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Got a Minute? – Round America

by admin on Apr.21, 2003, under Arizona, Bisbee, Deming, Douglas, Lordsburg, New Mexico, Places to Go, Shakespeare, Tombstone, Truth or Consequences, Tucson

Round America travels from Truth or Consequences, New Mexico to Tucson, Arizona. Truth or Consequences is a special town. We also visit the Shady Dell RV park in Bisbee, Arizona, Boot Hill in Tombstone, Arizona, and other interesting spots along the way.

I only sleep five or six hours a night, so I was up and away from the Best Western at 7:15 am. Sunny and clear. Tyler was still at the front desk, and I met Chuck. He told me a little about Truth or Consequences. He likes the name okay. It was the only reason I was there. I had to visit a town that changed its name to that of a popular radio and then TV program back in the 50′s.

I stopped for gas the second I saw a station. I may never pass a gas station again. Teston Miller owned the Chevron, and a nicer man you’ll never meet. The town was originally named Hot Springs — named because of the hot mineral springs that bubble up there. Then two things happened. Arthritis medicine came out, and the hot springs were not as important to folks, and the thriving tourism business slowed dramatically. The town of Hot Springs began to decline. When some resourceful folks in the town heard Ralph Edwards say on the radio in 1950 that he wished some town would change its name to Truth or Consequences to help the Truth or Consequences radio show celebrate its 10th anniversary, a movement began. A special election was called, and the vote was 1294 to 295; Hot Springs became Truth or Consequences. Now how cool is that! The folks in this small town seized the day and, as a result, obtained more national radio and TV publicity than any town of its size.

Sadly, Ralph Edwards is now gone to Heaven, and the show is gone as well, so the name doesn’t mean as much anymore — but what a great history. Ralph Edwards promised to come to the town and do a broadcast in 1950, and he kept his word. But he did a lot more. According to Teston, he came back every year for 50 years. He loved to ride a horse in the parade, but it was sad the last few years when he could no longer ride and had to be driven in a convertible. Then he couldn’t come at all, and now he’s gone.

If you aren’t old enough to have heard Truth or Consequences on the radio or to have seen it on TV, you may remember “This Is Your Life.” Ralph Edwards was the host, and he seemed like such a kind, special man. According to the people I met in “T or C,” he was just that.

The Sleepy Hollow RV Park & Smoke Shop was an unusual-looking business, so I stopped to take a photo of it and then of the mountains behind. A man hollered out: “Wrong time of day for that.” I responded that it was the only time of day I had. I met Roger Smith, co-owner of the Sleepy Hollow RV Park & Smoke Shop. He said: “You got a minute?” I said sure, and he ran off to his house a hundred feet or so away. He returned with a worn 3-ring binder in which he carefully maintains photocopies of what his house and RV Park looked like many years ago and a few other things that are special to him. He is very proud of his place. Roger told me there is a lot of great history here, but most folks are in too big a hurry and say “there’s nothing here.” Roger said people need to take the time to look around and ask questions and see what there is to see. He knew that without driving to 50 states.

Roger went on to tell me a number of great stories about “T or C.” I learned that Roger was once an aerospace engineer but spent last Spring as a ranch hand working with a buffalo herd. Nice nice man. When he learned I was headed for a day of seeing ghost towns and old western towns, he invited me in and dug around to find some photocopied brochures of places I would have never known about otherwise. His wife, co-owner Marylin, jumped me as I entered. She was caring for two children while selling cigarettes out the window in front. “We ain’t buying no advertising. It doesn’t do any good. The government is putting us out of business with all the taxes on cigarettes and the like, and advertising doesn’t work.” When she came up for air, I told her that I wasn’t selling advertising. She saw the little white car and the notebook and prejudged me big-time. It was Roger’s prized notebook. She finally calmed down. She said Roger is the nice one. She was right about that.

Roger and I shook hands and said goodbye. As I headed out the door, Roger chased after me. He opened his notebook and gave me his color photocopy of his RV Park. Tears came to my good eye. You had to be there to understand.

I drove back into town to take some more photos. I couldn’t leave without doing that for I had certainly learned that most people think there’s nothing here and don’t take the time to look around. I owed it to Roger.

I saw a number of mountains as I drove on. That’s what they’ve got in New Mexico — lots of pretty mountains. They grow chile peppers in this area. More dust. There was one spot along the highway with a sign that warned of dust storms for the next 40 miles. “Zero visibility is possible.” I learned that in Big Bend. I haven’t been able to see very well out of my left eye for three days now.

In Deming New Mexico, I saw a glorious sight — a Radio Shack. I began looking for a place that would sell a pocket tape recorder in Hidalgo — 2,099 miles back. Hard for a city slicker to believe, but absolutely true. Ernie helped me and suggested that I see Columbus, New Mexico — the only US town ever invaded, if you don’t count 9/11. Pancho Villa was the terrorist.

I was stopped on the street by Walt and Zinta, two former academics who were off on their own trip. Walt told me a funny joke that I probably shouldn’t repeat here.

