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I don't believe anything is actually bigger in Texas, rather, it is proportionately scaled to the size of the state

sunny 94 °F

We leave Lafayette around 11 and stop by a local produce store for bananas and coffee. The sun beats down hot and strong, and boils the water from the bayous into the air. My hair is contained, a last ditch effort against the frizz. To no avail.
We head west towards Texas, passing hitchhikers I the entrance ramp to the I-10. A man and a woman, traveling together, it seems. Shari and I debate if we would ever pick up a 'hiker, and the possible consequences there of. We're out of Louisiana in about an hour, the land and sky unfolding before us in flat green fields and mountainous clouds. We pass many cattle farms. Near the border, there is a ranch directly connected to a Texas Longhorn Steakhouse. I don't suppose meat gets much fresher than that.
We cross into Texas over the Sabine River, which my phone soon alerts me in running at 23.4 feet and the levees only on go up to 23 feet, so there is minor flooding in some places. But there is little standing water aside from in the swamps, though there is the threat of later in the day thunder storms.
Our host for the weekend recommended the first rest stop after the river. There is a boardwalk behind the information center, going through the Blue Elbow Swamp. The swamp resounds with peepers, bull frog , and song birds. A man says he spotted a gator hanging out under the walk, but we don't see it. They are pretty well camouflaged. It begins to rain intermittently and we walk to the "welcome to Texas" sign to take dorky pictures with the sign.
Back on the road towards Houston, we set up to meet with my friend from home who recently relocated, Kyla. We find each other and take off towards Green's Vegetarian Cuisine, which is delicious. And reasonably priced. And Kosher. They make their own chips and just wow. Everything we tried was wonderful and super filling, which is important, especially with so much traveling.
Shari and I hang out with Kyla and her beau, Jacob, for the rest of the evening, master planning for tomorrow. Part of the master plan is being out of the house by 10ish, so an integral part of the plan would be my heading to bed fairly soon. Like, now-ish.

Posted by MiriG 21:38 Archived in USA Tagged road_trip lone state star texas lower_48 long_day Comments (0)

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