The truth is that the pics I am posting today were not taken in McKinney. Please don't turn me into the city daily photo blog police! If you do, I think they may take away my membership card or stop paying me to post or something.
These pics were taken last week on a trip we took to Nacogdoches, Texas. We were there just in time to enjoy the Azalea festival. These pics are mostly from the Ruby Mize Azalea Garden.
Nacogdoches prides itself on being the oldest city in Texas. This is actually true if you define "city" and "Texas" just right. It is certainly full of lots of interesting history. It was once part of the independent state of Fredonia, no really! David Bowie owned about 500,000 acres of woodlands in and around Nacogdoches. Stephen F. Austin, also came through here on his way from his home in Little Rock to the settlement he started. That settlement is now known as Austin, Texas, the state capitol.
Stephen F. Austin State University, home of the fighting (or chopping?) Lumberjacks is in Nacogdoches. The picture above is what art students do with the tuition money their parents are spending. My 15 year old daughter informed me that those were vodka bottles. Right after that we had a fairly extensive discussion on just how she came to possess that bit of knowledge.
This is also on the SFASU campus, just next to the football stadium. Seems to be a very nice and relaxing environment for instensive study. But, my guess is that this might be where they prepare the raw material for the bottle tree.
So, I hope you enjoy this non-Mckinney interlude. If you are ever in east Texas and wondering what the heck to do with yourself, visit Nacogdoches!