I get bored when on long drives. And I used to go on a lot of long drives while reporting on Texas. As the song says, There are miles and miles of Texas. I used to play with the radio or pretend I was a fighter jet rocketing 18-wheelers off the road. But not that many years ago, you’d quickly run out of radio stations to scan through during the six or seven hour drive to the Big Bend region. After you sipped through Del RIo on US 90 West, you ran out of semis to kill. So…I started taking photos. Point-and-shoots worked best, and later the cameras in smart phones. Point toward the scenery through the windshield or a side window and click.
This is a view on the highway somewhere near Alpine sometime in 2004. It’s not art, it’s not even a great photo but it gives you an idea of the stark beauty of the region and the loneliness of the drive. Click. For a moment, it’s just you, the car and the view. I liked long drives to the Big Bend. It was never boring.