East Jersey to West Texas and back!
A journey of 5,363 miles. Why?
That is the most asked question we have gotten. Why Texas? Why drive? Why tow a trailer? Why?
Texas was the last state on Michael’s & my list of 50 states that we wanted to visit.
We – well I like to drive. Michael decided he drove maybe 500 of the 5,363 miles.
When driving there are photo opportunities around every curve and every mile.
We enjoy seeing this big, magnificent, photogenic country of ours up close and personal.
The trailer was a step up from tent camping and fun!
While on our journey dog Leica turned 4 years old and by journey’s end visited 38 states.
Texas is BIG! When I say BIG I mean BIG – Texas is like a whole other country!
We enjoyed the panhandle on Rte 66 at the Cadillac Ranch, an art installation that allows you the viewer to be the artist as well. You are invited to bring spray paint or use what others have left to add to the ever changing patina of the art.
Texas is BIG!
West Texas offers a variety of landscapes from Guadeloupe Mountain National Park, Big Bend National Park, arid deserts, high elevation and rolling plains.
Guadeloupe Mountain National Park is Texas’ best kept secret, that even Texans aren’t aware of. Located on the New Mexico/Texas border it is a federally designated wilderness area with limited vehicle access.
Texas is BIG!
In Texas there was a lot of space between here and there. While cruising down a two lane highway in West Texas leaving Guadeloupe Mountain NP heading south to Marfa it was like a mirage – a Prada store? Yes, a Prada store!
Michael learned that the Nikon D850 has enormous files, amazing resolution and outstanding dynamic range. The enormous files takes time to download and uses, a great deal of memory. Be prepared to expand your workflow with two additional external hard drives of 2TB or larger.
Michael has shared some images already and will continue sharing over the next few weeks.
Marfa, what a great little town, one mile in any direction. There is an amazing amount of contemporary art galleries and great food!
We stayed at a little campground , the Tumble In. A small, quaint oasis that had an art installation right on property and some great photo ops.
Big Bend National Park, is almost the same size Rhode Island, 1,252 sq miles. It is a land of incredibly diversity that we only scratched the surface of. The Chisos Mountains are breathtaking, the Chihuahuan Desert has an amazing abundance of succulent and adaptable plants and of course the Rio Grande.
We headed to the Hill Country of San Antonio and Austin. Along the way we stopped at Bandera, branded as the Cowboy Capital of Texas. We didn’t see any cowboys there, however I bought a great pair of boots and the town was fun, lazy and dog friendly.
“Remember the Alamo! ” Visiting the Alamo, San Antonio brought back childhood memories of watching The Alamo staring John Wayne with my Dad. Leica enjoyed wandering the River Walk with us – it was shady and cool.
When you have a professional photographer as your partner for almost 30 years you learn to go with the flow and the creative side trips! Like looking for aliens in Roswell and traveling 5,363 miles to check out a bike shop! Every journey is an adventure and we end up with amazing memories and a few (100 or so) photographs! Mainly photos of scenery, Beverly, Leica and no Michael!
Austin, the state capitol was our last stop in Texas. We enjoyed the food, music, and a great cup of coffee at Juan Pelota Cafe. Home to Mellow Johnny’s, The Continental Club, Threadgills and the original food truck scene our time in Austin was relaxing, enjoyable and full of adventure.
So the answer to why?
Why not – It was a wonderful adventure and we look forward to our next journey.
A journey of creative exploration…