On the edge of the town of Lordsburg New Mexico, I spotted an old bus that had been turned into a roadside cafe. Taco Loco. It somehow looked like just the spot for a guy who drove 600 miles to eat two pieces of pie.

A trucker of 22 years named Kenny who had pulled over for a two-hour nap and had just awakened after 12 hours was waiting for his food. He said he reckons he must have been more tired than he thought. He was doing take-out…eating as he drives. His dog was doing a lot of barking. Mercedes was her name. Kenny said an old lady (trucker and biker talk for wife) and several girlfriends had come and gone, but Mercedes had stuck with him. Mercedes learned to honk the horn on the steering wheel of the truck, so Kenny had to tape it off so she couldn’t honk and wake him up. But she’s a smart little dog as Kenny said she had now figured out how to blow the air horn. No wonder he slept for 12 hours.

Phyllis stuck her head out the little window, and I ordered a breakfast burrito. Man was it good — a big soft flour tortilla filled with eggs, bacon, hash brown potatoes and topped with salsa. What a bargain at $2.65. I gave her $5.00 and told her to keep the change, and you would have thought I had given her the $100 I won in Biloxi! I wish I had. I asked Phyllis how long she had been open, and she said: “Not long enough. I’ll be out of business next week. They’ve sold the land, and I am being evicted.” She was so nice. This was so sad. First Roger and now Phyllis. She went on to tell me that she had never made any money. “Just covering expenses.” She was a one-person operation, and the hours sign said 7 am to 9 pm, 7 days a week. That’s 98 hours a week “just covering expenses.” I told Phyllis things would get better, and I told her I would keep my eye out for a new location as I drove around town. She of course knew what I was about to find out; Lordsburg is one of those once neat old western towns that has all but dried up. There was no place to go around there.

I drove out to see the Shakespeare Ghost Town. It was even on Cody and Erica’s map, so I figured it had to be good. It was closed — only opens occasionally. Private property. I’ve never seen so many do not enter signs in my life. There wasn’t a one at the Trinity Site, but this place was clearly off limits. A sign said it was the owner’s residence. I imagine it would be a problem if the trailer you live in is on the street of a ghost town listed in Cody and Erica’s map.

There was little but desert between Shakespeare New Mexico and Douglas Arizona. But I did spot a car well off the two-lane road literally in the middle of desert nowhere. There was a “For Sale” sign in the window. I thought, “Now, that’s an optimist!”

Arizona became state #8, and I drove around Douglas for a few minutes before going to Bisbee, Arizona. I really liked Bisbee. It’s an old mining town, and the open pit mine is still operating and takes up about half the town. The town is built into the side of a mountain, and it has great old buildings everywhere.

I saw a sign for Shady Dell RV Park, and I had it on my list of things to see, so I turned. I couldn’t remember why I wanted to see it, but I knew the second I saw it. Shady Dell has rare antique travel trailers available for rent. The place is really well done, and it would have been a wonderful experience for a night.  The fabulous fully-restored 1957 Dot’s Diner is there, and I had Rhubarb Pie. Waitresses Mary and Kirsten recommended it. I’d never had rhubarb, but I know now why my Dad loves it so much. I sat next to a man and his son, two Roberts. I saw young Robert eyeing my beads, so I struck up a conversation.

In downtown Bisbee, I met several people, including Neil Ziegler and two ladies whose names I should have gotten at the Bisbee Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Center. They were very helpful and informative. I took some photos. Had I known Bisbee was as neat as it was, I would have stayed a lot longer, but I wanted to get to Tombstone before the last gunfight of the day. Arizona is on Pacific time during the Daylight Savings part of the year.

Tombstone, Arizona is the famous old western town with the OK Corral and Boot Hill. I had looked forward to visiting, but I was disappointed. I’m surprised they didn’t have someone posted at every road into town to charge you a fee just to pass through. I felt a little ornery so I chose not to pay to see the Bird Cage Theatre, the OK Corral, or the world’s largest rosebush. At least Boot Hill was free, though the gift shop that seems to own it was accepting donations.

I reached Tucson, Arizona as the sun was setting, and as I drove straight into a blinding sun, my eye really started to water. Probably some dust (no extra charge) picked up in Tombstone. I’m sure it was a fabulous sunset, but I settled for the room, several shots of Visine, and a couple of Advil. You can’t chase the sun every day. Three weeks on the road, and I was ready for some rest.

As the day ended, I pledged to always have a minute.

Bill Windsor

Here are all the photos from Day 21 of the Round America 50-State Trip.

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The Great Pie Adventure – Round America

by admin on Apr.20, 2003, under Capitan, Lincoln, Magdalena, New Mexico, Pie Town, Places to Go, Quemado, Roswell, Truth or Consequences

Round America travels from Roswell, New Mexico to Pie Town and on to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. It was an exciting day — seeing all the UFOs in Roswell and visiting a town that is famous for its pies and is actually named Pie Town.

Every day has been an adventure. Some more than others. Today was heavy on adventure. I went on an Easter Egg hunt of sorts. I didn’t stop to appreciate that today was Easter Sunday until it was too late.

