This is the last part in a series of posts recounting the treasure of memories from earlier years of my life. Some of the pictures and memories are faded, but it’s been fun to recall the adventures I’ve lived.
After living in Korea for about two years, we moved back to America again, this time to Texas.
We learned about fire ants and sprinkler systems and how to survive the summer heat. We spent a lot of time at the pool during the day and outside at home in the evening when temperatures cooled off. We traveled north to visit family and some family traveled south to visit us. Our young family was kept busy with school activities, homework, sports and music lessons, but we also found time to explore the state.
These wildflower bluebonnets grow in fields in Texas’s central valley and bloom for several weeks in the spring. Seeds are even scattered on the sides of highways, making scenery more pleasant while traveling. They’re gorgeous from a distance and up close.
We went through a wildlife park in Texas where we saw many wild animals from our car.
We drove to Corpus Christi and Padre Island with friends where we walked on the sand, collected shells and dodged beached jellyfish.
We went to Houston where we toured the space museum and a butterfly house.
We visited the Blue Bell Ice Cream factory and saw Texas A&M University on the way home from Houston.
We toured the Dr. Pepper Museum in Waco. We went to Austin where we saw the state capitol building and viewed a mass exodus of bats at dusk from Congress Street Bridge. In San Antonio, we learned history on a city bus tour and at The Alamo. We rode a boat at the River Walk where we also browsed in shops and ate Mexican food.
After four years in Texas, we moved to the east coast near our nation’s capitol where we spent a great deal of time exploring monuments and museums and experiencing tourist areas during our two years there. And then, we made our way back to the heartland of our country. Not too long after that last move, multiple sclerosis began to affect my mobility more dramatically. Over these last years, our adventures have decreased. I am grateful that we continue to be able to visit family and I treasure all of my memories of places we have explored. It’s a big world out there and I was able to see some of it.