I have been busy with some big ol' wedding cakes - brides in Texas like BIG cakes.
I didn't see this thread so now I am here.
I live in Jefferson County in Area 5. I am 30 miles from the coast and endured Hurricane Rita and Ike. That is before I bought the horses though. I have two QH's - Biscuit N Honey and Sargent San Peppy.
I have them stabled at a local Arabian ranch and ride with a wide variety of breeds! Arabians, Quarabs, Tennessee Walkers, Paints, etc. We mostly trail ride but also are conditioning for endurance if I can ever get the cajones for it!!
As for being from Texas - there is NO place like Texas. You can have the coast, the piney forest, the plains, the Hill Country (OMG the HC is just fabulous) the desert and the tropics. Texas has something for everyone.
We have a large beautiful synagog here in Beaumont. I have visited it with my former boss...absolutely stunning. Lots of wonderful Jewish people here...they are the same as everyone else!
We like to ride at the beach, Tyrrell Park in Beaumont, Ebenezer Park in Jasper at Sam Rayburn Lake, Pundt Park and McKinney Roughs. Hoping to get out to more places. As for riding in Texas Heat...suck it up, put on a cool vest, a yarmulke (looks like one anyway!!!) in your hat or helmet, a Frogg Togg cloth around your neck and head out in the morning or evening.
I am going riding at 1:00 PM today - heat be ****ed....Biscuit and I have a date!