Texas Cotton Fields, Wind Farms and Oil Wells

Trip Start Aug 16, 2009
Trip End Dec 25, 2009

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

December 9, 2009

The sun has returned but we are not looking forward to the long road ahead, for us at least two more days to reach the Texas/New Mexico border, two days without much distraction.

It takes us an hour to clear the Dallas/Ft. Worth area with its labyrinth of intersecting and paralleling freeways, tollways and service roads. One road can have three or four names as it cross through different small suburban communities, adding to the confusion when trying to navigate in new territory.



I will admit up front that this is but a snapshot of west Texas from the road, not at all an intimate portrait. 

A stretch of rolling hills, mounds really, led us into a foreign landscape, flat and wide open with cattle and horse ranches then fields of cotton and wind farms for as far as the eye can see.  Oil wells begin to spring up in the fields right along with the cattle and cotton.  We pass pieces of property that are strewn with rusting cars, machinery and years of accumulated cast offs, lots of land and lots of junk, not very attractive panoramas.  

Texas is all about energy whether it is oil or wind power, you see evidence of it everywhere. The countryside is flat, dry, and barren with the exception of scrub plants and sagebrush and then we begin to see and smell the oil refineries and the odor of oil permeates the air.  We stop for the night in Sweetwater Texas, an oil town, not much to see or do but get a good night's sleep. 



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Natalie on

You wouldnt happen to remember where you were when you saw the cotton field would you?

nanseaj on

Sorry, I don't remember - just somewhere in west Texas.

Joan on

Dear Nanseaj - I'd love to know the brand of Camera you used on your Trip South in USA as the photo quality is fantastic & subjects so interesting, too! Just returned from a Mini-Bus trip across USA over 3 weeks, & only fleeting visits to major places & did photo a lone oil-well in Texas from the Van window..& , it came out ok.. USA is fascinating & I must say I do not feel happy anymore back in Q'ld. Australia! Americans suffer more than Australians in the aspect of Govt. money help when we have no job & also in relation to Medical help, especially.. But,it makes Americans more feeling & natural people , seems to me, over today's Australian character that seerms to be becoming so greedy & hard in every way.. Investors too, are causing outrageous rent & House price & interest rate rises to extreme, & many are going without electricity already..if not homes! It's better to be a migrant or refugee..here, I say, today. They are , seems becoming the new spoiled..even to free education.. to University as we , in past, never had chance of, if poor. Australia is much more infrastructure minded apparent, seems too than USA at present & is, to me, the very opposite here. to what I saw in USA on trip from New York via Washington down over Applachias to Nashville , Memphis (& Yes, Graceland, home of Elvis) New Orleans & then on to Austin & likes of Monument Valley, (The Navajo Indians gave us Food out under the Mesas & a Dance too in the very cold windy night, but, incredible, it was & costing around $60) Sedona , Roswell, Tombstone (wow!) & Canyons & on to Las Vegas & then through the Mojave Desert to San Deigo (loved Old Town) & then finishing the incredible, but rushed unfortunately trip in LA! Unreal.. something I cannot forget.. Oh, for the simpler less "policed " & fascinating land.. as we found it all. .. Was refreshing.. Must say, but best way to go too would be driving over months ..as you did, but with a group too, 14, in all, varied younger & 3 quite older people, it was greatest experience too! ! I'd love now to do the Route 66 Trip.. as we did experience part of that, too! Sad that one yown has now suffered a tornado.. We met only one warning on way to Graceland & got to Memphis just before the Floods! We did have a lucky trip! Best Wishes

nanseaj on

Thanks for your kind note. It was hard to take a bad photo, the scenery was exquisite and as you say very interesting. My camera is a Canon A720 IS and I have been very pleased with the quality of photos.

We too had a very positive experience in our travels with all the people we met and while our economy is suffering, as perhaps yours is too, the people are the backbone and strength of any society. We too have an element in our society who have succumbed to greed and self-interest and believe that mind-set is capable of destroying the fiber of any country.

We have not visited your country yet but hope to in future years. Life can be short, enjoy each day.

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