As I travel with Bill in his “big rig”, my pictures are all taken at 60-65 MPH, through the window (and around the huge mirrors) of the rig. I take pictures of things that speak to me. Please bear with me; it is a challenge.
Traveling through West Texas, was interesting, as part of my childhood was spent in East Texas. I enjoyed seeing the cotton fields and cotton gins. The oil fields were as I remembered. I always enjoy seeing the cattle, especially the Texas Long-Horn cattle.
However, I was saddened by the condition of the many abandoned homes, buildings, and things just left standing. With all of the homeless people now, it it a shame to see empty, abandoned homes. One of the most surprising things was the trash along the roads, though. One expects to see this in urban areas, but throughout West Texas this is an obvious, widespread problem.
A yard of abandoned items
Widespread roadside trash
I would like to hope that they find a solution for this problem. In many other areas and states, communities or organizations “adopt highways”. Some of the the organizations are scout troops, high school clubs, church groups, and even businesses. It would be a great solution to have the oil companies and corporations pitch in to clean up the area. They could then do routine clean-ups and then recycle much of the trash. There are solutions, and I hope Texas finds one soon, because it is worth it.