Sunday, July 14, 2019

Costly Forgetfulness and Travel Pictures

Location: Copper Breaks State Park; Quanah, Texas (elev 1500 feet)

all pictures taken with Nokia Lumia Icon 929 Cell Phone
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My route through
Stop #2
I stayed at this State Park back in October of 2015, so instead of repeating what I said back then, here are the links to those posts

This is a small, quiet campground located about a dozen miles from U.S. 287. It's not in the middle of nowhere, but it may be a suburb of nowhere. It is an official National Dark Sky park. I think there is only one other Texas state park with that designation. It means there are no artificial lights in the campground. If all of the campers leave their exterior lights off, it become perfect viewing of the night sky. However, unlucky for me, there is a near full moon tonight so I won't be able to see the Milky Way splashed across the night sky. Maybe I'll get up around 4:30 a.m. after the moon sets and see what I can see. No promises though.
Freedom and Liberty in Site #15.
I pulled out of Holiday Park early but not intentionally. I planned to leave around 9 or 10 but instead was on the road by 7:30. Perhaps I should have waited longer or took more time at getting hitched because I forgot to remove my X-chocks before pulling out. The X-chocks are a scissor-like device that goes in between Liberty's two tires. They help stabilize Liberty from rocking fore and aft (front and back). I didn't realize I had forgotten them until I received a phone call from the camp host telling me he had my x-chocks in the bed of his truck if I wanted to come get them. By that time, I was 2 hours down the road so I told him to keep them,,,, as a gift from me to him. For the rest of the trip I was bothered by being so forgetful. I hope it was because I got a little distracted by the neighboring campers talking to me which put me a little out of my routine at hitching up. At least I didn't drop Liberty on Freedom as some people have (knock on wood). I'm still a little bothered by being so forgetful and really hope it is not a sign of the future.

The trip highlighted the change in topography in just 200 miles. It went from lots of green trees to scrub trees and bushes. The sky was a pretty blue with puffy white clouds and the road was 90% smooth, so it was a good travel day. I usually post some pictures taken through my windshield as I'm towing. I have found these are great when looking back at past posts. They can bring up my feelings of driving down the long roads with the sweet smell of freedom in the air.   

I like the large American Flags. There seems to be more and more lately. 

Many thousands of acres of hay fields.

Texas does a great job on their divided highways. They always plan for extra room.

More road and skies

Occasionally a tree will pop up,,,sort of out of place

The wind farms started about half way there

The mounds in the distance are Medicine Mounds which are sacred to the Comanche and Kiowa Indians.

Finally the 12 miles of two lane roads to the park.

Copper Breaks is the home of the Official Heard of Texas Longhorns. I haven't seen any so far and may not.
Ya'll take care of each other. I'll Cya down the road.  


  1. Ok now we're following you once again! Love the parks you have stayed at on this first leg of your trip! Love the pic of our beautiful flag! Can't ever have enough! Too bad about your X chocks, but again turning around didn't make sense. Travel safely!

    1. Thanks K&S,,,, California people now,,,,uh?

    2. Only for the week we were at the coast! That's enough of CA for us!

  2. The skies with the bright white clouds in your photos are beautiful. My guess is you were distracted by your neighbors when hooking up. Luckily the things we have left behind were small things but usually when something took us out of our routine. Keep safe.

  3. I had a couple of airplanes in the past. I still do a walkaround and use check lists.

    1. I do a walkaround too,,, and I must have just looked at the chocks but it didn't register. I'm still a little worried about it.

  4. I am sure it was a blessing in disguise. You will now be more attentive when you "think" you are ready to leave. The 360 walk around is certainly the right idea. Just getting back in the swing. Nobody hurt all is good. I have begun the same thing on the boat.