Texas Universities/Parade of Boots
Notre Dame "Fighting Irish" boot, Mercedes, Texas
I headed to Mercedes, Texas. It is ten miles West of Harlingen, Texas. Mercedes has a least two boot factories and to celebrate these factories. They have twenty-one, five-and-a-half feet tall, aluminum boots that are placed on the corners throughout the downtown business districts of Mercedes. The boots represent different Universities. The boots are painted the University colors and bear the Universities logos. I started the day playing “Hunt the Boots,” and concluded the day making sure there were plenty of good shopping malls.
Mercedes Chamber of Commerce
I headed to the Mercedes Chamber of Commerce, 417 S. Ohio, www.mercedeschamber.com. I arrived in town at lunch time. I spotted a boot across the street from the Chamber. When I went to take to picture. I was in the right place at the right time. For Alicia Aguilar, marketing director for Mercedes was walking by and took my picture with the Notre Dame “Fighting Irish” boot. I tried to add a little fight to my picture. It is the first picture on this blog. The Chamber provided me a flyer of the boots and a map of Mercedes. It was a balmy day and I was prepared to walk. I would walk to three boots, take pictures, go back to the car, move to a new location and repeat the process.
Hunt the Boots
This would be a great activity to do with children. An adult needs to be with them because it is close to the street and traffic. The boots are primarily located on Texas and Second streets, which is East-West and North-South streets of downtown. Play “Hunt the boots,” eat some lunch and enjoy being outdoors.
Botas de Mercedes Quiz
The next picture is the start of a quiz for the sports fan, Texans, and quiz lovers. I have a picture of twelve of the boots. You will need paper and a pencil for this quiz. Number the paper going down 1 to 12. View the picture looking for clues such as; University school colors, logos, and initials. Then process prior knowledge for clues. Then I have prepared another picture. This time it is the Universities mascots. This should give you some more clues. I have numbered the mascots to match the numbers of the boots. I mixed them up to present a little challenge. Now some of you will have identified all the Universities. I have a quiz at the end of the blog I would love to know how you scored. Your next assignment is to take the locations of the twelve boots and head to Mercedes. Find each boot, take a picture, find a great place to eat, and take in a little sun.
Botas de Mercedes
Texas University Mascots
Answer to the Botas de Mercedes quiz
1. St. Mary’s University-Corner of Georgia and Bus. 83 (Camargo Boots)
2. University of North Texas-131 N. Texas Avenue
3. St. Edwards University-Corner of Ohio and Bus. 83
4. Southern Methodist University-Corner of Texas and 4th
5. Texas Women’s University-Corner of Texas Ave. and Hidalgo (H-E-B)
6. University of Texas-Brownsville-Corner of Expressway 83, Frontage & Texas
7. University of Houston-Corner of Cameron & Texas Ave.
8. Texas A&M-Corner of Bus.83 & Texas Ave.(Texas Nat’l Bank)
9. University of Texas-San Antonio-SE Corner of Bus. 83 and Texas Ave.
10. South Texas University-Corner of Hidalgo and Texas
11. Texas Lutheran University- Corner of Ohio & Bus. 83 (Borderland Hardware)
12. University of Texas - Austin-NE corner of Bus. 83 and Texas Ave.
Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets, Mercedes, Texas
Next, to check the shopping opportunities. Headed back to Harlingen was the Rio Grande Valley Premium Outlets. This mall is less than ten miles from Harlingen. It has approximately 140 stores; fashion sports wear, shoes, leather and luggage, food and drink, house wares and home furnishings and children stores. Name brands such as; Calvin Klein, Guess, Old Navy, Adidas, Tommy Hilfiger and more. Mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon.-Sat. 11-7 Sun.
Valle Vista Mall, Harlingen, Texas
I returned to Harlingen and checked out the Valle Vista Mall. Mall hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mon.-Sat., Sun 12-6. This mall has all the name brand stores such as; Sears, J.C. Penney, Dillard’s, Big Lots, Forever 21 and more.
There are books, movies, music and cards, electronics and accessories, Health and drug stores, jewelry and watches, men and women’s fashions, personal and professional services, restaurants and foods, shoes, handbags and luggage, and sporting goods. The mall has approximately 50 stores. That makes 190 stores in malls for shopping within twenty minutes of Harlingen.
Day Five was full with “Hunt the Boots” and two malls. Plenty of exercise and good finds.