A Little Further Down the Road

Trip Start Jan 02, 2010
Trip End Mar 17, 2010

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Sunday, January 3, 2010


We left Deming about 9 am after we figured most of the ice had melted on the road. Gas was nearly $3.00 a gallon there so we waited to gas up in Las Cruces where we spent $2.49.9 a gallon. Matilda is a thirsty beast.

Passing the stockyards as we approached El Paso was almost enough to make us swear off beef, though I know that will change next time we smell a steak sizzling. Signs along the freeway advertise a "trail of historic missions" and we hope to return some time and explore that.

No Pictures today as we rolled across a vast expanse of West Texas enjoying music from our “Treasury of the Golden West” collection – Mexicali Rose, Yellow Rose of Texas, Tumbling Tumbleweed and so many more. Music we had not listened to in years but so appropriate for this long stretch of sun burnt desert. Covered in scrub and punctuated only occasionally by low mountain ranges and yucca spikes, we've heard this country described as empty and desolate but we have always found it to have a compelling beauty with its immense emptiness, it’s endless blue skies and it’s colorful wild west history. And it is this enormous emptiness with its lack of light pollution that makes this area a perfect location for one of our favorite destinations, the University of Texas’ wonderful Mac Donald Observatory with its revolutionary galaxy studies.
To bad we haven’t time to stop this trip but Mexico and our traveling companions wait just a couple days down the road. We may not have an internet connection for a few days so will catch up with you later, hopefully with some photos.

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cyndee Kuttler on

Enjoy my home territory-Texas! Don't miss the Marfa lights! :)

Kathy Pastryk on

Now that you've passed El Paso, you're off into territory I've never seen. Can't say that I feel deprived at missing those stockyards!

Myra Ransick on

As far as I'm concerned, all parts of Texas are wonderful--albeit some more than others! I like your description of West Texas as a "vast emptiness."

Cori DiSimone on

I heard writing a blog was a good way to raise your status in google search engine for some reason. so maybe connect this to your photography website somehow.

Fred Ferate on

Thanks for including me. Now I can keep track of you! Have a wonderful trip!

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