Hill Country

Some great parks just outside of Austin. McKinney Falls and Pedernales Falls.

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COASTAL REDWOODS

These living things that are taller than the Statue of Liberty and live for up to 3000 years at 370 feet tall. The tallest living thing, Redwoods. The Redwoods stood to watch Dinosaurs roam and once covered the whole west coast. Now they are only in a few hundred miles of the coast, 3% are saved. These temples made in nature, by God have been cut down by man, but remain more sacred the great temples of the world. Redwood simply stands to witness life, to show dignity and residence, surviving floods, fires, and earthquakes. 

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      NORTH WEST COASTLINE

      Rocky rugged

      Sea meets water

      Rub rub

      Wear and friction

      This is all plastic from the sea

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      Padre Island

      Once 13 million acres of grassland across Texas and Louisiana. Now only 2 % of the grasslands remain. Lost through development and over grazing.

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      San Antonio Texas

      The first mission along the San Antonio River was constructed by a Franciscan missionary and began in 1690.  This was the first of 5 missions along the river. The purpose was to convert the savage barbarians to the Catholic Faith and make them good Spanish Citizens to pay taxes. They built churches, grist mills, raised crops, and changed the way of life of the people who lived there. There was no separation of church and state and being a Spanish citizen and being Catholic were one and the same.

      Wheat and corn flourished in the valley and Pioneer Flower Mills started and still are in operation. Breweries thrived with the abundance of grain. The grasslands were rich for large hearts of sheep, goats, and cattle until over grazing turned the land to desert.

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      Bicycle Riding in the City

      San Antonio is so nice to go bike riding along the bicycle paths and see so much beauty and no trash. My town, Colorado Springs, has lots of trash and homeless camps everywhere. San Antonio was such a delight.

      Eat at Pioneer Flower Mill,  Guenther House. Great Food, Great Service.

      Always let sleeping cats alone.

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      ROCKPORT

      Which Rockport you ask as there are 23 in the U S. The one in Texas . Life is slow here. People talk and people wave.

      Burger place, Whata burger, serves you, talks to you, asks if they can help in any way.

      Protected bike lanes are here and lots of bike riders.

      Coastal live oaks grow to 11 foot trunks with 89 foot crowns and over 1000 years old.

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