We left snow and cold temperatures behind the day we headed for Arizona and did not need our winter coats again until we came full circle back to Iowa 23 days later! Heading south into Missouri we passed by a town called Bethany that bragged about it's famous restaurant, "Toot Toot"! (giggle). Bethany is the name of our oldest daughter so we had to text her about our find!
We arrived in Wichita in the dark, but when we left the next morning what we noticed in the city was how BIG the churches were! As we headed south through Oklahoma and into Texas, we stopped for lunch at a small, old McDonalds where I visited briefly with a woman who was about my age. Her husband sat like a stone across from her. They had a conversation-less meal before he got up and left with her following behind. Sad. I must say I could not help but give thanks for Joel.....one more time.....Anyway, this woman's accent fascinated me....quite a twang and somewhat hard to grasp for this northerner. I turned to Joel after they left and said, "We are not in Iowa anymore!" Later when we were in southern Texas we expected to hear the same accent, but did not. Interesting. (I always wonder what people think of our accent when we travel!)
Driving along the interstate, what I remember about Oklahoma mostly was that it was rugged and flat with a lot of brush...The bright blue sky was vast and the land seemed endless with no ranches visible, only a few oil wells. We took more of a back road down through southwestern Texas, but when we were only twenty miles into the state we saw cactus! We drove past cotton fields, and many, many small towns that looked desolate. Once in awhile we saw beautiful ranch homes scattered few and far between on the landscape we viewed. Our BIL Lanny, says we missed the most beautiful part of Texas (a place he has called home) and saw more of the not so nice part of that vast state. We stayed in Sweetwater TX for the night. Later we discovered it was famous for being the rattlesnake capital of the country. Okey dokey....
Cactus in southern Texas
Texas oil well
Southern NM or AZ.......
Lyn, Marie, Renee and Joel
Our destination drive brought us to my sister Jan and brother-in-law Lanny's Gold Canyon home late that afternoon. We were so excited to be there!
Lanny, Jan, Renee and Joel