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Sunday, April 3, 2011

I took yesterday off from traveling, going just fifty miles from San Marcos to Marble Falls, Texas. Then today on to Big Spring. Texas just keeps going and going. In fact, it will take most of the day tomorrow to cross into New Mexico.

A great benefit of Texas' expansiveness is the ever-changing complexion of the surroundings while moving from one area to the next. For instance, shortly after getting on the road yesterday morning I passed through the town of Kyle. Very quaint with lots of trees and hills on the horizon. There I stumbled upon Kyle's Earth Day fair. Lots of barbecued meats (not for me, thank-you) local crafts and a live band. It was only ten o'clock in the morning, but there were lots of families, baby strollers, etc.

Then I was off to Pedernales Falls State Park. I'm posting several photos of the falls area, none of which are very impressive in themselves. That is mostly due to the very tame nature of the falls when I was there. However, on a fairly regular basis, rainstorms bring flash floods that boggle the mind. As the ranger explained to me, the water level can rise a HUNDRED FEET IN FIVE MINUTES during a flood. There are signs everywhere prohibiting bathing and warning visitors to get to high ground the moment the water begins to rise. The photos may give you some idea of how powerfully the water has shaped the surrounding landscape.

 I only took one photo on the ride today. After traveling about two hundred miles through Hill Country with huge areas of bright spring-green mesquite trees and praries with grazing long-horn cattle, goats, donkeys, packs of feral pigs, some sort of wild cat and thousands of vultures, I realized I was out of hill country and in the land of the windmill. OMG, I've never seen so many of them before. In the fifty or so miles in which I observed them, I easily saw a thousand or more. Interspersed between them all were quite a few oil wells as well. At one point I chuckled with the thought "Texas should be rename the Energy State". 
I'm hoping to make it to Alamogordo, NM, tomorrow or Tuesday with a visit to the White Sands National Monument.
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Jeff on

John, I am envious of your trip to White Sands. I spent a lot of time in and around New Mexico when I was stationed in El Paso. I really liked the Gila National Forest for camping and hiking, but never made to to White Sands. Have a great day!

Julia McMichael on

I thought it was illegal to pass up barbeque in the great state of Texas

Diane on

My friends live in Marble Falls On LBJ lake. Sounds like you're covering a lot of territory. Be safe and enjoy.

carrie2528 on

I would love to show this to Ryan. This is his plan when he graduates high school. The only difference will be that he will be on foot and his travels will take a great deal longer. If only I could get him to understand that it makes more sense in retirement than in early adulthood... or does it? Who knows? Who am I to say? I'm just his mother. Maybe I should let him get in touch so you could help him figure it all out. In the meantime, I'm so jealous, I'm considering my own blog, the title of which will read in your inbox, "Carrie says Hi from the warzone {classroom]"

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