Our Huff Wagon Train Diary
Wednesday, January 12, 2005

Dell City to Crane

From Maria and Taylor

After a fun night at the rodeo building in Dell City, today we rode by car instead of wagons to our next destination, Crane, Texas. We had strong winds and a very long distance to travel -- 255 miles. We were going to go through the Guadeloupe Mountains, but the winds were too high and it would be dangerous for the trailers. The winds were so bad, Mikaela almost blew away! The locals seemed used to the winds. We saw a farmer discing his fields and the dirt was blowing so hard we didn't know why he was trying to work his fields.

As we drove along we saw an army of tumbleweeds. They blew across the road, they blew into our vehicles and they blew across the landscape! We saw a lot of grass and flat land with mountains. We saw a couple of houses and a barn.

For the first time in a long time everyone got to go and eat out. We had a pizza party. Ronnie wondered if we were cheating if we used vehicles. Mr. Coate said that we didn't really have a choice because of the winds.

We will be sleeping at the community center today and worked on emails once we were set up. We are going to have a two-day layover to do laundry and to learn more about what we're going to do next.

Maria: I was glad that we were sleeping in a building rather than the tents this day.

Taylor: I'm glad that we are warm.

The following is a photo gallery from the trip. If you have questions, please contact us at education@tpwd.state.tx.us

Salt Flats, Guadeloupe Mountains


This educational project is a partnership venture of Madera Unified School District, Madera, California; the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department; the Texas Historical Commission; and the many generous and gracious communities along the route.

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