Brag about your state

I very much enjoy seeing where everyone is from around the USA. Whereas we have traveled to many states in the US we do have our favorites.

I thought it would be fun and a positive experience to hear about why you think YOUR state is GREAT! Don’t be modest, brag it up. You could be so inspiring that maybe we’d all want to move there.

There is basically 1 rule, no political or party reasons, we all know that stuff already anyway.

So, TEXAS, that’s our home state. We are here in the central Texas “Hill Country” as it’s called. There are amazing rolling hills and awesome vistas to enjoy while driving. There are lots and lots of winery’s popping up all over the place. So if you like wine you’ll be in heaven touring all the winery’s. In the spring we have a the most beautiful wildflower season. San Antonio has Sea World, 6 Flags a nice zoo, The RiverWalk through downtown which leads right up to Alamo, wow!

One of our most favorite places to go is the giant water park Schlitterbaun. If you come to central Texas in the hot summer, make plans to hit this park.

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I wanted to brag about our governor being the biggest arsehole next only to the blue whale’s anus but that would be insensitive.

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Well @Fizbin from one Texan to another, we know what makes our state great. So I will share my view from the far west. Here in El Paso, TX we have a very different climate. Here is my best shot at bragging. I hope I didn’t go overboard, LOL :crazy_face:

Here we have weather like 10 inches of rain, on average, per year. The US average is 38 inches of rain per year. 3 inches of snow per year. The US average is 28 inches of snow per year. On average, there are 297 sunny days per year in El Paso. The US average is 205 sunny days. El Paso gets some kind of precipitation, on average, 43 days per year.

Here is a little history. El Paso was founded as El Paso del Norte (at what is now Ciudad Juárez, Mexico) by Spanish Franciscan friars, was was considered part of New Mexico under Spanish Conquerors and was tied economically to Santa Fe, New Mexico. the Keystone Wetlands and Hueco Tanks sites indicates thousands of years of human settlement within the El Paso region. Juan de Oñate, was the New Spain, born in present-day Zacatecas, Zacatecas, Mexico, first explorer to arrive at the Rio Grande near El Paso. where a Mass in thanksgiving for reaching the water of the Rio Grande was celebrated, on April 20, 1598. Here in El Paso, we consider this the first thanksgiving.

Texas has been ruled or governed under six flags, hence six flags theme parks. Here are the six flags over Texas.

Spain

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France

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Mexico

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The Republic of Texas

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The Texas Confederacy

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The United States of America (50 star flag)

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I have multiple states to discuss. I was born in Minnesota, lived most my life in Wisconsin, and have called our current address “home” longer than any other in our 34-year+ marriage.

Minnesota and Wisconsin are both lovely in the summer and fall, and were both great places to be a kid and raise one. From both, I have developed a deep connection to the land, to wilderness, and to farmers.

I now live in Florida, where I expect to spend whatever time God gives me to the end of my days. Had I known how much I was going to love Florida, I would have packed my belongings and a sleeping bag, and stuck my thumb out to head South the day after I graduated from high school. I enjoy the people here - though most are from elsewhere, all seem to have adopted what I consider to be Southern hospitality and warmth. I have made good friends in the past nine years, faster than anywhere else. The weather? I don’t miss those Midwestern winters one single bit, and Florida’s summers are not more intense than the Midwest, merely longer.

I have been fortunate to travel widely, for one never in the military: more than 40 states, and a dozen other countries, missing only the continents of Africa and Australia. Of the entire world, I would still choose to be born in and live nearly my entire life in the USA, as I have. Of the entire country, I would be happy to call anywhere in about a dozen states “home,” but I have come to love Florida, and here we’ll stay, God willing.

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Alabama, aside from our superiority in college football, is known for building rockets. We have the United Launch Alliance plant in Decatur.

For the most part, everybody has manners, is courteous and willing to help people.
It’s also full of sheepdogs, more than likely 1 out of every 5 people you see in public are carrying a weapon since 20 percent of our population has concealed carry permits. That makes it a pretty safe place to live.

It’s a great place to get outdoors and hike, camp, and do some 4 wheeling. It’s one of only 3 places in the world where you can see dismalites (glow worms).

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I currently live in southeast Texas, I have lived in this region most of my life. We have lake Sam Rayburn that’s well know for excellent bass fishing. Beaumont/Port Arthur area which is home to the largest producing refinery in the US (Motiva), Valero, Total, Exxon; we also have hundreds of other refineries and chemical plants that help fuel and make products throughout the world, and provides thousands of jobs for anyone that wants them. In 2017-current it is the busiest area for petroleum inspection in the country. Also amazing waterfowl hunting in the bayous. Next, we have the Galveston/Bolivar area. Home to some of the biggest redfish I have ever been blessed to catch (shortest one last time I went was 45"). Great tourist destination lots of delicious food great bars! Holla Fish Tales!! Also, we have our own battleship, USS Texas, out in Pasadena! Out near Eagle Lake/El Campo is some of the best waterfowl hunting in the state!(IMO). Palacios and Matagorda share West Matagorda bay, which is great fishing redfish, trout, and flounder to name a few. Also a good spot to go if you are a member of CCA and participate in the star tournament, just saying… Exceptional kayak and Wade fishing. If a battleship wasn’t enough for you, hang on to your britches, because we also have an aircraft carrier! The home of the USS Lexington is in Corpus Christi :loudspeaker::mega:. Almost forgot…we have the best BBQ, the Shiner Boch beer festival, the kolache festival, and the Houston livestock show and rodeo. There’s stuff I’m missing, but only Chuck Norris (lives in Texas) can list everything in one go!

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Fun fact… A blue whale’s fart bubble can engulf a horse… thanks Google!!

