IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #713 – Halfway to nowhere & you can’t pay the toll

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Don’t you just love it when you think you know exactly where you are going. You see something you think you wanted to photograph. You work at it a bit and then as you are walking back to the truck, you look down the road and all of a sudden you realized why you stopped here….Matt Maher wraps it all up very neatly:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfa3GZOEb38

MATT MAHER LYRICS

“Rise Up”

When you see the road ahead
That you’ve been down before
When you’re halfway to nowhere
And you can’t pay the tollYou’re hanging onto mercy
Withered on the vine
With your feet on the ground, your head in the clouds
And your heart on the lineOpen up your eyes…

You’ve got to rise up, rise up
When this life has got you down
You’ve got to look up, look up
When you search and nothing’s found
My eyes have seen the glory of the love that’s here and now
It’s coming down
So rise up now.

When you’re told that day is over
Long after the sun goes down
And your mind it keeps on racing
At the dreams that don’t come ’round

When you don’t know how to surrender
Cause your whole life’s been a fight
When the dark holds you and you can’t break through
Cause you haven’t seen the light.

Open up your eyes…

You’ve got to rise up, rise up
When this life has got you down
You’ve got to look up, look up
When you search and nothing’s found
My eyes have seen the glory of the love that’s here and now
It’s coming down
So rise up now.
Yeah rise up now,
Oh rise up now.

en theos…jim

IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #584 – “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”

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We were returning to our room in Mesilla NM after a pleasing meal at Josefina’s gate. We had rounded the corner and were near the entrance to our room when we encountered “Gold Hat”.  He had a great bluff  working and stoutly proclaimed he was with the Federales and did not permit travel down “his” road. I put on my best Bogart and demanded to see his badge. You know his reply.

Live as if you had a stnkin’ badge, you do! ††† en theos ††† jimwork

IMAGES OF SMALL THINGS FROM THE BIGGEST COUNTY IN TEXAS #576- ah the wide open road, we got em in West texas!

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“Life is one big road with lots of signs. So when you riding through the ruts, don’t complicate your mind. Flee from hate, mischief and jealousy. Don’t bury your thoughts, put your vision to reality. Wake Up and Live!”
Bob Marley

May The Road
Rise Up To Meet You

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind be always at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face;
the rains fall soft upon your fields
and until we meet again,
may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

(traditional gaelic blessing)

Blessing to all and the road they are on. ††† en theos ††† jim work

Photos on the journey #386

The pleasures and the treasures that you get to find on the “blue roads”.

In my youth, I had an earthly father who introduced me to the beauty of slowness on a country road. When I was just 11 he let me start driving our turquoise blue 57 chevy down many quiet and fortunately much  less-traveled roads.

Somewhere along the way, I dismissed a lot of both the good and bad habits of my dad. He taught me much of both.

I became to impatient to the slow way, I wanted to get “X” miles in “X” time. I never got there, never got much of anywhere.

When we recently bought us a seemingly small travel trailer, I rediscovered the lure of the little, and the slow road. A lot of my reason was I had too small a tow vehicle and was forced to stay on the blue roads. I couldn’t get enough rpm’s to travel 65 much less 75-80. So we made a pact to just stay on the blue line.

I have since upgraded to a bigger 2500HD Chevy truck. I can now readily exercise my manhood with my right foot. But, I don’t like it. I am sticking to the little roads. After all, It always has been about the journey, not the destination.

I would have missed the treasure of eating at “Sparky’s” in Hatch New Mexico (green chile capital of the world) on US 185/175  north from Las Cruces, NM.

We had just been wowed through a golden leaf filled pecan grove when my wonderful wife threw out the wonderful line , “God just doesn’t travel on the Interstate.” It would make a great country & western song………..en theos………….jim

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

Photo of Da day @ Da Pine #200

So sorry for the pause in posting. My ever faithful, gorgeous wife of almost 42 years, Susan, and I went to Weatherford Tx to pick up our new  travel trailer.

Part of our self imposed rules are that we travel “blue” roads only, no interstates. So we were without internet for three days. It is kind of fun being unconnected. We stayed in a couple of Tx State parks, what a great value that is for your dollar.

We got to stay on the shore of a lake, and for a couple from west Tx, that was cool. Also saw a large number of pelicans at Possum Kingdom State Park, go figure, land locked sea birds…..

Travel the “blue” roads on your journey††nada te turbe††jim