Based in Williamson County, Texas, WHY ARE Y'ALL HERE? is a travelog by Spencer Darr. His posts explore Texas counties through photos, maps, music, videos, writing, and--most importantly--interviews with local residents about why we are where we are. Y'all enjoy!

First Shots, Lone Wild Flowers, and The Big Tree Near the Beach

First Shots, Lone Wild Flowers, and The Big Tree Near the Beach

Sometimes in life, doing the "right" thing comes with unexpected rewards at unexpected time. A check for around $300 dollars from the IRS arrived in our mailbox for over payment of taxes from 2014, a year in which I forgot to file and file later. So, I bought two sleeping bags and a 4-person tent and made reservations to camp at Goose Island State Park in Aransas County the coast of the Gulf of Mexico. I often forget that Texas and much of the South has access to the ocean, too. Probably because in the eyes of many East and especially West coasters, it is uglier. As someone who has been seen both the Atlantic and Pacific ocean, I can see their point; I can also see an attempt to cut Texas and its superiority complex down a few notches.

Hey, if the Pacific Ocean is so much more beautiful, then why do Californians keep moving here? Oh, right, because the vast majority of Californians have been priced out of enjoying the gorgeous superior beaches and forced to move to this economically prosperous, yet politically backwards hell hole with its dingy Gulf of Mexico. Maybe no one thinks that. And if they do, I don't give a damn. I'm less than a day's drive from a beach that I can spend the night on/near for 15-30 bucks a night, depending on how "primitive" I want to make my stay.

I tossed my fancy, yet affordable government financed gear into the truck and headed toward the coast.

 

GONZALES COUNTY

 

DEWITT COUNTY

 

VICTORIA COUNTY

 

REFUGIO COUNTY

 

ARANSAS COUNTY

A Dungeon with No Door and A Mission of the Goats

A Dungeon with No Door and A Mission of the Goats

We Yurted: A Journey to the Center of Texas

We Yurted: A Journey to the Center of Texas