I stayed at the Loco Motel (better known as the Roswell Comfort Inn). According to three absolutely delightful ladies who I met at the checkout counter at the motel, when they had their carpets cleaned, it was “news” that was written up in the paper, and it said “loco motel” rather than “local motel.” Ana, JoJo and Betty Boop (Veronica) were a hoot. All work at the “Loco.” Veronica gave me a really cute handmade rabbit with a colored egg inside. She wanted to go on the trip with me in the worst of ways — stuck her leg out and pulled her pants leg up a little feigning a Marilyn Monroe hitchhiker pose as I drove off.

Fun ladies. A great way to start the day. I’d hate to guess how many times in my life I have checked out of a hotel or motel and just paid my money without saying a real word to anyone. I asked about UFO’s or mentioned my beads or something, and the next thing you know, three of us are having a ball telling stories and talking. I think we all need to talk to each other more. It makes for a more enjoyable life.

I’ve certainly found that folks in smaller towns are much nicer than folks in larger towns. I’ve also found that the folks who work in smaller places tend to be much nicer than folks who work in larger places. Folks who work in less expensive places tend to be much nicer than those who work in more expensive places. There’s a lot to be said for small. As we learned on Day 1, there is a kinder and gentler America, and it is alive and well in small towns.

Roswell, New Mexico is cool. I really liked it there. The city (47,000 people makes it a big city on this trip) appears to be much more prosperous than most of the towns I have seen since April 1.

The first adventure of the day was UFOs! I passed the New Mexico Military Institute on the way to UFO Central, which is right in the middle of downtown Roswell. I absolutely loved the way so many merchants — even fine furniture stores and investment companies — had aliens and UFOs in their windows. Nothing like getting with the spirit!

It was June 24, 1947 when Kenneth Arnold saw a UFO near Roswell. It was big news all over. On July 5, 1947, Mac Brazel found debris. The Roswell UFO incident is the biggest and best documented of the various alleged UFO sightings.

I began my UFO education at the Crash Down Diner where I met Richard Hesse and his daughter, Melissa. Melissa owns the Diner, and Richard and his wife, Randhi, own the Starchild Gift Shop right next door offering a truly incredible selection of alien and UFO gift items. It would make The Shell Factory proud! I had a wonderful alien-shaped pancake for breakfast, smothered in caramel sauce and topped with ice cream, whipped cream, and nuts. Yummy. I met Carl Schlach from Michigan at the Crash Down.

Richard Hesse believes there is life out there. He says “do the math.” There are millions of stars, and the odds are that there is something out there somewhere. It certainly seems possible to me.

I met two nice ladies who work at the International UFO Museum and Research Center — Phyllis and Wanda. The museum is really well done with all types of displays about the Roswell incident and others — even has an area presenting the position of those who do not believe. The museum was free, but I made a donation. I wish I had spent more time reading what was available. I will return to Roswell with Bozzie Jane; we’ll make a vacation of several days doing Big Bend, Marfa, Roswell, and points in between. Phyllis said she looked forward to meeting Barbara. Sweet lady.

I was delighted to find an Office Max and a Target in Roswell. I had been on the lookout for days for a place to get a new tape recorder. I pulled up, and they were closed. Easter. I didn’t stop to think that this would be a factor throughout the day. When you live in places like Dallas, Cleveland, and Atlanta, you expect to be able to buy virtually anything at any time.

I saw what I was sure was a spaceship as I headed out of town. I snapped a photo. Upon further investigation, it was the top of a grain silo, but it sure had the right look in the right place. Maybe it was a spaceship masquerading as a grain silo. I choose to be a believer.

Richard Hesse told me to be sure and check out the Roswell City Limits sign. It said “Dairy Capital of the Southwest.” What?! UFOs put Roswell on the map, and the city fathers are promoting dairy. Those folks haven’t learned the important lesson that most small towns know: Celebrate what you got!

Today is a big day. I am detouring several hundred miles out of the original path for the trip in order to see one and only one thing: Pie Town, New Mexico. The place got its name from a lady who baked pies for the ranchers in those parts. It has grown over the years from one lady to where it now has a population of 60. I learned of it several years ago when someone gave me an article about great pie, and the Pie-O-Neer Cafe in Pie Town, New Mexico was featured. A “Pie Trip” could not possibly be valid without a visit to Pie Town, so I carefully charted the course. It’s literally as remote a location as is Big Bend — nothing of any consequence for 100 miles or more. So, another adventure began as I rolled out of Roswell in anticipation of great pie — multiple pieces of delicious pie!

I saw some surprisingly interesting towns en route. Lincoln, New Mexico is a neat little mountain town. Lots of history. Buildings are restored or are being restored.

Just after noon, I got my first glimpse of snowcapped El Capitan Mountain. 10 minutes later, I was in the cute little town of Capitan, New Mexico. I was pleasantly surprised to learn that Capitan is the home of Smokey the Bear, and he is buried there. I stopped at the Smokey the Bear Museum.

