Car's packed, house locked and shuttered (metaphorically),
and we set the gears on Drive.
This little family of three is on our way, compass set to N/NW.
Come and join us as we blog our way to the "Last Frontier"
(and I don't mean outer space).
Being a seasoned blogger now (it has been a whole year),
I wanted to focus on taking pictures of one unique thing during the long trip.
I got this clever idea of photographing water towers.
(They are the ONE thing that rises above the very, very, very flat horizon of West Texas.)
All too soon I realized that this idea was anything BUT clever as they all
looked pretty much alike except for the amount of rust they wore.
So, there are my 2 (count 'em) pictures of water towers.
Enough of that. Boring as the landscape, I must admit.
Texas is experiencing a terrific drought and we grew uneasy to notice random patches of smoke and clusters of flames along the shoulder of the 2-lane road. Yes, these were grass fires that had suddenly erupted and were burning steadily.
What could cause these? A carelessly tossed cigarette butt?
We saw a man jump out of his truck and use his small fire extinguisher in a frantic effort to extinguish the fire. How easily these few flames could spread with the constant wind.
We learned later that night about the out-of-control fires in Arizona.
The miles and hours passed and I began to think we would never EVER leave Texas.
I searched for interesting images out my window but mostly I saw Texas doing the lion's share
of solving the energy crisis with images of this:
In the world of "NO SMOKING" signs,
this business actually welcomes them.
********Can you believe how desperate I was to take pictures?*********
Stick with me, it'll get better in days to come, I promise.