Saturday, January 21, 2012

So close, and yet, so close.


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Otherwise, they could never have anything nice.
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Don't even tell me it's okay to come out.  I see the lie in your eyes.
In an earlier rest area, we caught a guy taking a picture like this through our windshield.  I wonder how many we haven't seen taken.

Stereotype busted:  Texas only cares about oil.  In fact there is a 160.5 megawatt wind farm in Pecos County.  Instead of finding you a nice picture on the internet, I'm sharing my craptastic shot through a dirty window.

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Each one is rated at 1.5 megawatts.  That's enough to power your rig AND ours.


A woman working at Flying J is a geologist, and she told me stuff about the local mountains (north of El Paso, TX).  We're in the Rockies!  And, if you're a geologist not working at the Flying J, maybe you should consider yourself appreciated.  I asked about the range that I could almost touch with my credit card, and she told me other stuff, too, which I'd tell you but this is not PBS.

Flying J had gas, propane, and potable water.  It's like we died and went to a campground.
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We made it to New Mexico tonight!  Then we came back to Texas!   I think we'll keep going tomorrow, but I don't like to jinx us with unreasonable expectations.

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23 comments:

Teresa Evangeline said...

"No livestock allowed on lawn." So, is that the before or after picture?

Andra Watkins said...

You share my penchant for taking pictures of funny signs. Though, I don't suppose it would be funny to ENCOUNTER a snake..............

The cat photo is hilarious.

Gaelyn said...

Can't decide which state you want to be in huh? More snakes in TX. ;)

Wild Blue Yonder said...

Love the no livestock sign! LOL!!!

Anonymous said...

Love the train shot! The snake sign is entertaining from the comfort of our colder than freezing locale but if I was there I'd be huddled with the cats. Don't want any harm to come to the slithery creatures but I don't want to wake up to find one sleeping comfortably in the nook of my sock drawer either. Have my irrational fears reached an embarrassingly high level yet :-) ? I think so....

Bob said...

OK so, I'm wondering about the "Livestock" thing too. Them lawns in Texas, I guess they're just a wee bit different?

Lou said...

Very cool pics. I would definitely be staying away from any are that warned about snakes...yucch! The impression from these pics is the vastness of the area...and how desolate it is.

Judy and Emma said...

What? No roadkill count? I thought that was what west Texas was good for...

Carolyn said...

I also like the Pet up in tree and snakes on ground shot. Snort.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Good question, Teresa. It could have said "And this is why no livestock is allowed on the lawn!"

No, Andra, that wouldn't be a funny encounter at all. It would be a close encounter of the soily kind. And, thanks. The cats' faces write their own captions.

Okay, Gaelyn, I choose NM.

WBY, I'm sure they put it there for our amusement. Those DOT types are whimsical.

Anonymous, I agree completely. Although, from the westerns I've watched, it's more likely that the snakes would curl up with you for warmth. I don't know about embarrassing levels, but I can see why you'd post anonymously. Most people feel really comfortable with snakes.

Bob, I think Texans expect a different standard of lawn quality than us northerners do. I like the minimal, so I tend to agree with these guys about the grass care.

Lou, I'm glad some of that came through in the pictures. It is vast, and desolately beautiful. West Texas really took our breath away.

Judy, do you honestly think I'd post roadkill pictures? [*huffs*] However, wait until you see my toilet shots!

Carolyn, I guess we see who's calling the shots there.

stillhowlyn said...

Westward Ho for the Good Luck Duck! Maybe AZ is in your future!

Janie and John said...

No animals, wouldn't want to wreck that beautiful lawn. lol

Sherry said...

Fabulous picture of Annie. I'm sure that's what the cats were looking so miffed about. She looks as good as they do....better even!

The Good Luck Duck said...

StillHowlyn, I sure hope so! We're pointing our nose in that direction now.

J&J, you just got to create boundaries, otherwise before you know it you got no lawn to speak of.

The Good Luck Duck said...

Sherry, I agree! And, they just get older, while she looks better every day.

Life on the Smushie Ranch said...

I love the pictures!

Soaring Sun said...

See, whatcha need is to get yourself a good service snake...that would be allowed just about everywhere, even on that purty Texas lawn.

Yeah, lawns and lawn care are a whole nother thing down here. Wait til you see where I'm living this winter, which I assume you eventually will, since you are finally heading in the right direction, sort of. People make outline drawings of Kokopelli and lizards and such in dark stones on their sandy desert yards and this constitutes "gardening" or "landscaping." Really.

Now, about cats in the desert. I have one. She loves it here. I let her out as soon as it's warm enough for her liking each day, and she rolls around on the small pebbles and sand. Then she brings all this mess in on her fur, so she can use her cat box. What?! We live in, like, a giant sandbox and she has to come inside to do her business. Really annoying!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Thanks, Smushies!

Sue, this all cracked us up. I can see me with a companion snake. It would need an official jacket with a patch, and a stylish leash. Shopowners and rest area attendants would be afraid to question me. Like if I ever get stopped carrying my urine bucket into a fancy establishment. I could show them my snake and refer to my "supplies." Only the boldest of the bold would challenge me further.

And, I hear you about coming in to use the desert-in-a-box. Our cats had free rein over 20 acres this summer and begged at the door with crossed legs.

Page said...

Being the crazy cat lady I am, I was wondering about your feline pride, when I saw the picture. I hope all of the furbabies are well.

I love the shot of the "lawn." The sprinkler system must be on the fritz. And snakes - Egad!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Aw, thanks for asking, Page. They're all doing well. They don't get freaked out by the engine starting anymore, they just casually move to the back and begin napping on the bed. When we stop, they're out and about immediately, asking for snacks.

Tucker, the baby, naps under Annie's seat the whole time. We were worried that he'd come out and interfere with driving, but he just wants to be near her all the time.

Pam and Wayne said...

We got the Omega Paws...someone is using it, but I haven't caught them yet. We have 4, and it only seems one of them is too lazy at the moment to go downstairs and use the other boxes still set up. I found the regular size to be a bit small looking inside (we do have one fattie) so I'm going to order the larger one also and then dispose of the old ones. Do your cats ever leave the rv? One of our guys is leash trained, he's also the escape artist, of course. We're making plans to introduce them to the rv gradually when we take it out of storage and would love any advice...especially things NOT to do!

Karen and Al said...

Those are some very cute kitties!

The Good Luck Duck said...

Aren't they? They know it, too.

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