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Road trip fun: A wrong turn can be ok

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It’s summertime in Texas and maybe you are considering a road trip. It is a tradition as old as cars themselves.
It could be two weeks or just a three-day weekend, but it gives you a chance to breathe easy with no demands on your time. Say good-bye to work, phone calls, email, house cleaning, grocery shopping and hit the road.
Road trips are reminiscent of the Route 66 era as it rolled through small towns, and gave birth to quirky motels, and bizarre roadside attractions. It was the “Main Street of America” because it spanned the country until the Interstate Highways made it obsolete.
My husband, Keith and I have been on a National Park binge for our vacations during the last eight or nine years, but we also love a quick weekend jaunt up a highway we have never traveled.
I’m a crazy planner when it comes to vacations. I only have a set amount of time and I want to make the most of it. I always want to know where my head will lay each night, but I’m happy to take an unexpected exit.

Read Bowie News Editor Barbara Green travelogue column on how unexpected turns can be magical.

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Pancakes with Santa serves some 300 meals

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Bowie Police Officers Marlon Bryant, Reserve Officer Travis Fuller and Officer Esteban Moreno visited with Santa after enjoying pancakes at Pancakes with Santa Saturday hosted by the Bowie Fire Department.
The ladies of the Bowie Fire Department Auxiliary helped serve up pancakes that were cooked up by the firefighters. They were very festive with their elf headbands.
This little one wanted mom, so it may be another year before he feels comfortable visit the Big Guy. (Photos by Barbara Green)
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Small town Christmas-Nocona style celebrated during the weekend

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Nocona hosted its Small Town Christmas Nocona Style Saturday night. (Top) Dan Fenoglio created his own unique holiday sleigh for the parade. (Bottom) Bob and Kristal Ferguson, 2022 Mardi Gras King and Queen were dressed for the holidays to remind folks Mardi Gras Nocona Style is coming in February. (Courtesy photos)

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Christmas in Forestburg this weekend

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The community of Forestburg has kicked off its holiday season with a tree lighting on Nov. 30 with its Christmas in Forestburg activities planned for Dec. 9-10.
At 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 9 there will be a Community Movie Night in the Forestburg Community Center parking lot.
Christmas in Forestburg will be from noon to 7 p.m. on Dec. 10. There will be activities at the community center and around town. There will be free activities for the kids, vendors, and food trucks from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. There will be a lighted Christmas parade at 6 p.m.
The Forestburg Volunteer Fire Department will have a Christmas Street Dance, “Forestburg on Fire,” immediately following the parade from 6:30-11 p.m. in front of the fire hall. This is a free event, and donations will be accepted.

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