Texas Warnings and Dangers

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Texas Warnings and Dangers

  • Areas to Avoid

    San Antonio Warnings and Dangers

    No brainer here, but be careful walking along the Riverwalk since there are no railings except where the restaurants are. Our tour guide mentioned the at least 500 people a year fall in and that it was mostly men....LMAO at that one...maybe because of an angry spouse or girlfriend?...HA! Who knows! The river for the most part is only 3 feets, but...

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  • Areas to Avoid / Crime

    Houston Warnings and Dangers

    For those who are relocating here and considering renting a storage or a moving truck , before you rent , do research. There are scams that result in loss of property and money . Be wise and not cheated . Here is some tips and a broader explanation of these new theft crimes . One was recently on the news on what is happening . This is very...

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  • Areas to Avoid / Crime

    Dallas Warnings and Dangers

    It's almost impossible to tell when you've left the cozy confines of Dallas' city limits and ventured into the netherworld of jar headed thugs scrambling around in high powered Tahoes or Chargers looking to keep their respective municipalities in the black by taking as many motorists to the cleaners as possible. Dallas proper is home to the...

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  • Traffic/Driving

    San Antonio Warnings and Dangers

    Avoid San Antonio on Spring Break. Not only was the traffic terrible, the parking is more expensive and the hours for entertainment are the same. I would like to think that businesses would extend hours to accomodate for the time it takes to get there. Very disappointing not to get to see more of this interesting city.

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  • Driving / Traffic

    Houston Warnings and Dangers

    Driving during the early morning in Houston, you might encounter heavy fog. I uploaded a video here on how foggy it was and at times, I could not even see the markings on the freeway signs. In California, I have also driven in very bad foggy situations where you can't even see the car in front of you! But, I noticed that the GPS helped me a lot...

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  • Driving / Traffic

    Dallas Warnings and Dangers

    As you may have heard on the news, locking children in your car is a life-threateningly dangerous thing. In Dallas TX, Pop-A-Lock offers FREE emergency door unlocking for any emergency situation where someone is locked in a vehicle or building. It is a FREE SERVICE offered to the community by Pop-A-Lock. While in Dallas, you should keep the...

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  • General Considerations

    San Antonio Warnings and Dangers

    San Antonio attracts a multitude of visitors over the holidays. Last year we traveled to this lovely historic city to spend Christmas, while his year we celebrated New Year's Eve in its festive embrace. Once the tourists depart, things begin to happen...like the draining of the canal. We were so glad to have enjoyed its beauty and taken our...

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  • Weather Wise

    Houston Warnings and Dangers

    I took some pictures last summer in the MIDDLE OF JULY...and it shows you the size of the hail. Now, you have to know, in July and August the weather does not get below 90 degrees even at NIGHT. So, to see hail like this was simply amazing. It really made me nervous for my car...not to imagine if you have a rental car. And, this storm....probably...

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  • For Your Consideration

    Dallas Warnings and Dangers

    In Dallas I was constantly asked for money. Sometimes it was quite intimidating. People come and give you information and directions whether you want it or not and then ask to be paid for it! A few times we were made to feel guilty with a sob story. We were sometimes followed when we ignored people asking for money and ended up giving them some...

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  • Weather Conditions

    San Antonio Warnings and Dangers

    Even at the very end of September, the temperatures were still hovering in the mid 90s the entire time we were there. The Riverwalk is fairly well shaded and while touring Mission San Jose, the guide made sure to steer us to shade while he was giving his talk but the walk down to the King Williamm Historic District was hot and so was touring the...

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  • Pollution / Other Dangers

    Houston Warnings and Dangers

    Houston is a huge city for hiking and biking . There are forested areas ,parks, and waterways that have bike and hiking paths for those who love the outdoors and are those who love nighttime venturing . Walking and biking at night can be good but dangerous not just from people but animals included mainly dog packs , black cats , bats , wind ferns ,...

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  • Weather Wise

    Dallas Warnings and Dangers

    We really don't see much of a weather change here. From November to March it varies greatly between 30 to 60 degrees. April begins to warm in the 70s/80s. Then we really get HOT......August is 90s and 100s and we don't cool off until October/November. Seldom do we see snow, usually ice when we do get bad weather in the Winter months. ...We did see...

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  • Economics

    Houston Warnings and Dangers

    If you have read this far you would not be entirely remiss in concluding that in the case of Houston, this heading is something of a redundancy. Nevertheless, as long we're here, you might as well know that the oppressive heat and generally insular, narrow-minded, and unimaginative mentality (Houston's motto should be 'Think INSIDE the box') seems...

