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HAPPINESS is to have EVERYTHING
NOT the NEED to have EVERYTHING
This month’s Travel Plans:
7. Jan. 20th Willis, TX at Lake Conroe (TT) RVP x 12 nights. (190m)
Seguin, TX -Overnight (156m)
4. Feb. 2nd Lakehills, TX at Medina Lake RVR (TT) x 13 nights (71m)
5. Feb. 15th Fort Stockton, TX overnight
6. Feb. 16th El Paso, TX – overnight
7. Feb. 17th Deming, NM overnight
8. Feb. 18th Benson, AZ at Valley Vista RVR(T3) x13 nights
Phoenix, AZ overnight
02.15.2019 Lakeville to Fort Stockton, TX
We got a very early start on this trip, about 320 miles.
Yes, this is a Camel farm or habitat area. I’m not sure what you would raise camels for.
So many beautiful vistas we got to enjoy on this long sojourn.
In the rest area in Fort Stockton trip where Carla started a conversation with an older gentleman traveling with wife#2, and three Huskies and a black pup, traveling in a van. This gentleman gave Carla some very good tips for our trip forward. A Mesa (below) is a raised parcel of land that has a very flat top. A butte (above) is a pyramid shaped hilly area that comes to a point.
We also experienced a massive amount of wind turbines, I mean hundreds of them. We ended the day watching the video Hunter Killer, a flick we recommend.
02.16.2009 -Fort Stockton to El Paso, TX-Sat
On the western side of Fort Stockton on our way to El Paso we came across another Rest Stop area that really deserved talking about, more info in the blog.
Today we continue with day two of our trip to Benson, AZ. The roads to El Paso may not be I-95 type but more than adequate for the traffic on these roads. The 16-wheeler trucks still give me concern when they’re passing us. Once again Texas will impress us with another distinguishing
Above is another example of how El Paso keeps its highways very clean cut, especially in the road signs and the arched pole holding them. We are continually warned about what and how to handle a sand storm. Between route info on the pavement ad signs, it’s hard t make any mistakes.
The road infrastructure in this city is awesome.
Every fence of every overpass is different and distinctive; works of art.This day being Saturday Mass was on the schedule.
We were fortunate to experience the St. Patrick Cathedral. After Mass we treated ourselves to a steak and ham meal at Crocker Barrel.
02.17.2019- El Paso to Deming,NM
Traveling to Deming we came across another great rest area, the Pecos County Safety Rest Area. This venue was so nice going to try to make a simple blog on this location; they even have a actual footprint of a T- Rex sometime in the past. With Cracker Barrel only a short we could not pass up a good breakfast. Just like last night the weather was cold, about 32 with a strong wind. We rounded off the day with the movie Speed Kills with our Saturday night pizza twenty-four late but very good.
This rest stop area gave the history of this part of the country.
Wind turbines seems to be a second industry here. These turbine blades seem much smaller than the ones we experienced in Vermont. Below is the sign we’ve been looking for.
The cattle industry is huge here. For the next 15 miles venues like this, on both sides of the road, never stop appearing. I’m talking about thousands of head of cattle. Below another overpass decked out in beautiful environmentally friendly and minimal maintenance stone landscaping. Florida should take their lead.
Another highway art piece. The Roadrunner appears to be the New Mexican Mascot, not sure though.
Ahhhh! Only a few mere miles to go.
02.18.2019- Deming to Benson, AZ
Yesterday when we arrived in Benson our driver’s side slide got stuck in the half-in/half-out position. Wayne came in and added hydraulic fluid and all is well. We’ve made an appointment with Lazydayz on April 4tht to have them look and see if the hydraulic line needs repair or replacing.
Another fine rest stop. Each rest area is beautiful, clean with covered outdoor eating areas. Not to mention a work of art o their own. Below a centennial marker from only a few years ago for Arizona.
As with New Mexico, Arizona also takes pride in their highways. The fence work depicting cattle crossing is unique. The natural landscape of the area is equally eye pleasing. Below has nothing to do with Arizona, it’s a Casita trailer. Only a few days ago we met and spoke to an older lady who RVs eight months of the year in her Casita. For so small it has it all, besides being very light weight for towing.
We finally make it to Valley Vista, in Arizona, or are we in Wisconsin? Second day here we woke up to two inches of snow and very cold temperatures.
“Everything we were, we carry with us.
Everything we will be, is calling to us,
from the roads not travelled yet." pjgrenier