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28 Things You Miss About Texas When You Leave

The stars at night, and just about everything else.

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1. Honey Butter Chicken Biscuits.

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Best when paired with Dr. Pepper. And ok, so maybe you can get them in a *few* places besides Texas, but there are 40 Whataburger-deprived states.

2. Those Taco Taco tortillas.

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With a glass of their lemonade.

3. Sunsets that go on forever.

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6. Those long, open roads.*

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*As long as there's no traffic.

7. Local brews in the backyard.

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And because it's Texas, it's almost always warm enough to drink beer on your back porch.

8. Not to mention the local wines.

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9. The grocery store that has everything you could ever want.

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HEB, NYC DESPERATELY NEEDS YOU.

10. And its fancy pants big sister, Central Market.

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11. The movie theater that serves you beer and fresh popcorn.

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And that doesn't let people text through the whole damn thing.

12. Dance halls where you can two-step to live music.

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13. Tubing down the Comal.

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(What you don't miss? That particular sunburn you get on the top of your calves.)

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14. The bathrooms and the snack selection at Buc-ees.

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It's an oasis on those long stretches of Texas freeway.

15. People who don't give you a weird look when you say "y'all."

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16. Your yearly bluebonnet photo session.

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17. Your yearly bluebonnet photo session with your pets.

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Because sometimes you need an excuse to go see the beautiful flowers a second time.

18. The view from the top of Enchanted Rock.

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And climbing it late in the season, when almost no one else is there.

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19. The taste of these guys as they melt in your mouth.

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Especially when they're still a little warm.

20. And the smell of fresh breakfast kolaches.

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21. Eating the only kind of barbecue that counts.

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That beautiful Texas/German tradition.

22. That deep chill you feel floating in Barton Springs.

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23. The blissful warmth of Texas summer sun on your skin.

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(But please wear sunscreen.)

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24. Then the snow cones you savor in the car when you can't stand the heat anymore.

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25. And of course, seeing the Texas flag...

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Texas, no other state compares to you.

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