In Summer, Texas it's always Summer

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Y'all get excited. It's an order! Why are y'all excited you might ask... cause I found my glasses. Ok, y'all ought to be excited about that but that is not the main takeaway. I've mentioned before that I am big with the Girl Scouts. By big I mean that I was a Girl Scout growing up and I'm currently a lifetime member. I spend a lot of my free time with them and I am the Event Coordinator for our Service Unit, or town Girl Scouts, if saying it that way make more sense to ya. In a few weeks we have a leader/daughter campout. I am in charge of the campout and this year I decided to go to a Girl Scout Campsite many of us had not attended. A few years back there was some rezoning within the Girl Scouts and we picked up two new campsites. Camp Gambill is a small camp in Summer Texas about 1 and 45 minutes from my house headed out to North East Texas and up close to the Texas-Oklahoma Border. My Momma kept buggin' me that I needed to go visit the site and scope everything out since I'd never been there. Did I mention that she is the Service Unit Maager. Same as being the President of our town Girl Scouts. She wanted me to go with her and I only agred because Paris Texas is the big town over from the camp. The camp is located in Summer Texas. Summer Texas with a population of 'unincorporated' sits right outside of Paris Texas. Paris has a little over 25,000 people and is also home to the Texas Eiffel Tower. Better known as number 100 on my Travelin' Texan list.

As excited as I was to cross another item off my list, I was also disappointed. I googled and googled about the tower cause I did not want to get lost or miss it. Everything on line said that it was right off the highway and a must stop. The whole drive up I was lookin' and lookin'. Thanks goodness I wasn't drivin'. On the way home I put the address in my navigation and I still didn't see the place. Finally when we arrive I realize that it was right off the highway and the reason I didn't see it at first is because it wasn't nearly as big as I had imagined it to be. It's like seeing the Alamo for the first time. Y'all Texans will know what I mean. As great as it is, it is also a bit disappointing. The Alamo really isn't that big and there really isn't that much to see if we're bein' honest. Texans just love to emblesh things. Don't get me wrong because I love the Alamo, the history and all the people who fought for my great state. But I didn't see it for the first time till I was in middle school. I had dreamed and dreamed of see this place. Y'all don't even understand. I used to drive my parents crazy. Everyone always told me not to get my hopes up but I din't anyway. Then when I finally get there I was all, "umm where's the rest?"





















4 items down, 96 more to go. I really should go back through the list cause I think I can cross a few more off the list. Put that in your pipe and smoke it. Go spread love and have a fabulous day.
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22 comments

  1. That Texas Eiffel Tower is awesome! I'll have to visit it sometime!

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  2. The adventure of trying to find something can be part of the fun sometimes! That is a pretty cool structure!

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    1. As small as it was compared to imagination it really was worth the trip.

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  3. LOL, I remember the first time I saw the Alamo. Was not impressed. It's pretty country up near Northeast Texas. I used to go camping at Lake Texoma.

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    1. So glad someone else understands. Disappointing. And it really is peaceful up in the northern part of Texas. Seems like it would e a great place to retire or get away to

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  4. Totally understand what you mean about seeing the Alamo for the first time!

    -Pristine
    newkidontheloch.com

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    1. Like they in the movie, "Cinderella Story", useless and disappointing. But without the useless part.

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  5. Love the tower and glad you found your glasses.

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  6. The Girl Scouts Rock. No two ways about it.

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    1. I see what you did there and I like your style.

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  7. Love love love your photos! I'm the mama of a brand spankin' new Daisy Scout...can't wait for her to have some of the Girl Scout adventures I had as a kid. :)

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  8. Love the photos you captured it very nicely. I need a picture in front of that tower. I love the girl scouts may let my daughter join next year

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    1. Thank you. I had fun capturing them. And you should let her join. So much fun. I'm always here to answer questions if you have them.

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  9. I have yet to make it to the Alamo... At least now I know to not expect too much. LOL I'm going to have to add the tower to my list of places to check out when I am able to go road trippin!

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  10. I try not to become over excited by things that I've hyped up in my head. It does tend to lead to disappointment. But the big takeaway is you wanted to do something / see something and you did it, which is outstanding. Most people just have the list, you are actively marking things off of yours.

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    1. I like how you put that last bit. Makes me sound better an more pro-active than I can be at times. Thanks

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  11. Great pics. Yes, when we went to Paris, my teenage daughter said, " THIS IS IT?"

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    1. #TheStruggle is real. I was a bit of a let down. My mom was filming and taking the pics for me and she just kept laughing. She was also afraid of looking like a tourist but it was ok cause everyone their had stopped off from the HWY to look and take a pic.

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  12. I so know what you mean about the Alamo. But the Riverwalk...that was something else. More than met my expectations.

    Would love to see that tower some-time. :-)

    Would you like to share this on Wherever Wednesday? It's exactly the kind of local color we love on the linky. http://texifornia.blogspot.com/2013/12/this-is-wherever-wednesday.html

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  13. Man, I've only been to Texas once. I visited Grapevine, Texas a few years back and really wish I could have seen more. Folks always say everything is so much bigger in Texas lol. I've never seen the Alamo nor have I seen the Texas Eiffel Tower, but I have experienced that heat! Oh my goodness it was so hot and it was only April lol. Hopefully I will be able to travel a bit more in the future and see some of these sights on your list.

    Beautiful pictures, btw :-)

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