A Texas State Of Mind

Texas is big, beautiful, and diverse.

Visitors are now able to tour the Ranch at their own pace in their private vehicle with the ability to stop at sites along the way such as the President's birthplace, Johnson family cemetery, and the Johnson's ranch house known as the Texas White House. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Visitors are now able to tour the Ranch at their own pace in their private vehicle with the ability to stop at sites along the way such as the President’s birthplace, Johnson family cemetery, and the Johnson’s ranch house known as the Texas White House. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

So much has been said about Texas—its sunny seacoast to mile-high mountains, dense forests to cactus-studded desert, great cities to small villages and towns, rich and diverse history, and the hallowed Shrine that represents her birthplace.

In a state as diverse as Texas, there’s always an adventure around every corner and unique attractions at every turn.

Our Texas RV Travel Bucket List continues.

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park tells the story of America’s 36th President beginning with his ancestors until his final resting place on his beloved LBJ Ranch. This entire “circle of life” gives the visitor a unique perspective into one of America’s most noteworthy citizens by providing the most complete picture of any American president.

President Johnson had a deep attachment for place and heritage. The LBJ Ranch was where he was born, lived, died, and was buried. After the President’s death in 1973, Mrs. Johnson continued to live at the Ranch part time until her death in 2007.

Visitors are now able to tour the Ranch at their own pace in their private vehicle with the ability to stop at sites along the way such as the President’s birthplace, Johnson family cemetery, and the Johnson’s ranch house known as the Texas White House.

Lyndon B. Johnson National Historical Park has two distinct visitor areas separated by 14 miles.

In Johnson City you will find the National Park Visitor Center, Boyhood Home in which President Johnson spent his childhood, and the Johnson Settlement where the President’s grandparents first settled in the 1860s.

Today, King Ranch is designated a National Historic Landmark and is historically recognized as the birthplace of the American ranching industry. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

Today, King Ranch is designated a National Historic Landmark and is historically recognized as the birthplace of the American ranching industry. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

King Ranch

The name of Kingsville and King Ranch are thought of synonymously and with good reason. Kingsville is located on part of a Mexican land grant purchased by Captain Richard King in 1853. It was the beginning of a dream to tame the Wild Horse Desert. His widow, Henrietta, continued that pursuit for forty years following his death. Among her many achievements was the founding of Kingsville in 1904, a raw town site in the middle of the prairie, situated along the St. Louis, Brownsville, and Mexico railway route.

The Santa Gertudis breed of cattle originated here, and the ranch was home to the first registered American quarter horse.

Today, King Ranch is designated a National Historic Landmark and is historically recognized as the birthplace of the American ranching industry. The four South Texas divisions sprawl across nearly a million acres of Gulf of Mexico coastal plains.

Santa Gertudis and King Ranch Santa Cruz breeds of cattle, Quarter horses, majestic Texas Longhorn cattle, and a rich diversity of native wildlife welcome visitors during one of the variety of tours offered to public. Tours originate from the Visitor Center on the Santa Gertudis Division, just minutes from downtown Kingsville.

Special interest tours that include wildlife, birding, and agriculture are available by reservation.

La Brisa Mexican Bar & Grill

When you’re in the Kemah/Seabrook area south of Houston and have a craving for excellent authentic Mexican food and great margaritas, try La Brisa. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

When you’re in the Kemah/Seabrook area south of Houston and have a craving for excellent authentic Mexican food and great margaritas, try La Brisa. © Rex Vogel, all rights reserved

When you’re in the Kemah/Seabrook area south of Houston and have a craving for excellent authentic Mexican food and great margaritas, try La Brisa. It’s a short drive just down Highway 146 south from Kemah, towards Bacliff.

The happy hour margaritas are only $2.00. You won’t find better food in the entire Clearlake area. It’s one of the best places to get the real thing. Great prices and prompt service! The food comes in huge portions.

The only drawback is the shortage of parking. Well, there’s actually a lot of parking, but there’s a lot of cars there all the time.

I love their red salsa as well as the green, guacamole salsa that they serve with warm chips at your table. I ordered their shrimp enchiladas, which was outstanding.

Texas Spoken Friendly

Please Note: This is part 9 of an on-going series on our Texas Bucket List

Worth Pondering…

I think Texans have more fun than the rest of the world.

—Choreographer (and Wichita Falls native) Tommy Tune

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