“Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.” Proverbs 4:26
Sweetheart and I are taking a trip to Tucson, AZ to visit my father. However, because we are getting to the point in life where the journey is as important as the destination, we are taking it slow so we can enjoy the scenery.
That being said can I please take a moment to say that I-10 through west Texas is one of the most boring, monotonous drives in the entire world. Nothing for hours on end to look at other than sagebrush and rocks. It is truly what I think of when I think of the word desolate.
We left Houston after spending the day walking around the RV show, trying to talk ourselves into a new fifth wheel. Shiny and new. Bigger and better. Luckily we came to our senses before we signed on any dotted lines and headed for Weimar, TX where we stayed the first night at Whispering Oaks RV Park which, while being right on the interstate, was a good place to use an overnight stop. We simply turn on the white noise box and the world disappears. Cudos to whoever invented that thing.
We drove through San Antonio with ease but on the west side we encountered something that seems to happen on I-10 a lot. The interstate was completely closed for road work and all traffic had to be rerouted along the feeder road. What a pain. I don’t understand the reasoning behind that but I’m sure someones pockets are being lined somewhere.
There wasn’t much to see on our drive to Fort Stockton. Lots of windmills and sagebrush. Houses were few and far between. The sheep seemed to outnumber the cattle but that could have just been because cattle are smart enough to seek shade during the heat of the day. Having raised sheep all I can say is they aren’t the sharpest tools in the box.
One quite disconcerting thing we did see where several trucks loaded with beehives. The trucks were covered in netting but when we pulled up next to one at a truck stop, there were definitely holes in that netting and quite a few angry, disoriented bees. Who knew that they transported bees on semi trucks? You learn something new every day!
In the desert strange things pop up from the flat land. Strange rock formations reach for the sky along with man made structures like the giant iron cross we saw west of San Antonio. The geology of the land is also quite evident as seen by the cutaway hillsides where they blasted through to put the highway. Layer upon layer is easily viewed as you drive past.
We arrived at Fort Stockton just before sunset which was absolutely stunning. We had been craving a steak so we asked at the office for a recommendation. We ended up at K-Bob’s Steak House which turned out to be a chain. Bummer. We like to eat at local restaurants but we didn’t have many options. There is not much variety here in west Texas. Just saying. The service was absolutely horrendous but the steaks were excellent. They also served Ste Genevieve wine which is one of my favorites.
We ended the evening looking at the magnificent stars above the desert. Without city lights, you can see billions and billions of stars. We used an app (yes they do have a star app) to find all the constellations and before the moon came up, even the Andromeda Galaxy. It gives you such a sense of wonder at the immense size of God’s creation and the insignificance of man. But also pure joy that He created all of this for us to enjoy. Click here for the link to Night Sky viewing options
Today we head off for Carlsbad Caverns in New Mexico. I am excited because we have never had the Beast west or north of Texas and I finally get to add some stickers to my US Map on the side. I also am looking hoping to photograph some of the birds out here. There are some crazy looking creatures around but I suppose you have to be a bit crazy to live in this harsh environment.
Thanks for coming along for the journey,
©2014MichelleWelch, team member of Breath Of Life Women’s Ministries and Single Matters Magazine
photography by Michelle Welch, all rights reserved
scripture from NIV Bible