(Our southwest trip started May 1. All of my posts were written as the trip went along but were not posted live until we returned. If you want to read all the posts related to the trip, click on "southwest" in the label section below).
We saw signs for fried pies as we were traveling along I20 in Texas. We managed to sample one in Weatherford. While I understand it is in general a southern tradition, it is very popular in the Texas panhandle where it is advertised as being a specialty of the Arbuckle area of Oklahoma. My husband and I shared an apple fried pie and found it delicious.
As we left Weatherford, we again decided to try and find another of the wildlife areas advertised in the literature we had picked up at the Texas welcome center. We found this one a lot easier than the last one but this one, too, had a padlocked gate across the road. I was very annoyed and will definitely be writing to the contact information on the brochure.
Onward. Westward. I20 through Abilene, to Big Springs, where we turned north west aiming for Hobbs, NM. The area we drove through was definitely along the lines of what my husband pictured Texas would look like ... wide open, dusty, oil wells.
Hobbs, NM, of course, is along the same lines. Town is very spread out, lots of wind, lots of dust. We decided to check in and settle in, eating dinner out of the cooler tonight.