The wide open plains of West Texas, – where you can see for miles in every direction and the stars are amazing. Most of the people we know would think this is way too boring and empty but we like it just fine.
There is a big wind farm to the west of us and you can see the huge turbines lazily turning in the wind. There are thousands of acres of corn that stretch mile after mile and cattle – oh – you can’t imagine the cattle / dairy ranches that are here. The hay mounds are nothing like the little ones in Indiana, The hay “stacks” here are more like hay mountains, and are covered with huge tarps that are weighted down with hundreds of old tractor tires in rows. It is really hard to judge the size because they are in open prairie and there’s nothing for comparison but I’m guessing that they are at least as high as a 2 to 3 story building and as long and wide as some strip malls I’ve seen, and there will be a couple dozen or so on a ranch – maybe more.
The herds of white faced cattle covers unknown hundreds of square mile. On Rt. 40 alone, the road is full of cattle trucks that pass us – full of cattle, going both ways and the very air smells of cows – sometimes a little more than others, depending on which way the wind is blowing – and it is always blowing! – Don’t ask what’s for dinner it’s BEEF – in one form or another. Beef tips, beef stew, beef steak, tacos, burritos, nachos, burgers – it’s beef, and lots of it. You have a choice, here, of beef, ground beef, or chicken. Pork and fish disappear from the menus and from small town groceries when you reach the high plains area. We’ve gone for almost two decades eating beef only on rare occasions, perhaps 3 or 4 times a year, to eating it 4 or 5 days a week. In all fairness, I must say that the beef you get here is NOT like the garbage that you get in the Midwest or even in the Southeastern states. The people here simply would not put up with that kind of “junk” meat- they wouldn’t serve it to their dogs! The beef that we see here is much leaner, much more tender, and not injected with 20% (or more) water. I think Texas keeps the best for themselves, and sells the rest off to other parts of the country. Ahhhhhhhhh – sigh – I love Texas – but all this talk of beef has made me hungry, I think I’ll go whip up a burger.