I also stopped at the Shell station to fill up and grab a Coke. Corinna said “nice beads.” As I’ve said, many women smiled and some commented. But men tended to think I was a deviate of some type.

Since I left Del Rio way down in South Texas, I had essentially been without cell phone service. New Mexico was no better, except in Roswell.

Most states had sent me a map, but New Mexico did not get one to me before I left, so the map I got from Cody and Erica was very much needed. According to the map, I was to be passing near part of the White Sands Missile Range. That’s neat. So when the sign said it was just five miles off the highway, the little white car just headed there automatically. I had to see it.

All of a sudden I realized where I was! The Trinity Site — the site where the first Atomic Bomb was tested on July 16, 1945. This was a serious deal.

I pulled up to the main gate where I was met by Gus, the security man. His badge looked a lot more official than Dr. Doug Blackburn’s. I asked if I could go in, and Gus said I’d have to come back in October. I told him I was just passing through, writing a book, and on April 20, October just didn’t work well for me. Gus didn’t think I was very funny. He said: “October.” I got the message, so I went to Plan B. I asked if it was okay to take a few photos. “No.” I was wishing Rose was with me. She knows how to get photos of forbidden stuff. To Plan C, “Gus, may I take your picture?” “No.” Gus was a man of few words. Perhaps I should always remove my Mardi Gras beads before approaching men with guns at military installations. So, I hopped back in my car, hooked a U and went into Plan D. I drove quickly away and snapped a few photos from a Distance while Gus went back to reading the Sunday paper. Rose would be proud.

On the road again, my next stop was Magdalena, New Mexico. Never heard of it, but it is a nice little spot that is undoubtedly a small artist’s community. Probably just a few hundred people there. I met two nice boys, Daniel and Chris. They were excited to have their photo taken, and then they got into the spirit of the trip and kept coming up with ideas of spots in Magdalena that I should photograph. They followed me on bike. I saw an Easter Egg Hunt in a park area with some great sculptures apparently done by a local artist. I liked Magdalena.

I kept checking the map as Pie Town didn’t appear to be getting much closer. I discovered there was a HUGE error on my Excel spreadsheet itinerary. The number 100 was in the mileage column, but it was more like 300. I decided I had to press on. I just kept driving and driving and driving.

Pretty scenery, but you know how it is when you are mentally programmed for one thing and your system gets thrown off. The next thing on my handy Cody and Erica map was the “National Radio Astronomy Observatory.” I stopped to take a quick photo from a distance. As I looked back at it in the rearview mirror, I realized what I had just passed. THAT was The Array! The site of the Jodie Foster movie, “Contact.” Excellent movie! Had I realized and known they had a video presentation, I would have driven over.

UFO’s, White Sands, and The Array. This is adventure at its best!

A few miles down the road, I realized I had been in a big adventure for some time. I had been looking for gas, but the little towns either had no gas stations, or they were closed. When I hit Datil, a town printed in slightly larger, bolder letters on the map, I began to panic when the only gas station there was closed. The last open gas station I recalled seeing was the Shell station I visited 172 miles back in Capitan. I figured I was good for about 70 miles max. I pulled out the Cody and Erica map again to see if there was any town that had larger, bolder type anywhere near Datil. There were no options. The best bet looked like it was in ARIZONA — a ways past Pie Town, New Mexico! I knew I couldn’t make it that far. I began to panic. All I had wanted to do was eat some pie.

There were very few cars on the road. No wonder. There ain’t no gas.

I decided the only thing to do was keep going toward Pie Town. I passed the Continental Divide the first time at 5:05 pm and pulled into Pie Town two minutes later. That annoying “you are out of gas buddy” light was shining for the last I don’t know how many miles.

Pie Town is really tiny, so I had no trouble finding the Pie-O-Neer Cafe. Despite the gas situation, I was so excited to see it. I took a few photos. Then I went up the steps, and I saw it. “CLOSED.” No way I have driven 300 miles or so to eat pie and have Pie Town’s pie cafe closed. Devastated was not the right D word.

I knocked on the door. A nice lady came. They had just closed at 5. I told her I had driven 5,500 miles to eat pie there, and I gave her my card and pulled the photocopy of the article out of my notebook to show her I was telling the truth. She let me in. They had just a few pieces of pie left. I had Apple Walnut Raisin and Peach. Very good! I met the owner, Kim Bruck. She and three brothers moved there from Chicago, so Pie Town had grown to population 65. She told me that Coconut Cream, Oatmeal Raisin, and Apple Crumb were her best sellers. I told her if it were not for the fact that I was almost out of gas that I would be in pie heaven. She gave me a free slice of pie and a little pie-shaped magnet as a gift for Bozzie. I enjoyed talking with her, but they wanted to close up and go home, and I wanted to see if I could find a land line to call AAA to put their service to a real test — delivering gas a million miles from nowhere. Kim and her brother told me there might be a gas station open 22 miles west — usually open until 6, but not sure about Easter Sunday. It was 5:45, so I said a quick goodbye and I drove very fast to Quemado where I could have kissed Robert, the attendant at J&Y Auto Service, when he was still open. If it hadn’t been for two ladies and a flat tire in a huge RV, he would have been long gone.

