Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Texas Capitol

To expand on our trip into Austin Sunday, here are some photos of our Capitol and the grounds. So take a walk with us up to the Capitol.

A tribute honoring volunteer firemen.

The grounds are filled with oaks; the beautiful, green carpet grass is St. Augustine. St. Augustine requires a lot of water which is why very few of us have it in our yards. Most people have Bermuda or a Buffalo grass variety, all of which is drought tolerant. Since our well water is limited, we have whatever grows naturally. And for the present, it is more dirt than grass since we have been in a drought for years.

On our next trip to the Capitol, I'll pack a picnic lunch. These grounds are so inviting.

A statue honoring those that fought and died at The Alamo.

I did not see a marker explaining why this particular cannon is here; but if I were guessing, it probably represents the cannon that was originally loaned by the Mexican army to the town of Gonzales before the Texas declaration of independence. The Mexicans wanted it back about revolution time; the Texans made a flag that said "Come and Take It." Needless to say, this is one of my favorite retorts. But, hey, I'm a Texan, so what can I say? :D

This is Santiago. He was staying mum as to whether or not he was in favor of government-run health care. No matter, he is just too cute to not include. Check out the goggles. His friend said that they came on his motorcycle and he had not yet removed Santiago's goggles. I could only imagine what would be going on if I had goggles on Luc.

Our Capitol. And wouldn't you know it but we have the largest square footage of all the state capitols and the Texas Capitol is 15 feet taller than the National Capitol. There are a few other state capitols taller than Washington's, so Texas is not the only state that thinks well of itself. lol

I should mention that I am a member of the mob that is getting so much play on the news. This is the reason for our making a trip into Austin. For the record, though, I am not paid, bussed in, or a huge organization member that wants to show up to make a disturbance. I am just an ordinary American that opposes single-payer health care and a government takeover of 1/6th of our privately-owned economy.

Until next time, God bless.


SquirrelQueen said...

The grounds of your state capitol are incredible, it looks like a very large park. I like those walkways and all the greenery.

I have to admit I am way behind on the news and have not hear about this issue (way behind the times). I think I will do a little catching up in that department. Good luck with your efforts.


AL said...

Hi Lynn,

Thank yo so much for touring me around the Texas Capitol, I know it will take a while before I can get there and now I know what places to visit in case I am lucky enough to travel overseas. But for now I will enjoy reading your blogs and looking at the pictures.

Yes you are right, bring some food, that park is really inviting.