First Day - Lafayette to Childress

---  Today was the longest day of driving that we'll encounter on our trip.  It took us 11 hours to get to Childress, Texas (about 40 minutes longer than expected because of some traffic in Dallas).  Being in the car all day is never easy, but everyone took it with a sense humor and made the best of the drive.  We learned some things along the way about life in the Texas Panhandle and how many people it would take to eat a pancake the size of Texas.

(from the left: Mike Uhl, Lisa [Childressian] Beau Lemoine, Jacob [Childressian] and Hilary Castels)
In Childress we had dinner at a real local's place.  Heather's Bobcat Den is named after the local high school mascot.  We ate some really good burgers (including some green chile cheese burgers) and were lucky enough to strike up a conversation with a couple of locals who told us about life in Childress.  Suffice it to say that they are not thrilled with life on the southern Great Plains.

After dinner we walked around the downtown area of Childress.  Back at the turn of the century it was a thriving business district.  Although the buildings and brick streets remain the glory days are clearly a thing of the past.  Still, it is instructive and thought provoking.

One thing is for sure.  The people we have on the program this year are a first rate group.  They're inquisitive, adventuresome, good natured, smart, and full of good humor.  I'm really looking forward to the next three weeks with them.

Tomorrow we're off to Santa Fe.

Zhen shows us how to eat a triple!

-- Dr. C.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Historyonthemovers and thanks for the photos and note!-
Looking forward to hearing about your adventures as you move through the Southwest US!
Rick and Nancy Keller-Scholz