We collected and cashed final paychecks from Crazy Horse, did our pre-travel checklist, and set out on the road to Haslet, TX on Friday. Mike and Claudia, a wonderful couple who worked with us at Crazy Horse and who will be working with us at Amazon, traveled with us.
Nebraska is a prettier state than I imagined! Its Lake McConaughy, 8 miles northeast of Ogallala, was rated #14 by the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation on its 2015 Top 100 Family Places to Boat and Fish in the U.S. But the winds blowing across the prairie are brutal!
Kansas, once home to Dorothy Gale, Toto, Uncle Henry, and Aunt EM, has the distinction of having the largest watershed district in the U.S. The Pawnee Watershed District contains 1.5 million acres! We traversed the Smoky Valley Scenic Byway, though we didn’t see many of its renowned wildflowers in bloom. We stopped along the Santa Fe Trail for a satisfying picnic lunch that Yogi Bear and Boo Boo would have loved to snatch! “Skyscrapers” in these parts of Kansas consist of grain elevators.
|Picnic Area Along the Santa Fe Trail|
We encountered rain as we entered Oklahoma, “where the wind comes sweeping down the plain, and the wavin’ wheat sure smells sweet”. Lots of windmills here, though their blades are hidden in the clouds! I guess this is testimony to just how massive these windmills are, how low-lying the clouds are, or a combination of both! We entered Woodward, “Home of the Boomers!” Didn’t know “Big Boomer” had relatives!
|"Big Boomer" Apparently Has Relatives Living in Woodward, OK|
We parked in Walmart and walked over to Big Dan’s for a hearty dinner. The NY Strip was perfectly sized, succulently seared, and just plain old lip-smacking good. Combined with a salad bar any rodent would drool over and a side order of onion rings, my entire dinner tab came to only $20! Excellent food, service AND price earns Big Dan’s a 5-cheese rating!
We arrived in Texas to sweltering temps. Though most of the campgrounds offered by Amazon are small, “low budget” RV parks, we are satisfied and thankful. Unlike the facilities at Crazy Horse/Heritage Village, Texas Star has WiFi AND cable, and our Verizon phones and personal MiFi have excellent service! (At Crazy Horse, we were blowing through our 20 gigs of data simply searching for a signal. We never had more than 2 bars on our phones. Ironically, Mommy got better service when walking in the ravines on Mickelson Trail than anywhere at Crazy Horse/Heritage Village!)
We did some exploring with Mike and Claudia to get the “lay of the land” of the Fort Worth/Dallas area, and found all the mainstays we require. So far, so good. Well, time to go. I've gotta get to bed early--tomorrow is our big “orientation” day at Amazon!