Wildflowers in the Hill Country

I am sheltering from 100-degree heat in a tiny cabin in the Texas Panhandle. So much for hiking the fern cave loop. It was doable first thing this morning, but that wasn’t in the cards. I slept in, drank coffee and enjoyed a cool morning breeze. Yes, it is hot here but I have now left the humidity behind.

In Travels with Cats I write about coming through here two years ago as well as memories of earlier trips in my first decade living in Houston. Since I couldn’t hike far due to heat, today I returned to Childress for lunch at the Thai restaurant (quite good) and wine tasting at the town winery.

With droughts seemingly becoming more frequent in Texas, many farmers are planting vineyards in lieu of cotton. I chatted with the owner while tasting some very acceptable reds and whites. He said they have a hard time keeping their red blend in stock.

Caprocks prairie dog

Childress tasting room

Sauks and Andy have discovered a cubbyhole behind the sink accessible only to critters weighing under 15 pounds. Getting them in the car tomorrow for the final leg of the journey to Tijeras, New Mexico, will be a challenge.

See if you can spot the fox in the title image.


  1. Mikki Bate on June 1, 2018 at 4:42 am

    Safe travels … that is if you manage to dislodge the kitties from their cubbyhole…

  2. Mick Blackman on June 1, 2018 at 8:39 am

    I see the Fox Anne.
    Have a super journey,

  3. Dennis on June 1, 2018 at 8:07 pm

    I know that you’re pretty foxy.

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