If you’ve been following along with my blog, you’ll know I initially started it when I went with my friends Debra and Morgan on a perimeter tour of the great state of Texas, which was featured on Texas County Reporter. A few weeks later, my husband, two dogs, and I took a trip around Brewster County, the largest county in the state. In mid-October, my friends Sarah, Jill, and I shared a virtual tour of the Texas Lakes Trail Region, which encompasses the Dallas/Fort Worth area and beyond.
As someone who is a gypsy at heart, I had the desire to once again travel around my beloved Lone Star State. This time, I took a couple of day trips and drove a significant portion of the Texas Forts Trail Region from my home in San Angelo, which also happens to be one of the cities in the region.
I thought I’d do a couple of shout-outs to my community. We’ll start at the Visitor Center, located along the Concho River. The statues, found at the back of the center, represent the namesakes of our city – Las Dos Angelas.
Home to E.V. Spence Reservoir, Robert Lee is located along the Colorado River in Coke County in the southwestern portion of the Region, west of Bronte and offers excellent wildlife watching, like these white-tailed deer.
Probably most well known as the home to Perini Ranch Steakhouse, Buffalo Gap, south of Abilene, has a population of under 500. Look for the giant armadillo inside the entrance to the restaurant. While my husband is a big steak guy and I love it, too, I have to say I enjoyed one of the best burgers I’ve ever had at this incredible restaurant in west Texas.
Calling itself the “Greatest Little Town in Texas,” Ballinger has an exceptional little downtown. One thing that isn’t small is the 99-foot cross just outside the community. You can see it for miles.
A little trivia for you…did you know Bonnie Parker of Bonnie and Clyde fame was born in Rowena?
Located just down the road from San Angelo is the small town of Christoval. It’s a beautiful community along the Concho River. Some of the places I’d highly recommend you visit are Christoval Vineyards for some great wine and the Mount Carmel Hermitage, where you’ll find a beautiful display of the Stations of the Cross.
While I know there are more places to see in the Texas Forts Trail Region, unfortunately, I don’t have time to see them all right now. Hopefully, what you’ve seen on my page this weekend will give you a good start. Thanks for coming along with me.
I’ve worked in the travel industry for more than 25 years and I’ve been known to wander all my life. I’ve lived in more than 20 cities and towns and had the opportunity to experience a variety of people and places, introducing me to different cultures and allowing me to make friends along the way. I also majored in English in college. I don’t claim to be an excellent writer, proofreader, or grammar queen. I’m an amateur photographer and enjoy sharing the beauty of places I visit and and where I live.
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