IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #716 – US 54 HEADIN’ SOUTH FROM US 180

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I’m not quite sure where my attraction to stop and make a quick photo of the long and straight roads that I often travel originated. I kind of think it stems from growing up in West Texas and having traveled down so many long and straight roads. It some how brings me comfort to see where I am heading.

Or maybe it is that I am always searching for a way to follow and some reassurance that I am going the right way.

” But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” (Matthew 7:13-14, NIV)

enjoy life, know where you’re going! en theos monos ††† jim

Photos on the journey #426

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Once again, the treasures found on the lesser traveled road.

This little chapel named Mission Mary, built in 1902 is on FM 3078 near the old TX township of Calera.  You will not find Calera on any road map. Google Calera and you will find Calera, Alabama or Oklahoma. Calera in Spanish means Lime kiln or Lime pit. Calera, Texas is located in Southern Reeves County, Texas, two miles west of the famous San Solomon Springs at Balmorhea State Park. It is not known if Lime was ever mined at Calera ,but lime is present. To many former residents and families of residents, Calera holds a special place in their heart. Although life must have been hard in this beautiful semi-arid desert, residents talk about life at Calera fondly. Calera is a story of how humans migrate to areas with resources for life, a story of missionaries who follow the people and tend to their spiritual needs, the modernization that comes with time and finally people moving on when the resources for life disappear.

It is open to the public and other than a dead mouse, we had the quiet & beauty of the place all to ourselves.

Pezful ez feelin’ @U ††† en theos ††† jlawrence

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #201

Ah, life on the “blue” roads. You get to see things otherwise missed. Like the world’s biggest wheelbarrow. Who is going to doubt such a claim?

We felt just a bit like Frank Quinlan, Dorothy Winters, Huey Driscoll traveling along with “Michael” heading for the world’s biggest ball of twine. We got to see a Cooper’s hawk hopping across a green field dragging a wild eyed cotton-tail rabbit for lunch, a couple of ladies using a garden hose to wash a small pony in their front yard, and old style “Burma Shave” style signs leading us into Albany, TX.

We might not of had John Travolta with us, but we had an angel riding along.

Enjoy the sights on your journey†††nada te turbe†††jim