Today I move southward to Beautiful Lubbock, just for the night, then down to Junction for a few days outdoors (yes, yes, yes!), and then on to Austin for a couple or few weeks. A couple, for sure, we’ll see how I like it. A couple of weeks in a cheap little suite will give me the chance to explore, perhaps find an outdoor spot near there in ways that I can’t online.
And yes, I’ve visited Lubbock before, as I recall a woman who did her post doc at ASU when I was grad student ended up there, Nancy, I saw her when I went down with a group to a meeting, and it was a pretty good meeting, as I recall, just posters, but maybe not, there might have been talks, too, I’ve done so many meetings, both as a presenter and a schlepper of student presenters that they tend to kind of blur together. The trip was lots of fun, had great traveling companions, fun interaction.
So a night in Lubbock, an oil change, then south for the winter, even if I do love the west.
The first night camping in Junction will be hot, the first full day rainy and cool, then warm again, or at least the forecast is fine. I’ll be well prepared, trust I will have time in Lubbock to get rearranged for outside living again further south.
From Austin either further south still, or perhaps north into Louisiana, I haven’t decided yet. Perhaps I’ll hang around Austin for a while, it’s a nice town, or it was last time I visited there's lots of music there. I do want to make my way up into Arkansas, I kind of like Arkansas in lots of ways, and as much as I do love the west, the arid west has never been my favorite, at all.
There’s not enough green.
Kind of funny, I had a nice little chat with a couple of guys in the elevator yesterday, they were from DC, but the one guy had on a Miami FL t-shirt, and I asked if he was from FL, and he said no, DC, FL was way too humid, and I concurred, but I said FL had some nice qualities, too, and he said what? Disney World? and I said no (haha), we were in tune on that one, not Disney, I liked the beach quite a lot.
I didn’t offer up my opinion of DC.
Anyway, it occurred to me on the way down from Sante Fe, into Albuquerque, tiny little trip, I was going to get that oil change and check in with the van thing, but of course it was Sunday yesterday and the oil change place that I went to was freaking closed, so that didn’t happen, but the trees, which I assumed Cottonwoods, not sure, didn’t get out to look up close, could have been something else, some poplar, maybe Sycamores, not Quakers, but their color was just over the top brilliant gold, and it was really kind of stunning, because they were the only deciduous tree species around, and certainly the dominant tree species and I started wondering about what weather had been like here, if maybe it had been especially dry, or hot, or wet or what, and the transition in landscape from Santa Fe into Albuquerque, the drop of a couple of thousand feet in elevation that brought me into a lower desert landscape kind of bummed me out a little.
It’s drier here than I care for. Not Tempe dry, but pretty darned close. One of the few seasons that occurs in Tempe is bloody booger season. At least that’s what we ecologists who worked outside in it called it, and no, it wasn’t just me, we all acknowledged it.
It’s that dry here now.
And yeah, I know, when I really get down in elevation and start crossing West Texas, I’m going to remember what it looks like, how dry it is, but then I’m going to get Down By the River and that will be good, outside, and then into Austin, and maybe San Antonio, maybe all the way down to the San Padre area, never been down there, but then probably back up into the swamp.
I kind of like the swamp, especially in winter, there’s lots of LA I’ve not seen, some good parks there. And Arkansas has Hot Springs, and man, I do love me some Hot Springs. And woods. And moisture in the air, not too little, not the yeah, too much, of Florida.
We shall see; I so love being free.
Today, south, another time change, probably, I can get rid of that imaginary hour I picked up yesterday, and drive on down into warm, eighty degrees forecast in Lubbock today. Nice.