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What can I say about the Hampton Roads, VA U.S.A., the 757. I love it here because we have the normal 4 seasons. There are a lot of places to eat, the food is good, we have a lot of decent shooting ranges. I love to go to Virginia Beach once in a while with my lovely wife Star. I mean just like everything else there are some bad things like homicides, robberies, OH wait a minute we are supposed to be bragging I am sorry. LOL :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye: :crazy_face: But I love life here and there are good people here. A lot of God fearing people. This is better and calmer than when I lived in N.Y.C. People actually say thank you when you hold doors for them. We have some nice water amusement parks. But most of all the 9 years I have been here me and my wife been happy. There is also some good fishing and hunting grounds. I can keep writing but I will save some when this topic comes up again.

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What’s unknown in Texas is the fact that all the Cali liberals are running to Texas and if they vote the way they did in Cali, Texas may start to slip from it’s conservative moorings. Democrats seem to think Texas is in play for them in 2020. That remains to be seen.

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Mississippi “The Magnolia State”

I’ll list a few awesome things about Mississippi:

  1. Mississippi gave the world Blues music which has inspired countless musicians and forms of music that’s continues to inspire the world over. From the likes of the one and only BB King to the legend of the crossroads, this is one of the things I’m most proud of as a citizen.

  2. Root Beer. Barq’s root beer was invented in Biloxi, MS.

  3. The term “Teddy Bear” originated from a Teddy Roosevelt hunting trip in MS.

  4. Walter Payton, Brett Farve, Jerry Rice, Lance Alworth, Archie Manning, Steve McNair and many others.

  5. Dudy Noble Field!

  6. Jimmy Buffett, Oprah Winfrey, James Earl Jones, William Faulkner, Jim Henson

  7. MORGAN FREEMAN

  8. We taught the world how to count “One Mississippi, Two Mississippi…”

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Are you allowed to be called a Texan and suggest willing moving out of The Great Republic of Texas? :rofl: (lived in San Antonio for 4yrs, it’s a great State!)

My home State of Nebraska…the sign on I-80 says it all…The Good Life…

Relatively quite, lots of hunting/fishing/camping opportunities. Friendly people and fantastic college sports program (Nebraska Cornhuskers). You get all four seasons, and the pan handle has plenty of hills and other interesting geographic features and counter to popular belief there is plenty of woodland there (it’s the home of Arbor Day after all).

I highly recommend a visit in the fall and catching a home football game (whenever that starts back up). Make sure you plan all day, and spend some time in downtown Lincoln’s Haymarket (and make a trip to the State capital building, one of the coolest in the Country). Or take a summer fishing trip to one of the fantastic lakes in the State.

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Here, in 7th grade, we have Texas history as a class. I remember my teacher tried to get us to count “one Texas, two Texas” instead of the tried and true Mississippi method…it didn’t go well. Just can’t argue the scholars in Mississippi!

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Wisconsin! Home of USCCA! Nuff said!!!

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And cheese! Not an insult…I like cheese. Also the home of the ice cream sundae and the Harley Davidson museum.

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I know a lot of negativity can be said about Washington State . Yes, it rains, in Western Washington. With the beautiful rain forest and the Olympic mountains have such beauty and are very majestic. There are hot springs up there that are perfect for bathing in. The Puget Sound is an inlet of the ocean with an occasional killer whales swimming through. Excellent salmon fishing and the Dungeness crab is so good to eat. Heading east you will run into the Cascade mountain range with Mount Baker, Mount Rainier at 14,000 ft level, Mount Saint Helens, and Mount Adams. Havent ran into any Big Foot but there is that. Rolling over the mountain range you enter eastern Washington were the climate changes as well as the terrain. With the high mountain desert and the rolling hills as you enter farming land. Filled with apples, cherries, peaches, hops for 1/3 of the worlds brewing companies. The Columbia River rolls through like a snake with a wide girth of water slowly rolling through. From ocean to the Spokane valley is 350 miles and you have so many different types of terrain. So, if you want to go to the ocean it is not a big deal. The you can head up to the mountains and take in some mountain lakes with fishing and hiking. If you like hunting we have elk on both sides of the state. Western Washington has black tail deer and eastern Washington has White tail and Mule deer. Mountain goats, bear, grouse, pheasant and duck hunting available too. The temperature here is moderate. It does not stay cold and snowy for but a short time then it is gone. As well as the sunshine. In one day it can be sunny then snow and the rain. It is always green in Western Washington with the evergreen trees thus the name, the Evergreen State. We joke about road trips, the views are great if you like trees. When you do get a view it usually is a doozy! When we do see the Mountain you will hear locals say, the mou

ntain is out today!

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…and Harley-Davidson! :motorcycle:

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Best place in the world for reloading fleet ballistic missile submarines. I experienced the lush beauty of Bremerton and Puget Sound, as whales escorted us to port.
I saw a tree once, while growing up in Brooklyn, who knew they grew so tall. Loved it there. However, I prefer a lot more sun :sunglasses:

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Don’t forget the “Redneck Riviera” of the Gulf Coast in Alabama. Deep Sea fishing is something you just have to experience, of course we also have the Talladega Speedway, but tucked away around the speedway is a world class outdoor range Talladega Civilian Marksmanship Park.

Alabama has a little bit of everything for those willing to get off the beaten track a bit.

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And you have Fort Rucker, AL. Proud home of Army Aviation. Many, many trips there over the years.

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I wouldn’t live anywhere else in the country than Florida. It has just enough of everything that is important without going overboard. I don’t open carry and never would even if it was legal here. Open carry only makes a person a target not only from Criminals but also from people that don’t agree with your opinions on gun rights. Besides, the last time I looked, it 's no longer 1880. Back then the people were much more intelligent and could responsibily handle it.

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