July 6, 2011

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Big Texas Sky

I left Austin this morning and drove for about eight hours on state roads, winding north and then west and then north and then west, inching ever closer to New Mexico but still leaving a small stretch of miles for tomorrow’s journey. It felt good to be on open road again, Rennie beside me, his first time riding in Marco. And it was a particularly gorgeous day for the trek, too. Hot, yes. Oh, my, was it hot. But the sky was a high, bright blue and there were lots of puffy white clouds and the land was so long and flat, I could see every mesa and every tree and every fence for hundreds of miles, the red and greens and purples and browns standing out against that brilliant azure of the heavens. At one point, I was crossing fields and fields of windmills, thousands of them, stretching all the way to the horizon, and I felt almost alarmed at their size, towering above the road with those enormous turbines turning slowly in the wind. Then the light grew long and the earth turned the color of the sun and Rennie became restless and I knew that we were almost there.

Yes, it was a lovely day for a drive and now it’s a lovely evening for a sleep, but first, a few pictures.

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  1. hillary
    Jul 7 2011

    I love driving west through Texas. Can’t wait for your NM update.

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  2. Jul 7 2011

    there’s nothing like those huge west texas skies! beautiful images, margaret!

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  3. Mary Anne
    Jul 7 2011

    Texas has the best skies and the best back roads.

    People who haven’t been never believe me when I tell them that!

    Great photos.

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    • Jul 9 2011

      You’re so right. I’m finding it true of all of the West and Southwest, actually.

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  4. SirenaSteve
    Jul 8 2011

    Nice to see blue sky for a change, even if it is in fotos… Another grey day on the island.

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  5. Ben
    Jul 8 2011

    I concur. I love driving through Texas. 80 mph speed limit, and most roads didn’t have a single pothole or bumpy seam (e.g. when you cross over bridges). California could really learn a lesson from Texas road engineers!

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    • Jul 9 2011

      70 mph speed limit : )

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      • Ben
        Jul 9 2011

        Not where I went! Or was that NM? One was definitely 80. Either way, the roads were awesome and I found out the Prius is governed to go only 107 mph. Ha!

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