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  • Allergy sufferers beware

    In about April, the Oak and Willow pollen is everywhere, at least it is in the Austin area. Have lots of allergy medicine and eye drops with you!The Photos show a yellow-green dusting of pollen all over our van in the morning.

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  • If you're going to cross the border....

    into Mexico, do the US inspectors a favor and have proof that you're American with you for when you come back. I mean, think about it, do you really think that a driver's licence proves you're American? And go into Mexico without any ID? Only if you don't want to come back, or get excited by being pat down by a guy with a badge....

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  • Don't Trespass: Private Property!

    When I was driving around the Hill Region of South Central Texas I passed so many beautiful hills, valleys, streams, forests... I kept looking for somewhere to park the car and start hiking and explore the scenery, but everywhere was privately owned, part of some ranch.The only place where hiking was possible were the State Parks.The park ranger at...

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  • Driving in Texas

    If you're driving through or around Texas, please be sure to have with you at all times: a fully-charged cell phone, water, spare tire, a map, and, preferrably, a companion.Texas is HUGE. It's hard to believe just how large it is until you actually are in the middle of it, lost, and no one else is around. It can be scary. The interstates and larger...

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  • Texas Weather

    Most of Texas is relatively warm and dry. Exceptions are the Panhandle, which can get cold in winter, and east Texas and the Gulf Coast, which are often humid and wet. Tornado season runs from March through May in the north Texas plains. Hurricanes are most common in August and September along the Gulf CoastFind more information at...

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  • Fire Ants in Texas

    I'm adding this based on keeweechic's warning about fire ants in Texas. Yes, they are everywhere, and yes, bites definitely burn and keep burning. However, she recommends hot water, which may or may not work (she said you may have to repeat).My cousin-in-law's sister (is that redneck enough for ya?) told him to soak his feet (or whatever part of...

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  • US 287

    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZ.......you know, once you think you have seen it all, you've seen NOTHING yet! I thought that I-81 through Pennsylvania was bad....If you are driving from Amarillo to Dallas-Fort Worth, and you decide to take US 287, be prepared. LLLLOOOONNNNGGGGGG, flat, and ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to see. Sure, there are small towns like Vernon and...

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  • Fire Ants

    This species of insect pest is believed to have arrived here aboard some merchant ship. And what a tragedy that is. They are voracious, aggressive, and capable of inflicting a painful bite. In sufficient numbers, they can even kill. Beware--and watch your step!

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  • Big Spiders

    If you like big hairy spiders, then you will love the tarantula's that we have here in Texas.They really won't bite you unless seriously intimidated.The closer to Mexico you get, the bigger the spiders seem to get also.I saw this little baby in our garage, the other morning. He was small but he already knew how to jump. So I stood back while taking...

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  • Animals in armor

    As you are driving along the highways you may see some of these critters lying dead along side the road. They can move faster than you think but I guess not fast enough.I happened to see something move out in the neighbors yard this spring. I got my bins and sure enough it was a small Armadillo. He looked so cute. I just had to run out and get his...

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  • Heatstroke

    Heatstroke is a very serious situation. Heatstroke occurs when the body is unable to cool itself properly, efficiently, or not at all. Symptoms of heat exhaustion may include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, weakness, headache, muscle cramps, aches, and dizziness. For more information on heatstroke, click on the link below.Be sure you keep yourself cool...

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  • Don't Mess With Texas

    "Don't Mess with Texas" is a slogan you will see and hear often while in the Lone Star State. I have seen it on bumber stickers, highway signs, T-shirts, refrigerator magnets, and many other places. The slogan, while usually said with a grin, reflects the intense loyalty many Texans feel for their state. In fact, I doubt there is another state...

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  • Do not touch

    Of the many Prickly Pear Cacti in Texas, the "Texas Prickly Pear" probably has the prettiest flowers blossoms. Texas prickly pear often grows to 5' and may be erect or spreading. The pads of the cacti are green or blue green, and round to oval shaped and 4-10" long. Spines are yellow, distinguishing the Texas prickly from other varieties, and...

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  • Jellyfish

    Jellyfish stings are a common beach injury. Portuguese men-of-war are the most injurious jellyfish common to Coastal Bend waters. Their ‘‘blue bags” may look pretty, but they sting. Watch your step. Between 30 percent and 40 percent of all jellyfish stings occur after the sea animal has washed up dead. If you find a jellyfish washed up on shore,...

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  • Watch your pet

    There are also American Alligators in south TexasAmerican alligators normally avoid humans, but they can become a nuisance when they establish territories around people. As human populations in Texas continue to expand, there have been an increased number of encounters between people and alligators. Alligators have been known to prey on pets and...

