In Texas, we're very proud of our state, and it shows in our neighborhoods. See for yourself by counting the number of houses in your neighborhood that have some type of lone star, Texas flag or other Texas symbol in the yard, on the door, attached to a barn, crafted into a fence....the options for displaying a little piece of Texas are endless.
Odds are, multiple homes in your neighborhood have a Texas display somewhere on their property! It might be a Lone Star hanging on the fence, or a Texas flag flying right up there at the same height as the American flag.
Fun Fact: Because Texas was its own country once upon a time, we can fly our flag as high as Old Glory is. No other state can fly their flag at the same height.
I haven't seen this type of state pride anywhere else. In fact, I just got back from a trip to Tennessee and made a point to look for any types of state flags or other state symbols for every single yard/house I passed during the entire trip.
Guess what I saw? I saw zero depictions of Tennessee, but I saw several distinct LONE STARS! They weren't as plentiful as here in Texas, but there are definitely Texans living in Tennessee and the lone stars proudly displayed on their doors advertise that they want you to know they're from Texas. Amazing!
Since the kiddos and I did this activity, we definitely notice any sign of Texas no matter where we are...and it's fun to point it out!
If you come across a set of shark teeth at the lake, don't worry...there really aren't any sharks living in our man-made fresh water lake that has no direct access to the ocean! Since we used to be under water millions of years ago, Lake Texoma is a great place to find fossils of sea creatures that no longer roam our planet.
In particular, Ammonites are plentiful here. An ammonite was related to squids and octupus, but they had a round shell. They lived on earth between the Cretaceous Perios and the Devonian Period and became extinct around the same time that dinosaurs disappeared. In case you're doing the math, they lived here between 66 million - 419 million years ago.
Tucked away on a busy little road in Denison, Texas is a magical place where nature lovers can slip into their happy place. While browsing through their wide variety of blooming flowers and plants, be careful because you might bump into some chickens. Or a turkey. Or a rabbit. Or even a tortoise.
It's interesting to see the how the journey of a United States President began. Born in Denison, Texas, Dwight D. Eisenhower is one of two United States Presidents actually born in Texas. He came into the world inside the bottom bedroom of this cute little two story house. Going inside the house is a glimpse of how hard life was back then, even though I do believe they enjoyed most of the creature comforts of the time period.