Amazing Natural Attractions in Texas You Should Visit

While many people outside of Texas imagine our state as simply rolling hills of desert and grass, here in the Lone Star State we know better. Our home has a wide and varied landscape that leads to some spectacular sights. Here are some of the best natural attractions in Texas to visit on your next adventure.

Balmorhea State Park

Take a weekend trip to Toyahvale to take a swim in the crystal clear, spring-fed waters. Once you experience what swimming in natural spring water feels like, you won’t ever want to swim in a harsh chlorinated pool again.

Devil’s River

Catch a glimpse of the beautiful blue waters found in the Devil’s River. It is located in remote Del Rio, which makes it one of the cleanest rivers in the state—an ideal place to go fishing.

Big Bend National Park

This park is located right along the border with Mexico. Here you can take in the breathtaking sights of a lone mountain range surrounded by desert. You may even catch glimpses of the hundreds of bird species who call this area home.

Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we love taking in the natural beauty of Texas and are proud to call this state our home. What is your favorite natural attraction in Texas?

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The Texas Road Trip of Hidden Beaches

What’s more summery than a trip to the beach? How about a road trip! This Texas road trip will let you combine two summer traditions by taking you to the Lone Star State’s best hidden beaches.

Surfside Beach

If you’re starting near Midland Buick GMC Cadillac in Midland or at another inland location, give yourself a day or two to drive to the coast. Then, make Surfside Beach your first stop. This beautiful beach will let your drive your GMC truck right onto the sand, and is the perfect spot for a bonfire or even a night of camping.

Matagorda Bay

Head south along the coast to arrive at Galveston where you’ll take a ferry to Matagorda Bay. This nature preserve island is the perfect place to find some peace and quiet, or to take a kayak out for some up-close encounters with local wildlife.

San Jose Island

Further south you’ll find San Jose Island, a peaceful coastal spot with plenty of room to breathe and dip your toes in the water.

If you want more secluded Texas beaches, you can keep your road trip going all the way down to the Rio Grande Delta. You’re guaranteed to find many of your own special spots that you’ll want to return to every summer from here forward.

 

Best Texas Campgrounds

For many Texas families, it’s just not summer yet until you’ve taken a good camping trip. Get things underway by visiting one of these excellent Texas campgrounds.

Fritch Fortress Campground

Fritch is just a four hour drive north from Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, which seems just right for a weekend getaway. Located near Lake Meredith, this campground offers plenty of breathtaking views and fun outdoor activities. It’s also perfect for family trips thanks to its accommodations like trash services, fresh water, and showers. Plus, it’s free!

Bolivar Flats

Bolivar is much farther away from Midland, but the journey is worth it for the beach camping. Pack plenty of food and water and your favorite water toys, because with a $10 permit you’re allowed to drive right onto the beach to set up your campsite there.

Camp Creek Recreation Area

This site is in the same direction as Bolivar, but much closer. Camp Creek is a beautiful place to spend a few days, and also features amenities like fire pits, picnic tables, and grills for easy meal preparation. The land is covered in pecan trees, filled with deer and other wildlife, and welcoming to visitors in every sense of the word!

July Events in Midland

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Now that summer is here, there will be plenty of things to do all season long. If you are looking for some fun July events in Midland to add to your calendar, check out this list.

The 69th Season of Summer Mummers. Catch this hilarious show that takes you back to the summer of ’69 as performed by the Midland Community Theatre. The show runs all summer long, every weekend.

Pops in the Park. Celebrate Independence Day with a great live concert at Comanche Trail Park on July 3rd in nearby Big Spring. You can start heading to the park at 5pm to take your pick from a variety of food vendors. Then, there is a pre-show at 6pm and the symphony and fireworks will start at 8:30pm.

Movies in the Park. Throughout the summer, there will be a free movie series hosted by the Odessa Parks Foundation. On July 8th, catch the Jungle Book at Lawndale Park. Then, head to UTPB Park on July 22nd for an outdoor showing of Jurassic Park.