Life was good again. It is a shame that gasoline detracted from the visit to Pie Town, but thank heaven the Pie-O-Neer was even open on Easter Sunday and J&Y Auto Service. I never thought I would be happy paying $1.00 more per gallon than I had ever paid for gas before, but I was. Best gas by far. Ain’t supply and demand grand.

Back to Cody and Erica’s map, I now had to re-route myself to Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. I identified a new way to go without backtracking, and I saw some gorgeous scenery in the many mountains of New Mexico. Because I was driving in the mountains, the sun was shielded, and it became dark much earlier than it does out in the desert where I’ve been for a few days. As it got darker, the mountain roads became less enjoyable. I passed the Continental Divide again about 9:30. 226 miles from Quemado, I pulled into the Best Western in Truth or Consequences. The last 40 miles was spent hugging the yellow line as I circled a mountain with the rocks of the mountain to the left and black space to the right and no guard rails. It was the only time I was glad Bozzie Jane was not with me. When I told Tyler at the Best Western the road I had come in on, he said: “You drove that AT NIGHT?!” Yep. I’m glad I couldn’t see; it was too dark to see, and my left eye was hurting the whole day. At least there were no other cars. I’m sure most of you are thinking that no one in their right mind would drive that far for two pieces of pie. You’re absolutely right. But it will be a special memory and fun story to tell.

It is so important for happiness to maintain a positive attitude, hope for the best, but be prepared for the worst. I realized that life in small towns and remote spots has its trade-offs. It’s unlike life in the big cities where we have lived. For the most part, life in small towns seems gentler and happier to me, but there are always trade-offs, and one of the biggest is learning how to adjust for a limited number of places to shop and get essentials such as gas. Come to think of it, Ginger conveyed that to us on the first day of our trip.

Bill Windsor

Here are all the photos from Day 20 on the Round America 50-State Trip.

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Round America – 50-State Trip – Day 19 Photos

by admin on Apr.19, 2003, under Carlsbad, New Mexico, Places to Go

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Carlsbad, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Loving, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Loving, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Loving, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Loving, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Loving, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Loving, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Whites City, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Whites City, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Whites City, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Whites City, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Whites City, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Whites City, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Whites City, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Whites City, New Mexico – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and New Mexico Tours.

Big Bend, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Big Bend, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Big Bend, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Big Bend, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Big Bend Ranch, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Texas Border – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Texas Border – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Texas Border – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Texas Border – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Fort Davis, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Fort Davis, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Fort Davis, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Fort Davis, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Fort Davis, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Fort Davis, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Fort Davis, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Fort Davis, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Fort Davis, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Fort Davis, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Fort Davis, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Fort Davis, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Fort Davis, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Fort Davis, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Fort Davis, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Fort Davis, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Fort Davis, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Fort Davis, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Kermit, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Kermit, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Lajitas, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Marfa, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Pecos, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Pecos, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Pecos, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Pecos, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Pecos, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Pecos, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Pecos, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Pecos, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Pecos, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Pecos, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Presidio, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Presidio, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Presidio, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Presidio, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Presidio, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Presidio, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Shafter, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Shafter, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Shafter, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Shafter, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Shafter, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Shafter, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Shafter, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Shafter, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Shafter, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Shafter, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Study Butte, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Study Butte, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Study Butte, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Study Butte, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Study Butte, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Study Butte, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Toyahvale, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Toyahvale, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Toyahvale, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Toyahvale, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Valentine, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Valentine, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Verhalen, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Verhalen, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Wink, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Wink, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Wink, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Wink, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Wink, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Wink, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Wink, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Wink, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Wink, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Wink, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Wink, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Wink, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Wink, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Wink, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Wink, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Wink, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

Wink, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip.

Wink, Texas – Round America – 50-State Trip. Bill and Barbara Windsor travel to all 50 states on two-lane roads taking photos and writing about the places they go, the sights they see, the people they meet, and the pie they eat. Great resource for sightseeing, tours, travel information, vacation planning, and pie. This photo was taken on a Round America Trip Copyright 2003-2008, Round America and Texas Tours.

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Marfa and the World’s Largest Horseshoe – Round America

by admin on Apr.19, 2003, under Big Bend National Park, Carlsbad, Fort Davis, Lajitas, Loving, Marfa, New Mexico, Places to Go, Presidio, Roswell, Shafter, Study Butte, Terlingua, Texas, Wink

Round America travels from Big Bend National Park, Texas to Carlsbad Caverns, New Mexico via Marfa and Wink.  Marfa is a lovely artist’s community with the spooky Marfa Lights.  Wink is the birthplace of Roy Orbison and home of the Roy Orbison Museum.

The BADlands Hotel was B-A-D. As I reported yesterday, the hotel was cheaply built. For $195 a night, I expected top quality, but there was NO quality in the room. In fact, there wasn’t even electricity, running water, or telephone service — though all were supposed to be provided. The service was poor from the time I dropped in to book the room, to the time I checked in later that night, to checkout.

