THE WINTER TEXAN CONNECTION
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Living an active lifestyle during your retirement years is easy to do in Texas!
Whether you are a bonafied Texan or a Winter Visitor, Snowbird or as we prefer here in the Rio Grande Valley a "WINTER TEXAN", Texas has many opportunities to explore from the El Paso to the gulf coast, from Brownsville to Amarillo, from Texarkana to Laredo and all points in between. We'll do our best to show as many opportunities to Enjoy Texas as we can as you browse through this section of The Winter Texan Connection. Find Campgrounds and RV Parks while you are out and about here.
If you are looking for outdoor recreational activities Texas has:
•54 State Parks
•4 State Forests
•1 State Historic Site
•5 State Fish Hatcherys
•2 National Parks
•4 National Forests
•1 National Historic Site
•1 National Historic Park
•10 National Wildlife Refuges
•2 National Recreation Areas
•1 National Seashore
Explore Them Here
Whether it is a favorite hobby, a business or you just like to find things older than you "still in good condition", Antiquing is BIG in Texas.
The ONE EVENT YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS is the Original Round Top Antiques Fair.
With events in September, January and April you can stop by on your way to and from the RGV or make a day trip of it with your friends. Take the whole park and make it a scavenger hunt.
Round Top, TX is about five hours north of the Valley. Take US Highway 77 to La Grange, then TX Hwy. 237 to Round Top.
Just look for the Big Red Barn.
Be sure to tell us about the great places you find to eat along the way!
Another thing Texans are BIG on is Flea Markets!
According to fleamarketfinder.org there are 208 flea markets in Texas.
Some have been around for a very long time such as FIRST MONDAY in Canton, TX. It all began in the 1850s when the circuit judge stopped in Canton, TX on the first Monday of each month. This was the day the Judge held court. People from the area came to town on that day to conduct their business, stock their pantries and sit in on court proceedings. Quite naturally, many also brought their own goods, produce and livestock with them to sell or trade. This took place just off the west side of the courthouse square.
By 1965, FIRST MONDAY had outgrown the Town Square. It was then that the City of Canton purchased six acres just two blocks north of the courthouse and FIRST MONDAY was moved off the square.
Originally, FIRST MONDAY only "happened" on the first Monday of each month. However, if you take a look now at the calendar, you will note that Monday has been excluded. Even though the event goes from Thursday - Sunday, the name is now and will forever be known as: FIRST MONDAY TRADE DAYS. Pay attention now, First Monday Trade Days takes place on the Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday BEFORE the FIRST Monday of every month!
Learning About Texas
Even as retired citizens we continue to learn and add to our education on a daily basis. Just ask your grand kids about computers or the internet and you'll know what I mean!
A great way to continue learning about Texas is to visit the many museums that you will find in almost every town. From "The World's Smallest Museum" in Weslaco, TX ...
to the Largest History Museum in Texas,
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum in Canyon, TX.
Learning about all aspects of life in Texas is a satisfying and rewarding adventure!
Explore Texas Museums Here
Have Some Fun exploring Texas' Water Ways
According to TexasOutside.com
there are over 4,959 square miles of fresh water to explore in Texas including lakes, rivers and waterfalls.
Now that's BIG!
Enjoy water sports such as fishing, boating, water skiing, kite boarding, jet skiing, kayaking, tubing, canoeing and more as you travel about on your expedition around Texas.
In addition Texas has 367 miles of coastline along the Gulf of Mexico as well as several brackish bays and bayous where salt water fishing is really BIG!
Charter a deep sea fishing trip, hire a local guide and fish the bays, fish from the shoreline or wade out into the bays and surf to catch a variety of species including speckled trout, redfish, flounder, whiting, red snapper, several varieties of grouper and much, much more!
If you are wade fishing, be sure to keep your legs and feet well protected from jelly fish stings and stingray barbs.
Explore Texas Rivers Here
Explore Texas Lakes Here
Come and Experience the Grandeur of The Texas Hill Country at Mystic Quarry!
Our campground community sits on a large plot of land shadowed by the Texas Hill Country near Canyon Lake, TX. It's a vibrant landscape populated by 15 tiny houses, 9 cottages, 3 tipis, 36 RV sites and 22 primitive campsites. Beyond the meandering paths of these dwellings, you can hike or bike to enjoy the natural terrain around the rock quarry, future home of our outdoor movie theatre. For it was the mysterious fossils and artifacts found in these hills that gave us the inspiration for our name.
Centrally located on the rim of the Texas Hill Country between Austin and San Antonio, Canyon Lake is a community that is known as the Water Recreation Capital of Texas. The lake is fed from the Guadalupe River with cool, gentle waters for boating, swimming and fishing. Canyon Lake's distinct personality is drawn from its abundance of water activities and its proximity to nature, which give the area a laid-back vibe.
Visit our website to learn more about Mystic Quarry. mysticquarry.com
If you are Big into golf, you'll be glad to know, so is Texas!
Patrick Reed, Jordan Spieth, Sean O'Hair, Justin Leonard, Jack Burke Jr., Ralph Guldahl, Tom Kite, Lloyd Mangrum, Ben Crenshaw, Jimmy Demaret, Lee Trevino, Byron Nelson and Ben Hogan all share two things in common. They were all PGA champions and they were all born in Texas.
It does not matter where you are in Texas, you are not far away from a golf course. From small town municipal courses to major championship courses you are sure to find the perfect place to tee off.
Go to Golf Digest to see their favorite 25 Texas golf courses.
TexasOutside.com also has a favorites list along with reviews on many of the courses.
GolfLink.com lists all of the towns in Texas which have golf courses.