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February 19, 2015

Winter Trip

Winter Trip to Texas and New Mexico

A wonderful trip to Texas and New Mexico. I was invited to propose the toast "To The Immortal Memory of Robert Burns" at the Heather and Thistle Society of Houston, Texas on Saturday January 24, 2015. A great honor. This was followed by the rededication of the Burns Bust in Hermann Park on the Bard's 259th Birthday on January 25, 2015.

We then set off on a road trip around Texas. 3600 miles. Texas is a BIG place. We visited Dallas, Fort Worth, Amarillo and Canyon before arriving in Lubbock Texas on the Anniversary of the death of Buddy Holly. It was incredible. The Welcome we received from Buddy's friends and family blew us away. The following day we were shown around the recording studio in Clovis, New Mexico where Buddy and Roy Orbison made many recordings. Later in the trip, we visited Roy's Museum in his hometown of Wink, Texas.

We had a few days in New Mexico at Roswell, White Sands, Las Cruces and Carlsbad. And we visited the National Parks at Guadalupe Mountains, Carlsbad Caverns and Big Bend.

We headed back across the desert of West Texas to visit the cities of Fredericksburg, Austin, San Antonio and Corpus Christi before returning to Houston.

We visited the 3 Presidential Libraries in Texas: LBJ in Austin, Bush41 in College Station and Bush43 in Dallas. All very interesting and beautifully presented.

I'd like to thank all the wonderful people we met along the way. Texans are lovely welcoming people. And thanks to my family in Houston for your hospitality. Thank You to the Heather and Thistle Society for the invitation to speak at your Burns Supper. Texas has earned our sincere respect. Thank Y'All.

I bought a cowboy hat and boots to take home to England. I will wear them on July 4 and Thanksgiving. Our next trip in the USA will probably be January/February 2017 when we hope to explore and visit the 3 National Parks in the Great State of Florida.

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