Right now, I'm in a motel in Sierra Blanca. It was supposed to be a shopping trip and ended up being a trip with the truck overheating, right at the border check . We sat there watching it red line, waiting and hoping that each car check would be quick and that the dogs wouldn't make an arrest. It wasn't the border, but these checks are done on many roads, even in Colorado. I think if a few
Let the game begin.
*The following is what I wrote when I thought I could do this a section at a time. But that isn't happening. So wade through it if you like or skip it and go to the photos. This was part of the bus trip.
~~~~Sitting waiting for the bus in Topeka. A bus pulls up and I know it isn't mine but I don't trust the bus yet. The system is alien to me and I need to find my bus world legs. So I watch. I watch a girl get off the bus and the driver open the luggage doors. He gestures randomly, slams it shut and gets back on the bus, shutting the door. The girl bangs on the door, yelling something. The something was that he was driving off with her luggage still on the bus. She would have to drive to Salina to get it as the bus driver would not be turning back. Ok, that was interesting.
Unlike that guy, our bus driver was great. A very short, stocky woman with steel grey hair, she called us hon and darlin' and made sure everyone and everything was where it should be. When we approached our last stop in Wichita, she made (roughly) the following announcement. "Now, when we get in, I'll get off the bus. The new driver will get his things together and you can get off the bus for a few minutes if you like. The door will be shut after you. Do NOT go banging on the door like your mother locked you out of the house, it WILL open again when the driver is ready. This driver will not wait for you when it is time to go, so make sure you are back on the bus. He really will leave! Thanks for riding with us." She was a lot funnier, but what I really didn't understand is that she was warning us about the next driver, and she wasn't kidding at all.
|The guy who sat next to me. I sort of fell in love with him.|
|This is a weird art thing coming into Oklahoma City. I got the shot that a few of us tried to get. I have no idea what it is, but it's cool. the lights change and there you are and Bob's your uncle.|
|Lousy photo but it was dark and I was waiting for it a long time and then oops! There it was!|
|President George Bush Turnpike. Which I think is akin to maybe being named after a landfill.|
|Night shot (as in 2 a.m) photo of Dallas|
|City shot of Dallas|
|More of Dallas. It looks really pretty at 2 a.m. but in the daylight? Not so much.|
|Not sure what this is, but in the night, it was all lit up and freaking beautiful. |
Not so bad in the day either.
|I was here. That's all I remember about this bus stop.|
|I forget but I think this might be a Six Flags thing. Lots on the bus talking about it.|
|Ok, maybe I'm a pervert, but make of this what you will.|
|A cool depot, but it's not a depot anymore. I could have played a lot more with this photos...but I didn't.|
|Just a neat big old building...somewhere in Texas. As are the next few.|
|A rest stop in Texas. I think this is Something Prarie. But it had places for us to plug in our whatevers outside. Pretty funny. Yeah, that's my phone.|
|In case you are wondering how you get your US oil? These are them.|
|A windmill farm out in the oil fields. Irony is ironic|
|This was a tiny town with an awesome whatever the hell it was. Note the stature of liberty?|
|It was closed. Good thing or I'd have had to jump off the bus.|
|Yes, you know what this is|
|Another bit along the way|
|As is this|
|There is a LOT of railroad graffiti! Some crap, like this, some really pretty amazing. I watched a lot of trains along the way. This was one of them.|
|How could I resist?|
|There are so many abandoned businesses in Texas, that symbol of American gung ho. Pretty sad.|
|I pledge allegiance to the...oh, hi China!|
|But the flag still waves. Sort of.|
|Some of my fellow travelers|
|How to disguise a dead business|
|I have no idea why I took this photo, except that I liked it more than sad stories.|
|The view across the street from the motel in the morning. I was delighted.|
|They must have gotten some funds for these lights because they went down the road in droves.|
|Heading out of Van Horn. The weather turned drama.|
|I'm totally in love with this mountain. It's the Guadalupe range.|
|These are the salt flats of Salt Flat, TX. Salty looking, aren't they? |
I didn't lick them but I thought about it. Not very long.
|Salt Flat Cafe. I could have taken the bus to here but I didn't know that. |
Sorry for the extra 95 miles you have to go to pick me up, Jack.
|Just a cool building.|
|See the middle photo of the spring gushing over a rock? It doesn't exist. Just saying.|
|Dead truck stop.|
|I think they didn't know the open arched thing was supposed to be on the bottom|
|May's Cafe! Yes, she's back. (she sold it and then the guy ran out of $, so...she's back)|
|May got back the land that a guy thought he was going to turn into a golf resort. |
Now it's May's church. No matter what.
|Cows don't go to church|
|Heading to Jack's place. We're close now|
|Campo MJ. Yes, the view is...drop jaw awesome.|
|More of the view from Jack's|
|This bird flew by|
|Everywhere is a view like this. It's like a huge valley surrounded by mountain ranges. |
I'm working on learning their names.
|These rocks became Jack's front steps. Shoot me, I arrange things.|
|We saw some cows. I pissed them off.|
|An abandoned cow place., but cool.|
|I am now an official bone collector.|
|Jack gave me a huge bed to blow up with the generator. I ended up hating it because it was eating up all my tent, so now it's a folded up pad under my sleeping bag and I'm a lot happier.|
|Sunset the first night. Wow.|
|Me taking photos of cactus. Exciting, I know.|
|In some little town, the fire engine. Really.|
|A graveyard of fire hydrants.|
|There aren't a lot of bars around here. I mean, within hundreds of miles, not a lot. |
This is one, but it wasn't open.
|They don't mess around with wimpy bales of hay here.|
|Chili peppers!!!! This area is famous for them.|
|Another cow I pissed off|
|A prairie dog checking us out while we checked him out.|
|Oh dear god!!! Cactus detour! What way do we go??|
|If you look closely, the markings on this cow are weird. Black front, brown middle, black back. |
Yes, I'm easily entertained. Did I mention that?
|All the cows are so intent on anything different and we are different. Uh...yeah.|
|A thistle. Are you excited yet?|
|We were desperate for some water and scared these cows away from their watering hole. Oops.|
|There were a lot of butterflies here at the stock pond. I mean, hundreds.|
I just got a few photos and this is one of them. Is there something in cow shit they like?
|There were also these electric blue dragon flies. Wow!|
|And out of the mud (this pond was just new with water) came the pollywogs.|
|And more dragonflies.|
|I sent Jack ahead to test the water. Hey, I gave him a walking stick.|
|Jack saying 'Howdy' to all the ones he loves. I hope he doesn't die of any infections.|
|We went way in the boonies on a drive about. I hope he got a ride home.|
|Crows on fence posts|
|Crows we scared away flying|
|Another stock pond with a mud duck we scared away. Call me Ms. Environmentalist Chick|
|Yes, there is water in Texas. Muddy water. Yes, I sang the song.|
|Jack swore there were antelope. I already won a bet about coyotes singing that I never heard, but yes, there ARE antelopes in west Texas. Here they are.|
|There are horny toads too. Ok, I don't really know what this is, but it's horny spiky.|
|We got seriously into collecting cow bones. Now I'm addicted. Jack thought I was a bit...whatever, but now he's a bona fide cow bone collector.|
|Some of the special bones. The first skull I found, along with the tail bones and intact backbone.|
|Jupitar and Mars from my tent view.|
|It's official. It's freaking beautiful here!|
Have a momentously terrific Monday Tuesday! Do something mondo tirelessly.