There is a place high on the prairie of the Texas Panhandle that is beloved to me.
A place that I have written about before...a place called Darrouzett, Texas.
I showed you the little hamlet of Darrouzett before but now I want to share the beautiful land around Darrouzett.
Although Darrouzett is located in the Texas Panhandle, I would be remiss if I neglected to mention the Oklahoma Panhandle too.
|No one around except the cows|
|cattle on the prairie|
|remnants of the past|
|small farm in the panhandle|
There are not many trees up that way. In fact you will usually only find trees where there are water sources such as creeks and ponds or where they were actually planted and tended to by someone. You will find lots of tumbleweeds though, some of them are very large.
|Big blue skies of the Panhandle|
Trees don't grow well on the open prairie for two reasons. The first is lack of enough rain to overcome the moisture zapping wind, and the second is the wind. It blows nearly every day. Wind that causes other places to put out wind warnings on the news is only considered a stiff breeze there. Wind that will yank the weeds right out of the ground and blow them around (that is where tumbleweeds come from) It was not unusual at times in winter or early spring to get winds of 60 to 90 miles per hour. You can imagine what happens any time there is snow. We never saw the snow fall because it always blew sideways.
|windmill on the Oklahoma prairie|
|The kind of place where you can see forever|
|Wheat field in the Panhandle during dirty 30's|
|Farm equipment parked in remnants of a wheat field in the panhandle after a black blizzard in dust bowl days.|
|A Black Blizzard dust storm moving into Pampa, Texas during the dust bowl days in the dirty 30's|
|Hills of dust over what used to be a fence line in the panhandle during the dust bowl days of the 30's|
|Dirt road in Oklahoma Panhandle|
|Lone tree on the prairie of the Panhandle|
|A place called Capitol Hill in Oklahoma|
It is a place where you can hear, see, and smell nature. A place where it is not uncommon to see antelope or deer grazing. A place where you can swim in the creek or in swimming holes known to the locals like "Aunt Suzie's". I have no idea who Aunt Suzie is but I have swam in her swimming hole many times. It isn't far from Capitol Hill which is pictured above.
|Caliche Road in the Panhandle|
Some of my favorite memories include me with family or friends travelling down a caliche road or a dirt road seeing the beautiful landscape and sky all around us.
|Old home place on the prairie|
|Farm to market road in Panhandle of Texas and Oklahoma|
|Trees growing along the banks of a creek in the Oklahoma Panhandle|
Oh how I wish I got to visit here more often. I miss the people, I miss the land, and I miss the lifestyle.
|Cattle finding respite from the sun under a large cottonwood tree.|
I miss the cottonwood trees. What a beautiful site they are all through the seasons. They grow huge and beautiful along the creeks. Some of my favorite memories are located under a huge Cottonwood tree near Darrouzett. It was large enough that we had city or church picnics under it. What a glorious site when autumn comes and their leaves begin to turn. One good thing about the wind up in this area is that their are no leaves to rake because they all blow somewhere else (I think to my driveway where I live now).
Until Next Time