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... in Texas. It pwns In and Out burger.
It's bittersweet to be so close to home.
I miss the kitties. I miss my own bed.
However, I did NOT miss the awful awful Texas heat.
I will miss exploring the US and the adventures of going to so many places that we've never been before, but we will be back, eventually, so there's that :)
Tomorrow is the last night before we'll be back in Houston.
Thanks for coming on this journey with the both of us.
... was just over the border, but I'd also noted to turn off to Bard. Missed the Bard turnoff, so had to take the next exit 13km on and come back - sure enough there was a sign post to Glen Rio (and Dora our satnav voice agreed). Then Dora was telling us to turn around. There was a perfectly good dirt road to follow - but we took Dora's advice and got back on the I-40. There was another turn off to Glen Rio over the border so we found it (and there was a ...
... long time to get out of Oklahoma. I finally crossed the Arkansas state line and gradually noticed things getting even more green, more lush. I passed by the Ozark mountains, saw lots of gorgeous lakes and rivers. Arkansas, turns out, is really beautiful. The flatter parts reminded me a lot of rural areas of New Jersey, and I realized I had crossed some invisible line that separates the east from the west; although this was my first time ever in Arkansas, ...
... or south side for most of the way so we didn't miss anything in particular. As we crossed into the Panhandle we came off and drove down the Route through desperately poor areas, small ghost towns just empty with boarded up buildings and a few people shuffling along the main streets. There seem to be few work opportunities and everyone has left. We used the frontage road as, so often in our trip, borders the Interstate road. It is so flat, you can literally see to ...
... which balloons are launching and facts about the crews and the balloons. While the balloons can't steer (see Oct 7 and Oct 8 blogs), some envelopes, perhaps the fancy ones, have flaps in them that the pilots manipulate to ‘spin’ the balloon to present a particular side of the balloon to the spectators.
A final note about the festive spirit at the balloon fiesta. Many people, especially ...