Judge Roy Bean

Born in Kentucky, Phantly Roy Bean Jr. was an American saloon-keeper and Justice of the Peace in Val Verde County, Texas. Located in a desolate patch of the Chihuahuan Desert, his saloon served both as entertainment and as a court. Judge Roy Bean proudly called himself “The Only Law West of the Pecos”. An hour’s drive from Del Rio, we stopped to visit the museum and find out more about this colorful character.

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San Antonio, Texas

There is so much history in San Antonio! “Remember The Alamo,” they say; the 18th-century Spanish mission is preserved as a museum, and marks the 1836 battle for Texan independence from Mexico. The River Walk is definitely my favorite–the pedestrian promenade along the San Antonio River offers quaint and delicious respites along the way in local cafes and shops. For local artistry, head to historic La Villita, San Antonio’s first neighborhood.

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Austin, Texas

Austin is a FUN city, especially for live music enthusiasts (think Austin City Limits and South by Southwest music festival). Spectacular natural elements provide the perfect background to a vibrant and hip city, capturing our interest and awe instantly.

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Houston and Galveston, Texas

Mighty Texas weather might unleash some nasty storms even in the dead of winter, so we watched the forecast carefully before leaving Louisiana early January 2019. We postponed our arrival into Houston for a day, allowing for a tornado-filled storm front to pass.

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