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  • Watch where you step

    Texas has many kinds of snakes. Some are venomous and some non-venomous snakes . It is a good idea to keep an eye out for them wherever you are walking on the trails.

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  • Take care with your valuables.

    Always take care with your purse, wallet, and other valuables, when travelling. Keep travel documents, jewelry, cameras, money, and anything else of value, in a safe place.

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  • Fire Ants

    Be careful walking around any lawn areas in Texas. Certainly don't walk around barefooted. Fire Ants are a big problem in Texas (well not just Texas). Their mounds look like just a clump of earth and not necessarily big. The ants are tiny but with one hell of a bit that can itch for up to 2 weeks. You sure don't want to disturb them. If you do get...

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  • snakes and deer

    snakes are a big deal here in Texas for one thing we have cottonmouths rattle snakes Red Racers Coachwhips Grass snakes and even bull snakes and that is just some of them so when u are walking make sure u have pants on so that when they strike at u, u wont get bite. and if u do get bite seek help emidiatly dont wait carry a cell phone with u just...

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  • Schools Out

    If driving behind a school bus or if one is approaching and stops, you are required by law to stop until the bus retracts its stopping sign and moves on. This is to protect the safety of children disembarking. Beware of required speed in school zones during the 'signed' times.

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  • Traffic fines in a work zone

    As in most US states traffic fines in working area when workers are present are doubled.It's better to obey traffic rules, because the fines can make your vacation much more expensive then planned.For example: Speeding fines start at $70 dollar and goes up to $200.Failure to yield right of way $105.00Ran stop sign, red light, flashing red light...

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  • Morale to the story....Never LIE!

    This probably applies to most anybody...however, Texans really despise liar's. Part of the history of our culture is trusting someone on their word, shaking on it, etc. From a business sense those good old fashioned truths are not reliable however the modern-day Texan may still request things in writing however in their heart they still like to...

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  • roads east of or near interstate 45

    if traveling a road east of interstate 45 or near it and you have car trouble like a flat tire or a broken hose. do not stop to fix it yourself. there is a possibility of being attack by a wild animal. yes wild animal. in parts of texas . there is what many people call the little wild elephants of texas. what these are is the decendants of tame...

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  • Kamakaze Drivers

    If you're thinking of driving, in Texas major cities especially, - DON'T... the freeways are horrendous especially at peak times. Large Semi's and kamikaze drivers are let loose in this fast flowing (or NOT, at times) playground. Forget indicators, even if they are signalling, it maybe showing the wrong way to which they want to go and quite often...

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  • Hail and Tornadoes are real

    Pay attention to the local radio station. A good one will let you know of any serious weather in the making. Serious weather hits in the spring and summer, and late afternoon seems to be a favorite of thunderstorms. Don't get stuck outside!

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  • Beware of the javelinas, a...

    Beware of the javelinas, a curious pig-like creature. Saw a herd of them on the Windows hike and they are quite territorial about just whose trail it is . . .

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  • Pretty crap picture, but...

    Pretty crap picture, but predated the 300mm purchase. November is the breeding season for tarantualas so keep your tent zipped up tight . . .

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  • Avoid the big red ants... they...

    Avoid the big red ants... they are more than likely fire ants and they burn like you know what! And pay attention to the ground if you are on a hike and bike trail, there are a few rattlers and the like, copperheads too, just remember they are as affraid of you and you are of them, so let them be the first to leave the scene and pay attention to...

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  • In the summertime, be sure and...

    In the summertime, be sure and check the Texas weather reports for any possible tropical storms or hurricanes that have a tendency to lurk in the Gulf of Mexico during that time. Also, during the summer the temperatures can reach in the triple digits, so come prepared. For the most part, the winters are mild, but there can be some real wintry...

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  • do stay away from run down...

    do stay away from run down areas in the southern parts of the city,it has a way of becoming a war zone at night.do not go around by yourself when out at night partying,you will be easy pray for criminals ,there are an abundance of police though they are very helpful if you get lost.

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  • Lots of tarantulas and very...

    Lots of tarantulas and very big bugs. Also, When walking away from the Riverwalk you will note many street drunks. However, they never bothered me.

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  • The Heat here usually affects...

    The Heat here usually affects everyone who comes to texas from Cooler climates like myself.Be sure to visit Texas in the Spring or Fall because the summers here can sometimes be life threatening with the Humidity and Stifling heat.Also having a rental car in Texas is a must because Local Bus service is not that great and all Cities in Texas are so...

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