Midland Downtown Farmers Market. Every Saturday from 8:30am through 12:30pm, head out to the Farmers Market to pick up some delicious locally-grown and prepared food. Find everything from carrots, to bread, to jams, and more.

Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we hope to see you and your family at some of these fun events.

Best Ways to Spend Summer in Texas

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Summer in Texas is a beautiful thing. While it may be flaming hot most of the time, here are four places you can visit to help you take your mind off the heat.

Devil’s River. Head to Del Rio to take in the sights of the picturesque Devil’s River. Head to the bank, and stick your feet in the cool, clear water.

BSR Cable Park. Want to spend a day relaxing in the water? You can’t do much better than the world’s longest lazy river found at BSR Cable Park in Waco.

Barton Springs Pool. If you like the idea of swimming in a lake or river, but not the idea of what’s hiding under the water, try the Barton Springs Pool in Austin. This is a man-made swimming pool that looks more like a lake. It is filled with natural spring water, some small fish, and even some water plants.

Burger’s Lake. When you visit this lake in Fort Worth, the whole family is guaranteed to have fun. It comes equipped with water slides, a trapeze swing to jump in the water, and so much more.

Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we love our Texan summers. What is your favorite way to spend the summer?

Hiking in Midland: Find Trails Near You

Hiking in MidlandNow that summer is right around the corner and the temperatures are warming, it’s the perfect time to get out and explore trails in the area. Hiking is a great way to get exercise while also experiencing the great outdoors, and many find it incredibly rewarding. Plus, if you need a car to go on your next adventure, you can easily find one at Midland Buick GMC. Read on to learn more about hiking in Midland.

According to All Trails, one of the top trails in the area is the I-20 Wildlife Preserve. This easy trail is perfect for beginners looking for scenic views. There are a range flora and fauna in the preserve, including butterfly, hawks, bobcats, porcupines, and turtles, among other things.

Beal Park is especially friendly for young kids. This park has a cricket field, baseball, grilling, fishing, and more. There is also a windmill and elevated tank, making this park a one-stop location for summer fun. Visit today to see what else makes this location truly special.

Finally, check out the Windlands Park Loop Trail. This short 0.8-mile loop has light traffic as well as wildlife, and its perfect for walking. Dogs are welcome as long as they are on a leash, and this park also offers wide-open spaces for running as well. Visit one of the many great trails in Midland today.

Four Tips for Spring Cleaning

Four Tips for Spring Cleaning

Spring symbolizes rebirth and fresh starts, which is why this season has cleaning and organization on everyone’s mind. If you’re looking to get your surroundings in order, check out some of our favorite spring cleaning tips from Midland Buick GMC Cadillac.

 

Remove Out-of-Reach Dust

Thanks to all of the beautiful new blooms and pollen, spring can be a rough time of year for those with allergies. Don’t let dust add to that issue. Spend a day cleaning hard-to-reach places like the tops of door frames, ceiling fans, and book shelves.

 

Use Your Dishwasher

This hard-working machine doesn’t have to be just for dishes. Fill yours with things like light fixtures, vases, toys, or anything else that could benefit from a gentle rinse.

 

Remove Dust from Upholstery

The quickest way to get rid of dirt, fur, dust, and debris is by using rubber gloves. Run your gloved hands under water, pat them dry so that they’re damp, and then run your hands over chairs, couches and rugs to collect debris.

 

Clean Around Your Stove

Use special degreasing kitchen cleaner to scrub away the grease that has built up from cooking. People are more likely to cook if their kitchen is clean and welcoming. With fresh spring and summer produce lingering on the horizon, there’s no better time than now to get that stovetop ready.

Looking Forward to Warm Weather? Here’s Some Spring Car Prep Tips

Spring Car Prep
March is here and spring has sprung. Here are some spring car prep tips to get you started on taking care of your vehicle.

