If you endured the Texas summer like I did this year, you have definitely suffered some of the most miserable heat waves and fires that have ever been recorded in Texas history in my opinion. Now, maybe, I’m being a little dramatic when I say Texas history, but the great state of Texas definitely found itself in the three-digit numbers when it came to the heat index and plenty of index warnings.


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Now there are some places in Texas that are absolutely beautiful with white sand and blue water. Then there are parts of Texas where the area is so dry that it doesn’t really prepare you for the heat. As long as I’ve lived in, Central, Texas, if you told me that the central part of Texas wasn’t the driest and hottest part of the great state I wouldn’t believe you. I would explain to you every agonizing Summesr that I’ve witnessed full of sunscreen and water bottles.



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The reality is Central Texas is not the driest part of the great state, According to Wikipedia, the Trans Pecos region is considered the driest city in Texas. The region also known as Big Bend County is located in more western- central, and western parts of Texas. Even though it does have some beautiful scenery, the Chihuahuan desert, and its isolated mountain range reside there. The annual rainfall is only 16 inches or less averaged a year. You’re probably thinking to yourself 16 inches is a lot of water but the reality of it is it’s not when you’re in the middle of the desert. The beginning of  March through September is definitely when it hits its record highs. So if you’re visiting the Texas area and you’re trying to cool down, I would avoid the Trans-Pecos region. If you’re into dry areas the Trans-Pecos region is perfect for you. Just don’t forget to grab a water bottle and your sunscreen.

Top 20 Restaurants Central Texans Wish Would Come to Temple

A while back, I asked the good people of Temple if they could picture a good restaurant to fill the lot on North General Bruce Drive where the soon to be torn down Long John Silver's stood.

This was before it was announced that a Dutch Bros. Coffee location would open there (which was one of the places I predicted as a contender in our article).

So now Dutch Bros. is open in that spot, but the responses to my survey were interesting because they paint a picture of just how diverse Temple's population is. People recommended some familiar restaurants with locations in the surrounding area, but also a few I'd never even heard of.

Here are the top 20 results of the survey. Let's see what the good people of Temple are craving!

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You don't have to travel to the coast to find great seafood. There are plenty of places right here in Central Texas that serve it up fresh and serve it up right. These are just a handful of our favorites. Did yours make the list? If not, let us know what we should try next!


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