These two towns are pretty barren except for the numerous oil wells, oil well suppliers and many, many pick-up trucks and travel trailers. The only redeeming “quality” of the West Texas desert was the ever present “Oil Wells ” that were featured in the (very old …) movie “Giant” with Elizabeth Taylor as a young girl (…. and before her numerous husbands!).
We were planning on spending only one night here but Mickey started to be sick, and the only “walk-in” vet clinic was in Odessa about 20 miles away from our RV park. It was a first come, first served facility and we gave them our name and Mickey’s problem and they told us to come back in about 3 hours.
When we got back to the clinic we waited another hour. The staff was remarkable and found that Mickey had pancreatitis and had to stay in the hospital. She stayed the night and was released about 5:30 pm the next day with pills and a special diet. She ate it the first night and after than it was a “no go” but she was better. We packed up and left the next morning.
The song says “Abilene, my Abilene, prettiest town I’ve ever seen.” That was not our experience. We found our RV park and got settled for the night. We were cold but had a small electric heater that circulated warm air. We set that and went to bed.
In the morning when we awakened we could see our “breath” even before we got up.
This was not a good start for the day. We set out to find another heater. The lady that ran the RV park told us that it was 16 degrees and it was the coldest that it had been in the last 60 years. We went to Wal-Mart, of course, but they were completely sold out of heaters of any type. We moved on to Lowe’s and found an oil filled heater and we were optimistic.
We talked to a repair person that the RV park recommended and he educated us about our RV. We have two heat pumps on the roof and they do not provide heat if the temperature is below 40 degrees F. We are to use gas heat below 40 degrees F. Well here is the rub. We had no propane on board. Roger was worried that the delivery charge would be too high so we didn’t get propane until the next morning. We bundled up and “toughed out” the night.
The Big “D”
With finally some sunshine, and warmer weather, we explored Dallas.
We found this wonderful Main Street Park and enjoyed the sun.
Afterward we decided to go to the Dallas Zoo. We had fun looking at the variety of animals they keep.
We stayed in a suburb called Mansfield, TX, south of Dallas, and found it to be a lovely community. We did some gawking and some driving and went to a movie because the weather was rainy and cool.