I was a first-timer, a Texas virgin! But boy am I happy that I went and got to experience this. I flew into Ft. Worth on a last-minute whim and spent a couple days exploring the area. I’ve been to a lot of places in the US, but I can say with certainty that this trip was most out of my comfort zone (which is good). I went to my first honky tonk, danced the 2-step, attended a rodeo, and even made my own Coke in one of those machines.
There were boots and hats everywhere (it’s legit fashion, not even made-for-tv). And food – yes. I got some really good mexican, and tried the locally-famous Whataburger (which tasted really really fresh!). Everyone was kind, and southern hospitality is real. I envision more trips in the future, but next time I’d like to get out to the desert and see the Marfa lights.
It was a wonderfully restorative trip, and a great adventure. I feel whole.