After two days of traveling and one hotel stop, we have arrived in the motherland!
I kissed the ground when we pulled into the Texas welcome center in Texarkana.
Okay… I didn’t really, but I thought about it!
Just in case you have NO idea where my beloved hometown of Nacogdoches is (or as us locals lovingly call it, Nac-o-nowhere) it is deep in the Piney Woods of East Texas.
Did you know that Texas is broken up into different regional sections?
(You learn something new every day, now don’t ya!)
The Texarkana welcome center has their pamphlets and brochures organized by region. Those little plaques showing you the different areas of Texas are very handy! It was so… uh… organizational!
(I bet you didn’t know Texans were so organized, now did you?!)
(Okay, we aren’t really, but this welcome center was!)
And, by the way, I would TOTALLY recommend stopping at the Texarkana welcome center. My kids were so impressed with how nice it was that they asked if we were at a hotel.
At this point, all that was keeping me from getting home was a lone Texas highway. My old friend, Highway 59.
Oh, the miles I’ve put on this highway.
Down the Piney Wood corridor we drove.
Side note: Notice anything about the trees in that picture?
They are GREEN. What season are we in? FALL! But not in the PINEY Woods!
I knew we were getting closer to Nac (another name us locals use… we’re just so clever!) when I was able to tune in this radio station:
We had been listening to country music since we were about 40 miles out from Texas and I had forgotten how morally conflicted these people are! So it was time to get our Jesus music back on.
I also knew we were getting closer to home because these were calling my name:
Those bad boys are East Texas Kaloches.
Don’t know what a kaloche is? Let me school you.
Walk in to just about any doughnut shop in the East Texas area and you’ll find the yeastiest, tastiest roll filled with sausage and cheese.
They even have jalapeno kaloches in these parts.
We pulled in to town by the time it was dark. But my parents were waiting for us on the corner and had put out a “welcome home” sign.
Isn’t it cute in the morning light surrounded by cute kids with foam cowboy hats?
It’s so good to be home.
Otherwise known as Blue Bell heaven.
(THREE freezer cases of it!!!)
Over the next few weeks I’ll be showing you around Nacogdoches, the oldest town in Texas.
Plus, I plan on posting Lazy Mom TEXAS recipes. AND we are taking a very special trip to the Hill Country of Texas (another regional area of Texas) where we will visit and take a “special” tour of BLUE BELL ICE CREAM FACTORY!
(I may or may not duct tape myself to their building and threaten never to leave the premises unless they ship me Blue Bell ice cream for life wherever I live on God’s green earth.)
It’s gonna be a fun three weeks!
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