March is here and spring has sprung, which means for a lot of people, it’s time to check some things off your list of spring cleaning and maintenance. Here are some spring car prep tips to get you started on taking care of your vehicle.

Wash Your Car

Winter leaves all kind of dirt and grime on cars that you wouldn’t even realize – for example, salt stuck up in the undercarriage, or dirt left behind by snow. Give your car a thorough spring cleaning to make it shine again.

Don’t Overlook Your Wipers

Spring means rain, which means you should probably swap out your wiper blades and refill the wiper fluid reservoir.

Inspect Your Tires

Check tread depth on your tires and also make a point to fill them up to the recommended tire pressure; cold temperatures cause tires to deflate faster.

Have Your Battery Tested

Tires aren’t the only thing cold temperatures mess with. Battery capacity also suffers through the winter, so you should have a shop run a diagnostics test on the strength of your car battery to see if you should get it replaced.

Get Your Oil Changed

Oil is the lifeblood of your vehicle’s engine. If you changed it in the fall, it’s about time to have another oil change after the winter months.

Here at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac, we take spring car prep seriously. If you need any service, don’t hesitate to call us.

Five Common St. Patrick’s Day Myths Debunked

St. Patrick’s Day Myths
Not everything you’ve hear about St. Patrick’s Day is true. We’ve decided to bust a few St. Patrick’s Day myths to spread some little-known knowledge.

As with any holiday, there are lots of ideas and preconceptions surrounding St. Patrick’s Day that people don’t know about or just flat-out aren’t true. We’ve decided to bust a few St. Patrick’s Day myths to spread some little-known knowledge.

Myth: St. Patrick Was Irish

Reality: St. Patrick was from Britain, which was at the time a part of the Holy Roman Empire. He was kidnapped at 16 and taken to Ireland as a slave.

Myth: Parades Have Always Been a Part of the Festivities

Reality: The first St. Paddy’s Day parade happened in the United States to honor Irish soldiers in the English army.

Myth: St. Patrick Used the Shamrock to Explain the Trinity

Reality: It’s a popular legend that St. Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to converts in Ireland, but there’s no historical documentation proving this.

Myth: Leprechauns Have Always Been Short, Green-Clad Men

Reality: While the word Leprechaun comes from “luchorpan,” which translates to “little body,” the term originally described native water spirits and eventually got crossed with multiple other legends from fairy folklore.

Myth: Corned Beef and Cabbage is An Irish Dish

Reality: Pork and potatoes is a more authentic, traditional dish. Corned beef and cabbage originated in the United States when poor Irish immigrants used Jewish corned beef to flavor their cabbage by boiling them together.

See a St. Patrick’s Day myth you thought was interesting? We at Midland Buick GMC Cadillac are glad to help you out.

Best Movies To Watch On Valentine’s Day With Your Significant Other

Valentine’s Day is a day set aside for couples to celebrate their love for one another. Going out together, a few cocktails and a refined meal — that can be fun. However, a night in can be just as fulfilling. Here’s a list of the best movies to watch on Valentine’s Day with your significant other…

Dirty Dancing
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Dirty Dancing

No one says you have to watch an Oscar-winning arthouse movie on Valentine’s Day. And Dirty Dancing is definitely not that. But it’s a lot of fun, and for many people, a nostalgic favorite. Maybe you and your partner can practice some of the moves!

As Good As It Gets

Couples that laugh together, stay together. So why not watch one of the greatest, funniest romantic comedies on Valentine’s Day? As Good As It Gets features great writing, memorable characters and one of the best lines ever. Hint: it happens when Helen Hunt’s character demands a compliment from Jack Nicholson’s character.

Before Sunrise

Ever dream of spending a night wandering in Vienna only to fall suddenly and madly in love with a French woman (or man, if you insist)? Watch those dreams come to life in Before Sunrise, a beautifully-shot and memorable romantic film. The chemistry between actors Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy is palpable.

 

If you happen to be single on Valentine’s Day, do not watch these movies. You may want to try something more like this.