Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Misty Weekend


I had the best spooky weekend! Rose and John were headed to visit Rose's aunt in Gun Barrel City. (Don't you just love that name?) I hitched a ride with them and spent the weekend skulking around cemeteries in Athens with C.Wright.


We even found, among other treasures, a cemetery named after George Valentine Petty. Isn't that a great name?


I love names. I keep a list of probationer names. They are really incredibly funny, but unfortunately, I can't share any of them with you. Cemetery names are fair game though. If - when - I write a book, my characters will all be named for people I've tramped on in grave yards. Names like Minnie Moon, for example.


While we were there, the weather was the most creepishly foggy and misty and downright rainy. My favorite! Unfortunately, grey granite monuments silhouetted against a grey granite sky makes for some boring photos. However, anything you snap with you camera aimed at the ground takes a wonderfully subdued and eerie feel. Maybe I can post some good shots later this week.


On the way home, we all breathed a sigh of resignation as we climbed back up on the dry, dusty caprock. As John said, "Every time I go somewhere else, it gets harder and harder to come back home." We were welcomed with two days worth of sandstorms.




Some days I really don't know why the hell we bother to live here.
Although, there's always the sunset...

10 comments:

Dijea said...

love the top pic.

Presbyterian Gal said...

Yup...."when" you write that book. *tapping finger on watch*

I'd forgotten about the sandstorms. Never had to live in them. Just drove through them when I toured with Covenant Players back when Moses was president.

and that top picture is really cool.

Jeff said...

Great shots, Spookyrach ..... thasnks for sharing.

peripateticpolarbear said...

Now I'm hungry for a sunset picture.

zorra said...

Yes, Gun Barrel City is a great name for a town--its closest rival would be Cut and Shoot.

mid-life rookie said...

Songwriter Nancy Griffith talks about her ancestors living in West Texas in the Dust Bowl days. She says her aunt was afraid she would wake up one morning and find the wind had blown her all the way to Oklahoma and she "By God didn't want to live in Oklahoma." Have you checked the state line lately?

ElastiGirl said...

Lived in West Texas for 7 years - don't miss the sandstorms - do miss the dry heat and great hair.

The fog on Sunday morning was thick driving to church!!

Princess of Everything (and then some) said...

That last pic is awesome and exactly the way it looked!

P M Prescott said...

I've lived in East Texas and West Texas. I think I'd prefer Central Texas from all the times I've driven through it, but I'd take West Texas over the humidity of East Texas any day. I don't miss those windy days at all.

tracy said...

Love, love, love the photo!! My favorite are foggy, rainy, eerie days, as well. Sandstorms, I don't think I would like so much...though I like a little wind here in the mountains 'caus that can be eerie too.
Glad you had a nice time.