Monday, October 02, 2006

The Plains! The Plains!

E.R. said Frenzied needed to see some photos of the "real Plains." Well, here's your Plains, righ' cheer.

First, a rest stop in Texas. Texas has nice rest stops with beautiful buildings, nice clean rest rooms, mosaics, points of interest, picnic areas and grills, like these:

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In Texas, especially the Panhandle and West Texas, you will see a lot of the horizon and miles and miles of scenery like this:

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On the backroads to Lubbock, there is an area called the Caprock Canyons north of Silverton. There's a turnout where you will see formations like this:
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You'll see lots and lots of these:
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and lots of these:

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Some of these:








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Lots of these:



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Not too many of these:



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Some of the little towns had their buildings painted in humorous ways. This burned out motel was painted with all kinds of stars of yore:

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And the jail in the next town was also decorated...





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It was harvest time, for lots of things like cotton:
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And peppers:
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And pumpkins. Say hello to Josh.
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I asked Josh about a huge field of peppers at the Texas-New Mexico border. The air was pungent and you could feel the sting from them as you drove by. He said the field was ready to harvest but the owners didn't have anyone to pick the peppers because of the tightening of the Mexican border. He wasn't sure if they would be harvested in time.

There are also lots of peanut farm in that area, but I couldn't find any that had been harvested to show you. I did see pumpkin fields being harvested and the pumpkins boxed and trucked to take all over the country for Halloween. That was interesting.



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10 comments:

Anonymous said...

My favorite picture is of the cotton harvesting. That reminds me of traveling to my grandmother's house in Mississippi.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful photos, Trixie. It looks dry, but maybe that's typical.

Trixie said...

It's very dry. The agricultural areas all had irrigation systems at work. That's one of the main reasons this area doesn't really appeal to me.

FrenziedFeline said...

Great pics, as usual!

Just how practical is a grill shaped like Texas? Can you even fit more than on burger on it? :)

Trixie said...

They are rather large grills, actually -- Texas sized! You could put a pretty large slab of cow on that.

juniorthebear said...

Great Picture Trixie. They would have been better with me in them though! Fatman says it looks like you were up on the Llano Estacado. My KD used to go to school out in Lubbock. We went to see him a lot. How many ways can you drive to Lubbock? He took me to the Buddy Holly Museum there. I have left a personalized autographed picture on my blog for you just like you asked me to.
---JTB

Erudite Redneck said...

Awesome. Reminds me: Two Tuesday nights in a row at around 9 p.m., I have seen a coyote on NW 192nd around Penn Ave. The housing additions are coming like fire, pushing the 'yotes and other critters north. Makes me sad.

TECH said...

Fantastic photos. Take you for sharing them. Share more! :)

FrenziedFeline said...

Don't be too sad, ER. If OK critters are anything like CA critters, they'll adapt and live alongside. I still see coyotes, roadrunners, owls, and plenty of squirrels, rabbits and field mice. I had a bobcat run in front of me not too long ago. Mountain lions are sighted around us quite a bit, too.

Trixie said...

During my first trip to Texas as an adult, I asked my friend to me bluebells, indians and a tornado. I saw bluebells.

Ahhhhh those pumpkins looked so lovely! And we a cute grill... I need to get some pumpkins for our house this week. I hope they get the peppers picked in time. We need those peppers because you just can't have enough.

Thanks for sharing all the photos! You are the best!