I often joke that Cason "came with" great furniture when we got married. He also "came with" a great hometown that I LOVE to visit: Denton! Part of the affection attached to the town is probably how super relaxed we always are when we visit- Bill and Trish always make it so laid back, fun and comfortable. They also have a really neat home in the historic district- very near the town square/courthouse as well as UNT's campus.
We were in north Texas for Amanda and Erik's wedding this weekend (so much fun!!)
We stayed in Denton Friday night and thanks again to mapmyrun.com I had a lovely run on Saturday morning. It was nice- cool and dry- the first hint of fall (NOT experiencing that in Houston yet- on average, I tend to sweat at least one pound of my weight during morning runs. Sick.) Anyway, I got to run by UNT, around the town square and courthouse and back through the historic district. It was also hillier (is that a word?)than I'm used to in Houston, so that was good. Coming down the road, I knew I was home when I rounded the corner and saw the Maginot Line.
What appears to be a tasteful landscape element is REALLY a fortification. As many of you know, Bill is career military. Living in such close proximity to both UNT and the Fry St. bars, my sweet inlaws have unfortunately had their share of intruder cars enter their yard and backyard fence. Bill built the Maginot line (google for WWI reference.) It is composed of bricks, large rocks, old anchors...many things that would prevent a straying car from accidentally running into the house. (Can you see the peripheral anchor by the crape myrtle?) There's more where that came from.
Whether you grab a margarita at Miguelito's, enjoy brunch at the Chestnut Tree, check out Recycled- a fantastic used bookstore in an old opera house or just experience "the Austin of the north," wikipedia (gospel, right?) says "Dentonites take pride in being part of a unique and diverse creative community, and many consider this community to be the primary value of life in Denton that separates it from other Texas cities. Many in the creative community see Denton as the antidote to the ballooning traffic and population concerns of larger cities. The combination of Denton's respected music and art cultures, and the large intellectual population sustained by the town's two universities, which together have a combined enrollment of over 45,000 students, make Denton one of the state's most dominant cultural bases."
Didn't mention that my little Liz began her freshman year as an honors chemical engineering major at UT...we celebrated before she left with a yummy lunch at Niko Niko's. Look at this cute little longhorn!
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