Independence Day Blog Tour Celebration Collab: What I ❤ About My State

Hey daydreamers! Today’s post is going to be extra special. Mary Elizabeth came up with the idea for a fun 4th of July blog tour to celebrate our independence throughout the blogosphere! Her, Diamond & I are hosting the blog tour, and this is my post for it!

I have a kind of sad update for you guys – on Sunday, just a few hours before we were supposed to leave for camp, I found out that two counselors tested positive for COVID-19, and they had to cancel last week’s session – the week I was supposed to go. It was super hard to hear that, but we tried to make the best of our time in San Antonio and got to visit some family and friends! We rescheduled for session 8, which is on July 19th, and I’m hoping and praying they won’t cancel it and I’ll get to go! It was a super bummer at first, and I’ve got to restart the 14-day quarantine and prep/pack all over again. More staff got it, so they canceled this week too, and I really hope session 8 won’t get cancled! I have cheer camp this week (yay!) some fun posts planned, and a special surprise for Diary of a Daydreamer’s birthday, so stay tuned for that!

For the tour, I decided to make a post about all the things I love about Texas, which, I admit, was a pretty daunting task at first. I mean, Texas is 268,597 square miles (a couple thousand square miles bigger than France) and is home to 29 million people – how am I supposed to represent all of that in one post?! I tried my best to make a list of the things I love about living in the Lone Star State, plus some cool fun facts and, of course, Independence Day stuff too. So let’s get straight into it! Some of the photos are mine, and others are from Pinterest.

Image from Pinterest

It’s sooooo big. Like I said earlier, Texas takes up a whopping 268,597 square miles out of the United States! And because it’s so big, it’s incredibly diverse too. If you paid attention in fourth grade Texas history (lol), there’s the Great Plains region, the Central Plains region, the Coastal Plains region (where I live!), and the Mountains and Basins region. There are huge cities, like Houston, Fort Worth, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio, suburban cities, and small country towns. There’s the hill country, plains, and coast! Plus, it takes about 14 hours to drive straight across.

The Gulf of Mexico! Okay, the Gulf of Mexico isn’t the prettiest of beaches in real life, (This pic makes it look stunning though!) but it’s super fun to drive down to Galveston or Corpus Christi and spend a day at the beach.

I took this in Austin of two of my friends! Ignore the smiley face haha.

The lakes. Did you know that there’s only one natural lake in Texas? We have a bunch of super cool man-made lakes though! I just went to Lake Travis and spent a night there in Austin with some friends, and it was soooo beautiful – the water is crystal clear, and it’s so fun to jump off the dock and jet ski there. I’ve also been to Canyon Lake and Lake Medina, and they’re all amazing!

Image from Pinterest

AGGIES! Gig ’em! Texas A&M University is the BEST! We also have UT (hissss) the University of Houston, and a bunch more, but TAMU is the best! (Okay, I’m super biased, haha)

Image from Pinterest

Our history. We have a super cool and rich history- after Spanish explorers discovered Texas, we became apart of Mexico! When we didn’t like how Mexico was governing us, we revoluted against them and went to war (including the famous Battle of the Alamo), and became our own country (the Republic of Texas) for 9 years until we became apart of the United States. Cool, right?

Image from Pinterest, edited by me

The bluebonnet, our state flower! The bluebonnet is soooo pretty, and the beautiful navy state flower lines our highways. And it’s also illegal to pick them, which is weird.

Image from Pinterest

Our flag! The Texas flag is super pretty, and the one-star gives us the nickname “the Lone Star State”.

Image from Pinterest

Our fun expressions! Where I’m from, most of us don’t have southern accents (some of us do talk with a slight country tone though) but it’s super common to hear someone say “Y’all” and “Fixin’!” If you’ve read any of my other posts, you know I say “y’all” all the time (also “y’all’s and y’all’ve XD)

Image from Pinterest

Whataburger, Dr. Pepper, Tex Mex, BBQ, H-E-B, and Buc-ee’s. What do all of these things have in common? They either originated in Texas, or you’ll only find them there!