The only thing worse than the lack of speed with which the checkout guy handled checking me out was his complete void of personality. When he handed me my bill, not only was there no adjustment for the lack of electricity, water, or telephone service in a room with the windows caulked shut, they had tacked on a $15 “resort fee.” Words cannot express….

Let me just say to Steve Smith, the “Austin billionaire who has bought Lajitas, Texas and has turned it into a resort” as I was told is the case. If the rest of Lajitas is like the BADlands Hotel, you should have stuck with whatever made you rich. I felt completely, totally ripped off by the BADlands. And to take a lovely, old town that dates back to an ancient Rio Grande River crossing first recorded by Spanish explorers in 1588 and completely convert it to a modern-day tourist trap resort should be a crime punishable by extended imprisonment in room 216.

You have to blow off steam every once in a while; I’m glad I got that off my chest.

Despite my eye injury, I got up and out before the sun came up as I wanted to see the sunrise at Big Bend. I hiked a ways off the road to an area that Yvette, the bartender / waitress from last night, told me would be the best spot. I sat on a rock in the cool morning air and saw a beautiful sunrise out of my right eye. I got several excellent photos, even though I am now having to modify my photographic efforts as I have always been a left eye shooter. I’ll be doing right eye work for a few days.

I started meeting interesting people bright and early with “Dr. Kathy” and “Dr. Doug Blackburn” of the Phillips 66 station in Study Butte. I picked up a Visine product, but when I told Kathy, the Phillips 66 store manager, about my eye problem, she knew I had the wrong stuff, so she became Dr. Kathy as I was directed to get something that was not limited on the amount of daily use. Visine Tears was the right product for me, and it gave me some relief, though my eye hurt badly throughout the day. I felt bad about complaining during the first few days of the trip about having to take my glasses off to be able to take photographs and not seeing as well as I used to. It could be worse.

Dr. Doug Blackburn is a real character. He came up and knocked on my window as I was organizing myself for the day’s drive. He was wearing hospital scrubs with an impressive-looking hospital-like photo ID pinned to his blue scrub top. But he had on a “Study Butte Store” baseball cap, and when I looked closer at the ID, it said “Doctor of Boarderline Psychology.” We talked about the trip, Terlingua, Study Butte, and Lajitas…and some of the characters who lived around there. I asked: “May I take your photo, Dr. Blackburn?” He said: “Oh, I’m not a real doctor; I’m just one of the clerks at the Study Butte Phillips 66 gas station and store.” I didn’t want to tell him that I had long since figured that out. He proudly pulled back his jacket so his ID would be clearly visible in the photo. Nice guy and obviously a lot of fun! The Round America sign on the car was very effective as it pulled people to me, and I met far more people as a result.

The Study Butte Mall aka Phillips 66 station has a stoplight in the front of it. It’s the only stoplight in the town. It’s on their property — not on the road. Pretty cute.

Since I drove back and forth between Big Bend and Lajitas several times, and Terlingua is the town in between, it will probably be the town that was most visited on the trip. I went to or through Terlingua five times.

Driving back and forth in Big Bend and at a few other points during the trip, I realized that you see a different view just by traveling in the opposite direction. Maybe we’ll take this trip “backwards” someday — do the same route, but head north from Savannah rather than south, and just travel “backwards.”

Blue sky today, so I was tempted to stay and repeat all the photos I took on overcast yesterday. But at 8:15, I pulled away from Study Butte and drove to Presidio Texas, which may be an even more beautiful drive than the drives I took through Big Bend yesterday. The sky was blue, so the pictures are pretty good, though I didn’t stop as much as I would have because my eye was just killing me.

I saw a lot of faces in rocks today. I swear I saw Bob Hope’s face in a rock. I may have gone too long driving alone in the car. Come back Bozzie Jane! On another trip, I’d like to try photographing the faces that I see and then using PhotoShop to alter the images so others can see what I see.

Right outside Lajitas, the Big Bend Ranch State Park begins. Gorgeous views. Many more “oh ****s” today. I stopped at the “Contrabando” movie set. At several points, I stopped for a photo, and then turned around to see another stunning view. Sometimes we never turn around and miss the good stuff.

Because of the eye problem, I skipped a few things today that I otherwise would have done.

Presidio is a small town, but bigger than most I have seen lately. I stopped briefly at the ghost town of Shafter, Texas. Fort Shafter was a defense against the Apaches. Someone there has a sense of humor as there was a makeshift “roadside park” set up in Shafter — two folding stools and an umbrella. At least I think it was to be funny…maybe just a way for the one or two folks living there to meet the occasional tourist who stops by for a photo.

I landed in the delightful little town of Marfa, Texas at noon, and I spent much longer there than planned as it proved to be a special place. It seems that a wealthy artist and/or art lover, the late Don Judd, was originally the person who decided to restore Marfa’s buildings. Then along came Tim Crowley to continue the process. The result is that virtually all of the great old buildings in the center of the town have been restored. Marfa has a significant artist’s community, and judging by the number of airplanes at the airport in this small town of 2400 people, there are a lot of folks with some money in and around Marfa.

