1. I’ve heard of wild turkeys, but boy was I surprised to see three different sightings of them on the road side in west Texas.
2. I had heard about the “Prada Marfa” art work that is a building that looks like a Prada storefront, but was quite surprised to see several cars parked so that they could visit the art work. (At the cost of $80,000, this “artsy” storefront in the middle of nowhere seems rather odd to me – we drove by it quite accidentally.)
3. Now that Barnes & Noble has come into so many cities across the United States and gotten rid of the mom & pop bookstores, I was pleasantly surprised to find a town in Texas with a population around 6000 with two book stores and what looks like a very nice little library with a sign that says “Second Best Small Library in America.” Great to know Alpine, Texas has so many readers!
4. As we were heading into El Paso, on I-10 (a major interstate) we saw a couple who had pulled over onto an entrance ramp, who were digging up a Yucca plant to apparently take with them. That was odd indeed!
5. Right as we were heading into El Paso, Texas we saw a dust twister, and leaving that same city we saw another dust twister an one side of the highway, with another dust twister on the other side of the highway. That’s a whole lot of dust twisting!
6. Outside of Las Cruces, New Mexico we saw a sign that said “Dust storms my exist. Zero visibility possible.” Not a sign that fosters a lot of faith in one’s driving abilities.
7. Same area as # 6, I wonder about the people who live out in this desert, how their lungs must be…
8. Same area as # 6, shame on me for thinking that San Antonio possibly going into stage 3 water restrictions is a drag.
9. A lot of the buildings/homes in the Mission Hills area of San Diego made me think of David Suchet’s Hercule Poirot’s home. The deco style architecture in a lot of the places was just too cool: bubble glass, curved walls, angles inside of other angles, etc.
10. As we were driving to a wonderful area (Point Loma), we saw a real life mailman walking from one house to the next, delivering the mail. With the advent of all these collection boxes that are now so common, neither of us had seen a walking mailman in years unless you count the one we saw recently in an episode of the old Hazel television show.
This concludes my “Oddities from the Road” entry, although, who knows, there may be a part 2 in the future.
P.S. >>> Thanks to all of you who have given us some California traveling tips. We are adding those we can into our trip.