After a few great days spent hanging with family, we loaded up the car, stocked up on our fave donuts (raspberry filled not available in Texas - well, except in the super terrific packages delivered by USPS – Thanks Mom! Ü)
& headed back toward The Lonestar State. Drove from Utah back through Colorado and then New Mexico where we passed the rocks shaped like ships – yep, still there -
and spent the night in Albucracky (don’t blame me Albucrackians, blame Jim Rome). Ahhhh, Picabo’s ready for bed after a long, hard day of
sleeping, er, I mean driving Ü
We took off the next morning around 10:30 or so (Albucracky time) and after a few hours crossed back into Texas. I much prefer the look of this windmill to the 3-bladed ones.
A bunch of the cotton fields had been harvested when we came back through. After the cotton is pulled from the plant, its dumped from from the harvester machine and compressed tightly into “modules” seen below until they can get it to the cotton gin.
I think they look like giant loaves of bread. Pretty cool if you ask me.
This sign in Shallowater TX (NW of Lubbock) for Peoples Bank - the tagline in yellow says “People That You Know” - totally cracked me up.
Partly because I was loopy from of all the driving we’d done over the last week or so, but mostly because it made me think of “The Human Fund – money for people” created by one George Costanza.
After I stopped laughing at that, I thought maybe its where the Fisher-Price Little People – know as Peoples in my family –
do their banking and I cracked up all over again. Ü
We had planned on taking only two days to drive back, but since we got a late start out of Albucracky & lost an hour when we crossed into Texas, we decided to grab a hotel in Abilene & drive the last 3.5 hours or so the next morning. While Tim was driving, I used my brand spankin’ new Blackberry to look for a place to stay on hotels.com. Now, Tim and I don’t need anything fancy. Whenever we travel all we really care about is that the room is CLEAN and the bed is decent. In order to ensure this, I always get online and thoroughly look thru the comments guests make before selecting a place. But we were only about an hour out of Abilene when we decided to stop so I did a quick search and found one that sounded ok – most people said it was clean & good enough to crash for a night or two. Holy crap what a bunch of freaking liars! It was almost 9:00 pm by the time we finally got in the room which smelled and looked clean, bed was decent. So far, so good. Unfortunately it wasn’t until AFTER we’d unloaded our stuff that I saw the first roach. A couple things for those of you who haven’t ever lived in the South: One, a place can be clean but still have bugs – you have to fumigate every few months no matter what! And two, there’s never “just” one roach. It’s always him and a couple hundred of his closest friends. But we were so dang tired and we were trying to be adults about it – “they’re just harmless bugs, blah, blah, blah.” After we turned out the light – also known as “party time” for roaches – I acknowledged what a bunch of BS “they’re just bugs” really was & forgot about getting any sleep, pulled the covers tight over my head, and hoped Tim could at least get some sleep since he had done most of the driving. After a couple hours of trying but failing to fall asleep, he turned on the light, saw a huge roach crawling on the bed toward the lump that was me and our ”trying to be adults” experiment came to an abrupt halt. Tim went to the office for a refund while I threw everything in the car – after violently shaking it to make sure it was bug-free of course. It was about 1:30 am when we peeled out of the parking lot, full of adrenaline and wide-awake. We got to our place in Austin by 5:30, unloaded the car, and finally relaxed enough to fall asleep until about 10 am. It was at least a week or so before we finally quit thinking about those dang bugs & cringing – YYYEEUUUCCKKK! All I can say is I have never been so happy to see my own bed in my entire life Ü.
Except for those few hours spent in Roach Motel, our trip was a lot of fun and definitely worth the drive. It was great to spend time with our family – we love and miss you all very much!