A road trip into the country can be beautiful, even in the dreary winter months.
I love the Piney Woods.
Stopping to get gas. Lyla is bored.
And this is Lyla's expression of exasperation. If someone thinks that dogs don't have expressions to relay their mood, they are wrong.
We stop for gas and Howdy has to be facing Deputy Dave at all times. He keeps his eyes on him.
It's been six months since our last visit to our land. Usually, there is not cell phone reception on our land with the exception of only one cell phone provider (AT&T), but on the trip there, we're finding a lot of new towers have popped up.
I guess all of these towers are a sign of the boom of growth that will be following soon.
We're getting closer to our land. I love all of the trees --- lots of conifers mixed with hardwoods. At this time, the area looks barren compared to how lush it will appear in the Spring.
Howdy and Lyla have plenty of room on their side of the truck and they take turns --- one will lie on the seat and the other on the floor. Howdy likes to stay close to the air-conditioning vent; he is always super hot due to his double coat of hair.
As always, our shoulders start to relax and we get all mushy muscled.
We've entered the Big Thicket zone and it's becoming darker along the roads. The density of the trees in this area can be intense. This is not a place where you'd want to make a wrong turn while walking through the forest. The lack of cell phone reception, the wild animals and the miles of forest could spell devastation.
We're about to make our turn. What will we find on our land? In East Texas, it's a toss up.
Ahhhh...we're here...at the part of our land that has been "cleared." Yes, we had this section of our acreage visited by a bulldozer years ago and it's been H-E-Double-Hocky-Sticks to keep up with trying to tame this thick brush. Slowly, the forest has taken the land back over...all except for this tiny section. Ya!!!
Now, we're all set up with our shelter. Man and Woman alike need shelter. We love our tent.
Lastly, the most important item on the camping list is the compressor-style-potty. Don't be jealous. I know you all want one...sorry...it's one of a kind.