Winter wonderlands are hardly clichÃ© in Texas.
Thatâ€™s why drivers freak out when the flurries start to fall. We donâ€™t know how to drive (or walk!) in icy or snowy conditions. Northerners like to laugh when us southerners become incapacitated by the weather, but thatâ€™s like a teen laughing at a baby for not walking more gracefully. They get a LOT more practice with it than we do, so for us, itâ€™s still new.
But despite all that taunting, we have something they donâ€™t when it comes to snow â€“â€“ a child-like awe when even the slightest flake falls. Itâ€™s still magical to us. Or at least more magical.
This week, friends across the state had the chance to experience the snow. Texas Department of Transportationâ€™s Travel Services Section has 12 travel information centers at various entry points across the state. Our friends at the Texarkana, Waskom and Denison travel information centers shared some of their snow photos and stories, so I thought Iâ€™d share.
Waskom travel counselors made use of the ice melt they had on hand and made their own shovels (not like snow shovels are easy to find in Texas!).
â€œMost travelers enjoyed the snow and someone made a snowman on our grounds,â€ says Waskom travel counselor Donna Watson.
Even in our glee, we understand that snow comes with some inconveniences, too.
Waskom Travel Information Center Supervisor Melissa Wilson says, â€œSome of my employees didn't have electricity at their homes. They had to fix their â€˜Texas hairâ€™ at the center.â€
Wilson added, â€œWe've had several Winter Texans say they left their homes, up north, to come to Texas, so they could get away from the snow.â€ One Winter Texan said, â€œIt must have followed them from Pennsylvania."
For that, weâ€™re (sort of) grateful.
By the way, if you have not visited a Texas Travel Information Center, please make a point to stop by. They are informational havens â€“â€“ with sophisticated, and locally-inspired architectural designs â€“â€“ that serve the traveling public. The travel information centers also just happen to be staffed by some of Texasâ€™ best ambassadors.
You can find a list of Texas Travel Information Centers here.