The largely non-commercial restoration of the buildings in Marfa has made it a really special place. Undoubtedly a place that the artists would love to keep a secret. I thought of all the small decaying towns that we’ve seen. Every town needs a wealthy art lover, but few have one. Marfa is so fortunate to have had two.

The old military base was turned into a HUGE art museum by Mr. Crowley. It encompasses many of the military buildings, and there are a lot of them. I found out about the Chinati Foundation and museum from skateboarders Erik, Jerek, and Anthony. I asked where I could find the world’s largest horseshoe, and Erik said it was at the Chinati Foundation, and he directed me there.

The Chinati Foundation looked like it might be some kind of cult place, and when the two nice young men inside, Tim and Jason, said I could not come in, I really started to wonder. But they told me it was an art museum, and two Austin artists outside, Scout and John, confirmed it. Tim and Jason said they did not have the authority to let me in to photograph the horseshoe, so I headed to town for lunch.

I turned down a side street looking for a restaurant with pickup trucks. That’s a great way to find a good restaurant in Texas. Another great way is to look closely at the civic club signs at the city limits as many will say where the club meets for lunch. Chances are, they meet at the good places. On this street, I saw two great 50′s-era motels, the Capri Inn and the Thunderbird Inn. I had an excellent T-Bird Club Sandwich at the Thunderbird Restaurant. The waitress, Rose, is definitely in the running for best waitress on the trip. She has a great smile, and we had a delightful conversation. She also was an invaluable resource about Marfa. She told me several sights to see; told me about the Marfa Lights; and explained how I could take a photograph of the horseshoe without permission. I loved that part.

I put on my shades and my secret undercover mission began! I followed Rose’s directions and drove down the road and took a left just past the Laundromat. Then I drove for a mile and a half and began looking to the left for the museum buildings at the old base. Once I saw the buildings, I was to turn into the area with several homes and go in the backyard of the one closest to the horseshoe. I found the closest house, and I pulled the car around a barn on the side. I got out, tiptoed through the horse pasture, zoomed the camera in as far as it would go, and snapped one photo. Then I ran back to the car and started to pull out when the lady of the house caught me. She asked: “what in the world are you doing in my yard?” I replied: “Just taking a photo of the horse shoe.” She said, “the horse sh**?” I said “no ma’am, SHOE. Sorry to have troubled you,” and I sped off as I had when I spotted Fast Freddy with the giant hedge clippers. I mentally thanked Rose, and enjoyed a nice sense of accomplishment from having managed to get a photo of the forbidden horseshoe (even if it was from 100 yards or more away).

Back into the center of Marfa, I began to see that Marfa has quite an artist’s community. There’s a great flag sculpture next to the courthouse, and there are a number of galleries. I understand there is a lot more hidden from view. Kind of like those rattlesnakes Dr. Dan told me about in Lajitas. I met and spoke with Belinda and Kim — two Marfa artists. I learned a lot more about the art activity in the town.

The Marfa Lights are an unexplained phenomenon that causes lights to appear in the sky. According to Rose (who I would trust with my life), it’s no hoax. A number of scientists have been in to try to figure it out. There are several theories, but no explanation. I was sorry I couldn’t stick around to see if the lights came out that night. But Boz and I will absolutely come back to Marfa and spend a day or two. If one wanted to live in a town of 2,400 people, Marfa looked like it would be a dandy. It’s hard to believe that we lived most of our life in Texas and had never really heard much about Big Bend and had heard nothing about Marfa except the spooky lights.

I stopped briefly in Fort Davis, Texas. It had a lot of tourists. After seeing Big Bend, I saw no reason to take the scenic drive through the Fort Davis Mountains. That would have been like going to the carnival after having just been to Disney World. If Barbara had been with me, we would have seen the doll museum there. I can’t figure out how Fort Davis had so many more tourists than a lot of other great places I have been. Perhaps because it is easier to get to.

Not far outside Fort Davis, the land flattened, and I began seeing terrain similar to what I grew up with in West Texas — flat and dusty. There was a good old West Texas dust storm blowing, and this was the last thing my eye needed. Then a lot of oil wells appeared, so it was flat and dusty with oil wells.

I was taking this route so I could hit Wink, Texas to see the Roy Orbison MuseumRoy Orbison had such great songs — Pretty Woman, Only the Lonely, and others. A very unique voice. Roy is Wink’s claim to fame. There actually is one other claim to fame there — the Wink Sink — a giant sinkhole. They do have a red water tower and formerly had a Pink Panther Bar.

I snapped a few classic small town photos in Kermit Texas, and then I boogied for the New Mexico line. The time changed there, so it was just before 5:30 Mountain Daylight Time. The scenery changed almost immediately as well — greener, some hills, and mountains in the distance. New Mexico, “the Land of Enchantment,” is a very beautiful state, but you gotta like mountains.

