The Open Road. Swoon.
Journalist John Gunther once said, “If a man’s from Texas, he’ll tell you. If he’s not, why embarrass him by asking?”
Another clue that a someone’s from Texas? They’ll have Texas flags on everything. Even Oreos, y’all.
Speaking of “y’all,” Anderson Design Group has created a handy dandy reference chart that y’all are going to want to keep handy.
Quick! How would you ask a pair of Texans if they’d be willing to take a photo of your too-big-for-a-selfie road trip group? “Would y’all mind snapping a quick pic for us?” #NoFilter
What about asking a group of Texans directions to the best BBQ joint? “Hi! All y’all look like locals; where’s your favorite place for BBQ?” If they don’t send you to Pecan Lodge, Franklin Barbeque, or Smitty’s, it’s possible that they’re not Real Texans. It’s also possible, however, that they send you to a might-be-in-a-gas-station BBQ joint called Rudy’s. In either case, you should thank them and offer to buy them a 6-pack of Shiner. (Bock.)
As spot-on as John Gunther was about proud Texans, he was equally accurate in his assessment that, “All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast.” We couldn’t agree more, especially when breakfast is accompanied by a stunning Texas sunrise in the Hill Country, at Lake Texoma, or on the beach at the Galveston Pier. #IWokeUpLikeThis
To your Spotify “Texas Tunes” playlist, we suggest adding country classics by well-known Texans George Strait, Clint Black and Willie Nelson as well as tracks by “Did You Know They Were Texans?” Janis Joplin, Don Henley, ZZ Top, and Beyonce (Fun Fact: Queen Bey was born and raised in Houston).
True music fans should make 2 plans: a plan for a mid-March Texas road trip and a plan to have a much lighter bank account after buying passes to SXSW, the largest music festival in the world. Tip: call it “SouthBy” if you want to sound like a local.
It’s a widely-held belief that some of the most beautiful sunsets are found under the wide-open Texas skies. Don’t believe us? Take a look at these stunning images:
Did we miss any of your Texas favorites? If so, leave a comment below!