Reluctantly, we packed up this morning and headed out for a long day on the road. Good thing we started early (7:30), because we spent 9 hours on the road today. Texas is HUGE! The most pleasant part of our day was early in, traveling through Hill Country. The mostly flat terrain has a bit of a gentle roll to it, and the enormous ranches along the way all have interesting, elaborate gateways at the road.
Yea! I did see one Texas Longhorn, but didn’t get a photo. We also passed a farm of chubby miniature horses, and many sheep and goat farms in addition to the cattle ranches. Then, ranches turned to cotton farms. F-L-A-T lands! The most interesting part of this was seeing the harvested cotton waiting to be hauled out of the fields. It’s packed into giant bales, each the size of a semi tractor trailer. Then, a protective colorful plastic is spread over the top, and they are randomly left in the field. Cotton harvest time must have been fairly recent, as the bales were plentiful.
The last two hours were stupifyingly dull. It’s so flat – no trees or anything at all to provide a break from the few oil wells, pumping steadily. The amount of roadway litter is incredible. Texas needs to promote an Adopt a Road program – abundant plastic bags and fast food litter really leaves a bad impression.
But, what a surprise when we suddenly came upon our campsite for the night at Monahans Sandhills SP. We’ve got sand dunes in Michigan – great ones. But, we’re used to seeing sand that rolls down to a giant lakeshore. These just roll down into other sand dunes. Think Saudi Arabia. After a long day in the Firetruck, we enjoyed stretching our legs and watching Jezzy leap around.
Had a true camping dinner of some locally-smoked sausage, which we grilled, along with a can of beans and some grilled sweet peppers. Willie Nelson on the radio. Ah, camping at its finest. The spectacular sunset sent me back out on the dunes to try a few more shots.