Friday, April 12, 2013

From Texas To New Mexico

We left the Fredericksburg area two weeks ago and headed west towards New Mexico. Looking back at my pictures from that time, I debated about even doing a blog post. There was nothing very exciting about this part of our travels. No sculpture ranches or Presidential homes or even amazing scenery. West Texas is kind of barren and desolate. It makes for great driving but not great pictures.

In a strange way, these ordinary days are some of my favorite parts of this lifestyle. I love passing through the small towns and I think there's a kind of stark beauty in these harsh landscapes. This won't be my most exciting blog post but I wanted to share a few pictures anyway.

Our first travel day after Fredericksburg took us to Mason, Texas. We were still in hill country at that point and the drive there was beautiful! The wildflowers were starting to bloom and there were large sections of the countryside just covered in yellow and blue. This picture really doesn't do it justice but it's the best one I got from the window of the motorhome...

Mason is a nice little town and had another of those great courthouses that we saw all over Texas...
Mason's claim to fame is that it was the home of the author of "Old Yeller." They celebrate that each year with an Old Yeller festival and there was a statue of Old Yeller and the boy  in front of the library...
We stopped at the tourist center to get some tips on the best drives to see wildflowers. We were about two weeks too early for the really colorful drives but we had a nice drive through the countryside on one of the wildflower loops they suggested. Here are a few pictures from that drive...

We left Mason and drove 200 miles to Lake Colorado City State Park. This was our longest drive in the motorhome so far but it was an easy drive through the wide open spaces of west Texas. We spent the weekend at the state park and really loved it there.  It wasn't the prettiest state park we've ever stayed in but we enjoyed the desert atmosphere and the fact that we pretty much had the place to ourselves. Here are some of the pictures I took from around our campsite...

(That's our motorhome in the last picture.)

We left Colorado City Monday and drove to Hobbs, New Mexico. We really enjoyed our time in Texas this winter but it felt great to finally make it to New Mexico. It has been very windy here this week so we've pretty much just hunkered down and taken care of some little jobs around the motorhome. We're leaving Hobbs tomorrow to head to either Roswell or Carlsbad so I should have better pictures in my next blog post.

Hope everyone has a great weekend! Thanks for stopping by.


  1. I really like the statue! I need one for my yard, but with Molly and I.

  2. Hi Squirt. I'm glad you liked it. Thanks for leaving a comment. I love when people do that, especially you.

  3. We will be leaving Medina and heading for Colorado in the next week. I was thinking about Lake Colorado City as a stop. As you say not a lot of scenery in that part of the world, but our next stop will be Palo Duro Canyon SP, and we know about the scenery there!!


    1. Hi Mark,

      I look forward to your blog post from Palo Duro. We're heading back East to visit family in a few months and we plan to go there if we decide to take 40 back. We've never been there and it's high up on my bucket list.

      We liked the state park at Lake Colorado City. We were there on a weekend and there was hardly anyone there. So peaceful and quiet. The lake is down, due to the drought, but we could see it from our campsite.

      Have fun!