Saturday, August 24, 2013

Unexpectedly Book-ish: West Texas


 What do you think of when you think of West Texas?


 Big sky?


 Amazing sunrises?


Ocotillo?



Covered wagons?  Bears?


Cactus?


You are right. West Texas is all of these things.

But did you know that West Texas is more?
Did you know that West Texas is book-ish?

West Texas is Sul Ross University,
with an enormous children's collection of Western books.


West Texas is, count 'em, one, two, three bookstores.
One is books and rocks both. Wow.


West Texas is a big, beautiful used bookstore inside the public library.


 West Texas is a public library
 named the second best small library in America in 2013.


Cowboys are, apparently, readers.
West Texas is book-ish.


Have you ever been to an unexpectedly book-ish spot?



All photos were taken in July of 2013 in Alpine, Texas.


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28 comments:

  1. Great post! I wouldn't have expected West Texas to be so book-ish. Books and Rocks! How did you two ever leave the shop? Your hair is looking fab BTW but I can't decide from the pictures if it's short and styled, or longer and up.

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  2. We could move to Alpine, Texas. It's perfect for us.

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  3. Thanks, Louise. My hair is short. I always go short and blonde for summer. In the fall I start going a little longer and darker.

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  4. I always enjoy wandering through bookstores and libraries-your haircut is cute.

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  5. I've never been to West Texas, so, have never seen plants and trees like these. I'd love to visit one day.

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  6. Bears? Didn't know that. I've never been to Texas but when I imagine it I think Big!

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  7. I always go to bookstores and libraries wherever I go, Esme. And thank you.

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  8. West Texas is very different from the part of Texas where I live, here along the Texas Gulf Coast. It's big and beautiful there, too, but in a different way.

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  9. Yes, you are right, Leslie, Texas is big. It took us nine hours to get to Alpine and that was driving seventy mph on an interstate all the way.

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  10. I love the photos. I don't think I've ever seen cacti in their natural habitat.

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  11. Great shots that show some true and good Texas scenery! I like to visit bookshops when traveling too. :-)
    Was the weather hot?

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  12. The cacti were beautiful. So mysteriously beautiful.

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  13. The weather was surprisingly cool. Alpine is at 6,000 feet, and maybe that's why it stayed in the low 80's every day.

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  14. Wow! You have really shown us a part of Texas that we don't often see...at least not in the media.

    Thanks for sharing...and for visiting my blog.

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  15. Phew! This is not the Texas that I am aware of... Thank you for sharing so much of information!

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  16. Love the flowering cactus and the library!

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  17. I had no idea! Beautiful skies and amazing cacti.

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  18. Deb, sent you an email re the book win, The Last Camellia. Did you get your book as yet?

    Harvee
    harvee44@yahoo.com

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  19. Yes, it's beautiful. And book-ish. Perfect, really.

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  20. Thanks, Harvee. No, I didn't get it. I'll send you an e-mail.

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  21. Whatever is that plant in the first photo - a tree? Or a cactus? It looks very exotic. This week I've shifted my Snapshot on to my other blog http://goo.gl/4Z1dgf

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  22. Christine, I really don't know what kind of plant that is! I just know it is tall!

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  23. I love this post! It's such fun to find 'bookish' places! And yes, my top three places ... are Rodger's Book Barn in Hillsdale, NY ( http://www.rodgersbookbarn.com/ ), Northshire Bookstore in Manchester VT ( http://www.northshire.com/ ), and the very best place ... the village of Hye-On-Wye in Wales
    ( http://www.hay-on-wye.com/ ). If I can't be in one oof those places, I go to my little public library (http://www.fitzlib.org/ )

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  24. Maybe I need to make a bucket list for book-ish spots to visit, Susan.

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  25. I had to look up where Alpine, Texas, is on Maps. Looks very nice. I drove across Texas on I-10 once, not too far away. I should've taken a detour!

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  26. You're right. I don't think of West Texas as bookish. But I love bookish places.

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  27. I love book-ish places, too, Ti. And it is always cool when a place is unexpectedly so.

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