Last night we scored a great camping spot at an old deserted stockyard. Just off the highway, a private place all to our own. Unfortunately two weather fronts collided during the night causing a mishmash of winds, a 30 degree drop in temperature, a bit of rain, and ultimately we woke with a sandbox in our tent. The all mesh tent is great in theory for hot climates, unfortunately we’re learning that sand sneaks in under the rainfly with just minimal wind. After last night’s windstorm, we were covered. And while we welcomed the drop in temperature we were disappointed to find the wind had done a 180 and is now hitting us strait on.
The speed limit in these parts is 75mph. At that speed, this landscape likely looks like a blur of muted greens and dull browns.
But if you go slow enough, you can pick out the colors, the desert blooms, tiny offerings of beauty in this harsh environment. In a world of thorns, spines and tough exteriors, as if to compensate, the flowers are in stark contrast, bright, delicate, and inviting.
We’ve decided to check in to our first hotel on the trip. The Budget Inn is the best Sanderson, Texas (population 837) has to offer. It has four solid walls, a roof, indoor plumbing, wi-fi, cable TV, a mini fridge and a microwave, which is a whole lot more than we’ve had for a while. Right now we’re sitting in a tiny shed that serves as the town’s laundromat. Every time one of the machines goes on spin cycle the entire contraption feels like it’s going to shake off its foundation!