Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Tuesday - Fort Stockton TX to Houston TX

I am at mile marker 751 and am STILL 100 miles from leaving the Lone Star State. Jeezoman!

Just as I thought I would just wilt from seeing so much brown, Texas turned green. The first 500 miles of I-10 from the west are nothing but brown and desolation, wildfires, carrion, buzzards, and lots and lots of mountains. I almost started singing Marty Robbins songs!

Down in the west texas town of El Pasooooo......

I've decided that if Arizona was the Badlands, Texas is the WorseLands. Then it seems to "suddenly" change to green and civilization. Oh I have never been so happy to see traffic!!!!! (and green).

The fires are very sad, though. Many many fires burning through all of Texas right now. I couldn't help but wonder if that's why there are so many dead animals on the roads (running from the fires). I saw at least 30 dead deer today, and countless other animal species (skunks, of course). You know, the buzzards hanging on the road/ground having a little snack don't bother me, but when they're standing on top of the carcass....eww... it creeps me out.

I don't know how high up I was at various times today (cars should come with altimeters!!), but I know I could see for miles and miles and miles.

(I didn't capture the view very well in this pic).

It's interesting how the tops of the mountains here are flat instead of craggy. I'll have to read about that & see if there's a theory as to why. I recall that the trip from Dallas to Amarillo was hilly, but the part of Texas I've been through on the return trip is DEFINITELY mountainous!!

Another first today - real live road runners! And yes, they were running beside the road. How cool is that??

I passed through Pecos County today but never did see ol' Pecos Bill.

I got tired about 90 minutes from Houston so made a reservation and parked for the night. I hope to be home Thursday evening, but have no looming deadlines. It's been a heck of a trip!!

Thanks for stopping by!!

1 comment:

  1. What a great way to document your trip. Thanks for sharing it with us!
    Drive safe!


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