The Geography Ninja

Campus Tours and Coastal Conferences

Our 1,000+ mile trip around the eastern part of Texas went really well.  And yes, we really did drive over 1,000 miles in 5 days, but that is par for the course here in the Lone Star State.  I am incredibly tired and am developing a love/hate relationship with my car.  I SO wish our state – or even our country, had reliable train service.

Our first stop was Austin and my old stomping grounds at the University of Texas at Austin.  I have to say UT represented itself really well, and I do believe the offspring is seriously considering getting excited about going there.  The campus has certainly improved over the years, so I’m guessing all those tuition increases were worth it.  Texas State, our next stop, did not deliver enough for the boy to be impressed, so I am afraid that school has been eliminated from his short list of options.  I do believe he has settled on a major – actually, more likely majors – geography and math!

The TCSS conference in Corpus (our final destination) was nice.  We attended some good presentations, ate some great seafood, and caught up with some old geography friends.  We particularly enjoyed our dinner event on the USS Lexington and our drive out to Padre Island National Seashore.  It has always been one of my favorite beaches.  Yes, the water is not the crystal clear blue of Florida or Alabama, but it is a lovely stretch of beautiful sand and it isn’t overrun with hotels, restaurants or tourist shops.  We weren’t really dressed for the beach, but we should have known that mid-October in Texas would still have perfectly acceptable beach-going weather.  It’s ok – we pulled our towels out of the trunk (I am a Hitchhiker – I ALWAYS have a towel!), rolled up our pants legs and spent a couple of hours enjoying a wonderful afternoon.  We topped it all off with a great dinner at one of my favorite restaurants – the King’s Inn.  It’s a bit of a drive, but it is still well worth it.

I hope you all are well.  Happy travels, Michelle

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