Friday, February 29, 2008

"You ask me what I like about Texas ...."

... I tell you it's the wide open spaces!
It's everything between the Sabine and the Rio Grande.
It's the Llano Estacado,
It's the Brazos and the Colorado;
It's the spirit of the people down here who share this Land." -- Gary P. Nunn

I love this time of year in Texas. The bluebonnets are just about ready to bloom, we're reverently rembering the heroes of the Alamo, and the cowboys are rolling into town.

12 groups of trail riders are currently meandering along the highways into Houston and will meet up at Memorial Park today to help launch the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo, which begins Monday -- my two-year-old son and husband are meeting the horses this morning.

From the Houston Chronicle:

With a trio of flag-bearing riders leading the way, the trail riders embarked on their trek to Rosharon — about 15 miles up the trail.

"It's an amazing sight to see," trail boss Alex Prince said of the long procession deftly maneuvering through city streets designed to accommodate four-wheeled Mustangs rather than the four-legged variety.

The riders skirted the most traffic-clogged parts of Angleton as they made their way to FM 521 — which they would follow to Rosharon and eventually Houston. Even those motorists forced to delay for a few moments didn't seem put out as the column passed by.

With the sun inching across a cloudless sky and just a touch of chill in the air, the weather was ideal for the trailriders.

"God couldn't have provided a more beautiful day," said Dwight Boykins, who has been with the Southwest Trailriders for about six years.

God Bless TEXAS!

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