I passed through Loving New Mexico, and I was hoping to get some love-oriented pictures, but I didn’t see any businesses to speak of, and nothing was love-related. We’ve seen way too many adult businesses in tiny towns; if there had been one there, I would have photographed it. What I did find is that a great salesperson once visited Loving. Might be the same guy who made such a big sale in the country of Belgium where all the highways have street lights every 50 feet or so. Same deal in Loving. There were street lights every 50 feet from one city limits sign to the other. I hadn’t seen anything like this anywhere else.

I pulled in to Carlsbad Caverns National Park about 6 pm. I saw a sign that said “Eat 750 feet underground.” Not me. Both Boz and I are quite claustrophobic. So, I took a picture of the sign, and called it a Carlsbad’s Caverns.

I was much more excited to see White’s City. White’s City uses Burma Shave-like billboards to advertise for many miles. It’s an OLD souvenir shop tourist trap (and I say that in a good way). I wanted to see their Million Dollar Museum. I paid my $3 and went in. I’m sorry to report that it was a little better than Sponge-O-Rama, but not much. Then again, Sponge-O-Rama was free. The Million Dollar Museum was 11 rooms in the basement filled with old displays of “antiques,” some of which were in poor condition. I’m afraid White’s City was a disappointment — not what it used to be. If I hadn’t been so tired of driving and my eye hadn’t hurt so badly, I probably would have found it entertaining in a camp sort of way. Attitude is an amazing thing.

As I drove back to Carlsbad (Carlsbad Caverns is about 20 miles outside the city of Carlsbad, New Mexico), Gutter of the Brotherhood of the 74 motorcycle gang waved for me to pull over. Three weeks ago, this would have scared the dickens out of me, but it was a busy street, and he looked nice. Big on that big Harley, but nice. He was no weekend biker (and we’ve seen a whole lot of them); his jacket and doo-rag were the real stuff. We had a nice talk, and he agreed to let me take his photo. He wanted to be sure I told everyone that the Brotherhood of 74 does a lot for charity. I overheard him speaking to someone on his cell phone as I drove off; he told them he was going to be in a book. Folks really like that!

I chased the sun once again, but I was smack dab in the middle of Carlsbad. I tried to get to the outskirts of town, but I had to settle for sunset at a temporary storage facility. Not every sunset can be a Big Bend masterpiece. Gotta take ‘em as you find ‘em and learn to enjoy what you got.

The restaurant on my list for Carlsbad was Casa de Cortez. I found it on the highway. The place was filled with older locals, so I knew it would be great, and it was. If their hot sauce had been more to my taste, I probably would say their Mexican was the best yet…but I’m sticking with Rosita’s as best so far. I never got the name of the waitress. She was busy. I was tired.

I spotted the No Whiner Diner just before Casa de Cortez, so I backtracked for dessert. Alyssa recommended the apple pie with ice cream, and it was very good. In the parking lot, I met an interesting young woman named Alma — from Wisconsin. She said she was trying to get away from the guy she had come to Carlsbad with and was trying to get home, but AAA was not answering the phone…or something like that. I asked if I could do anything to help, and she said “pray for me.” I asked permission (as I always do) and took her photo. I asked if she had any money, and she said no. I gave her $20. If she was a hustler, she had the best approach I have ever seen as I never felt hustled. I hope she was just a young girl who needed to get home to Wisconsin. It’s so much more gratifying to look at things positively.

I met Cody and Erica at a Chevron station. Cody was born here, and Erica got stuck here. From what little I saw, Carlsbad wouldn’t go on my list of favorite cities.

Just outside of Artesia New Mexico, I had my first truly scary experience on the trip. I watched as a car pulled out of a parking lot, and I thought for a split second that I had gotten confused and was somehow on a one way road going in the wrong direction as the car came straight at me. No, I was in the right place; the car had turned into the wrong lane and was heading straight for me. Fortunately, I saw it all happen and had the time to maneuver off onto the shoulder and out of harm’s way.

I was relieved to reach Roswell, New Mexico. I had never planned to stay at the far south end of Big Bend, so I was on the road for 100 miles more than planned today. Too much. Then I spent several hours in Marfa (which will be in the running for Best Small Town). I was tired, but Roswell appeared to be a very thriving city of 47,000, and I was anxious to see all the UFO stuff.

I met Becky, Bill, and Fletcher as I checked into the Comfort Inn. They each confirmed that they felt UFO’s exist and are real. Bill had seen lights. I was delighted to fall asleep with this important issue put to bed.

One of the most asked questions is “where are you from?” I started the trip saying “Atlanta.” Now, I say I am from the town I last slept in, but tonight I will be from the town I will next sleep in. This usually starts an interesting conversation.

History is good and important and to be treasured. I wish things could be more like Marfa and less like Lajitas. Restored rather than overly commercialized. I never even thought about being a “preservationist” before this trip, but I am one. I also learned another important lesson: to enunciate more clearly the next time I get caught with my camera in someone’s horse pasture.

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For the last two weeks, I have rarely known what day of the week it was.

Bill Windsor

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