I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.


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Friday, March 11, 2011

It’s a long ways to anywhere in Texas

 Texas is So BIG! Haven’t I been driving through Texas for months?01 Hwy 97 E from Cotulla TX (1024x462)

Today it was Ranch country. I would have loved to stop and take photos of Many of the elaborate gates, all closed, some with RVs just inside to presumably house the “guards.” A sandy two track leading through desert scrubland to a somewhere out of sight. Of course if I stopped for them all, I’d never get anywhere and I’m slow enough as it is. Plus if you stopped for every “Historical Marker” it might take a day to go 50 miles. Lots of history here in Texas.

02 Unknown flower in RV Park Cotulla TX

Flower besides camper in Cotulla

I saw SO many birds. Hundreds of turkey vultures kerneling over the land with something else very big that had a large white spot on the underwing and a light tail. There were kestrels and a couple other falcons sitting on the wires. Many hawks. I even saw another caracara sitting in the top of a tree, and then later one dead along the road made me sad. (No bird pics at 65mph.)

03 Tilden TX

Well, I didn’t quite make it to Mom’s on Thursday. My over 200 miles were mostly back roads through little bodunk towns…

04 Oil refinery TX

…and past the evidence of our glut for oil (self included).

05 Orange tree next to camp Edinburg TX

As I got closer in the late afternoon I didn’t want to get into traffic so stopped for the night just out of Edinburg.

06 Sunset Edinburg TX

Besides I was tired from the long yesterday.


Small City Scenes said...

Yes Texas is Big country. Nice pics though and it looks so flat. MB

Nina F said...

Sounds like you're almost there. Like my Dad used to say - miles and miles of nothing but miles and miles.

Lucy (aka rharper) said...

You've got that right. I spent about a month driving through just the panhandle of Texas one time. And it was so flat! Stayed in a motel and walked out into the country a ways. Incredibly flat in every direction. I always thought North Dakota was flat but Texas beats it. I would like to see the rest of that state someday, though.

haphazardlife said...

Don't they say everything is bigger in Texas?

Now you know it's true.

- Jazz

Jo said...

What a journey, Gaelyn. I'm enjoying it with you! Hope you have enough rest and get on safely to your mum. (((hugs))) Jo

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I have enjoyed your trip, probably more than you as I ma not so tired! Sounds like you are almost on the doorstep and I am sure you Mum will be pleased to see you. Not long now before my drive to France, approx 950 kms only plus a ferry trip. Can be done in one day but for safety reasons I take two days. Diane

Dhemz said...

great the last picture. Hope you can check out my Skywatch entry as well. Thanks!

Barb said...

What? I keep're not there yet? TX must be as big as OZ!

Sally in WA said...

You are in the RGV if you are near Edinburg! I miss the valley.

Kathiesbirds said...

Glad to hear you are on the road again. Now, no more breaking down! I hope to see lots of birds this weekend. I am in NYC with my brother!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

You are putting the "R" into Road trip. What a journey.

Just so you know, as a certified, licensed, Professional Chemical Engineer I'll give you a little insight into that refinery or chemical plant that you passed. The towers and flares and stuff. The technical term is "TSTs." That stands for "Tall Shiny Things."

You might have also seen some "LROs." Those are Large Round Objects.

So there you go!

Elaine said...

There is no way you can stop and photograph every interesting thing you see on a roadtrip or you would be lucky to make that 50 miles a day. We are used to long distances whenever we want to go someplace here in Alaska and ran into the opposite problem last fall in Pennsylvania. We'd plan on where we were going next, and see it was only abut an hour's distance away, and had a hard time dealing with how close everything was together. Texas isn't quite so big as Alaska but it has a lot more roads so I can see why it feels like you've been driving thorugh it for months. Love your yellow flower, by the way.

Janie said...

Texas is a huge state to drive across. We lived in east Texas for about 10 years before we moved to Utah. This time of year, I miss the warmth.
Pretty yellow flower! Hope you've reached your destination by now.

Firefly said...

One day I would like to take a cross country trip accross the USA and explore areas like this.

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