Texas is home to 3 of the 10 most populous cities in the entire US. Whaaat? I didn’t even know this one! Those three are Houston (2.326 million in 2018), Dallas (1.345 million  in 2018), and San Antonio (1,547,253). I don’t know, I thought that was kind of cool, haha.

Image from Pinterest

It’s so vastly different in so many different places. Like I said earlier, we’re big enough to have several different regions, and each one is different! From the rolling hill country to the flat plains to the cities to the small towns to the seaside!

and that’s what I love about Texas!

I hope that wasn’t too boring, I tried to make each fact as interesting as I could and I hope you enjoyed hearing a little bit about my state! Now I want to hear something about YOUR state – let me know in the comments where you’re from (if you’re allowed to say, if not, tell me your favorite state! Mine is Colorado!) and some things you love about it!

I hope everyone has a great 4th of July – go outside, have a picnic, and enjoy those fireworks (if you live in the US)! Sorry about the shorter post today, but I wanted to give myself a quick break from writing super long posts before I jump back into making normal ones after what was supposed to be camp week, but ended up being a mini-vacation 😉. Have a happy Independence Day, and don’t forget to check out the rest of the tour using the links below!

Mary’s Post

Diamond’s Post

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34 thoughts on “Independence Day Blog Tour Celebration Collab: What I ❤ About My State

  1. Wow! So cool! I didn’t know a lot of things about Texas. My favorite part of my state is the wilderness, and all the beauty that surrounds the area I live. ( I am not going to say what state for privacy reasons).
    Just so you know, I don’t think the links are working.
    -Haley

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    1. Thanks! I’m glad you thought it was cool and learned some new stuff. 😉 That sounds amazing! I love the wilderness, it’s super cool!
      Oh yeah, I don’t think Mary and Diamond have posted yet, but when they do I’ll update the post with their links!

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    1. The reason why I love the song so much is that I was on a campaign in 2016 “Crane Congres Freedom matters”. This was our theme song so every time I hear it, I want to cry just remembering how fun those times were, and that I`ll never have a summer like that again.

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  2. Aww, I’m so sorry that your camp got canceled!! 😔 What a bummer. I hope that you’ll be able to go later, though, and that they won’t cancel that as well!
    Cool facts about Texas!! I enjoyed learning more about it!

    ~Esther

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      1. 🙂 No, we’re not doing anything special. We were going to go to the beach with some friends, but a new mask order got issued, so that got canceled. They also don’t allow fireworks in our area, which is too bad! 😦 We’re just having a quiet holiday at home this year, but hopefully next year we can get together with friends or something like that! What about you?

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      2. Aw, that’s sad! That’s good that you can do something fun next year though. Our neighborhood allows fireworks, so we’ll probably do those and swim at our neighbor’s house (we’re quarantine-ing with them) and I’m making a flag cake. 🙂

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      3. Yeah! 😉 That’s great; I hope you have a great time!! A flag cake sounds fun! We made a flag cake last year; my sister made a cake using a white cake mix, then we put Cool Whip over it, then put strawberries for the red stripes and used blueberries for stars. 🙂 We’re making a cake today, though not a flag one; just a yellow cake with buttercream frosting!

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  3. Texas seems like a really awesome state. Some of my family on my dad’s side live there, but I’ve never been. (I’ve only gone as far as LA)
    Also, I wanted to do the blog tour because there are so many interesting things about Georgia, but I haven’t been feeling very motivated to write.
    P.s. I hope you get to go to camp.

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  4. I’m sorry about your camp! I know how disappointing that can be 😦
    Anyway, I enjoyed the post! I’ve been to Texas once, but I didn’t know most of those facts. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Oh, I didn’t know that! Cool! I think it originated in Texas and expanded to different states. Same with Dr Pepper, which came from Texas, and so did Buc-cee’s! BBQ and Tex-Mex are also Texas staples lol. 🙂

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  5. Wow! All of these facts are so cool and the pictures are gorgeous! I live in Saskatchewan, (the most difficult to spell ;D) Canada. It was so cool to hear a bit more about where you’re from. 🙂
    ~ Megan

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