Makes sense. I’d think it’d be way more difficult/expensive to film in another state.
RR/QT were already filming in Austin, and had all the permits in place here. And California is easier/cheaper to film all the stunts because of everyone living there. Plus, the Texas hill country (Austin area), and the mountains of So Cal look very much like “parts” of the smokey mountains in the fall… It’s easy to interchange them.
God Bless movie magic.