Tulsa to New Mexico: History, Geology, and Weirdness
Jul 18, 2015
|Tulsa to New Mexico
Good bye, Tulsa. See you in another 43 years. Promise.
We left RV Warrior Park at about ten. We are almost to Woodward, Oklahoma which is close to the panhandle of Oklahoma. Why does Oklahoma have a panhandle? After all that skinny strip of land, 34 miles wide and 166 miles long does look a little strange. When Texas entered the United States in 1845, it could not retain its slave state status north of the 36'30" parallel. And when Kansas entered the Union in 1854 it's southern border at the 37th parallel. That left the narrow strip that was called No Man's Land. Class dismissed.
Things we have seen:
1. oil wells, working and not. I guess I can understand why the US is the world’s largest oil producer, even though I think we are in that position because of shale production. Anyway it’s kinda fun seeing rusty metal dinosaurs rocking slowly back and forth to pull up their ancestors. We have probably seen more non-working oil wells than live ones. Should have kept a tally.
2. the Gloss/Glass Mountains. This series of buttes and mesas are red and they seem to twinkle.
3. some cows, but not as many as we expected. As it turns out the fields seem to be growing more corn, wheat and sorghum than grazing cattle. Poor beasts. The weather is fit for neither man nor beast. At one point the RV thermometer registered 127 degrees.
4. gorgeous horses, which also looked miserable in the heat.
5. muddy red ponds with cows standing in them; (likely cause above). Larry said he had never seen cows stand in ponds up to their chest. At which point I suggested that I might be in there with them if I had to be in that pasture. I mention the red ponds mostly because they reminded me of the red clay at home. Geology never ceases to amaze me. If I get to be reincarnated, I want to teach geology.
6. lovely clear ponds with no cows around. Could their clarity be the result of no cows? I think not.
7. trees permanently bent toward the north. The winds as we drove were amazing. That’s the wrong word. They were terrible. See the Larryism of the day for proof. They were coming from the south, thus the bent trees.
8. a good many dead trees. I never could determine what killed them… fire, some sort of bug? Who knows.
9. windmills, my favorite energy producer. They look like giant, white angels and, for what they do for the earth, I think they just might be. If today’s wind is typical, and it must be if the trees have grown that way, there is a good chance these winds can power most of Oklahoma.
SIGN OF THE DAY: (about two miles before a state prison)
WARNING: HITCHHIKERS MAY BE ESCAPING PRISONERS
Larryism of the Day:
The wind isn’t quite as bad now. My ass has only sucked the seat covers a couple of times in the last 20 miles.