I'm back, but now I have to figure out where I went! I set out early this morning (just before dawn, actually) and headed north. I had no particular destination in mind, thus I didn't do any homework before I jumped in the car. The state of Kansas is always good for a quick road trip, so I headed north on Rt. 75 toward Bartlesville, OK. Nothing new there, since I've spent lots of time there in the past, but because there was no other traffic, I was able to stop long enough to snap this bad photo of the well-known water tanks in the city, labeled Hot, Warm, and Cold. A cute touch.
. . . and the Tom Mix Museum next door. Both were closed at that hour. You can read about Tom Mix and his museum at www.tommixmuseum.com.community was first settled in 1860. There was an Indian Trading Post with a stage coach stop there, and Cascade was also a stopping point for soldiers enroute to Santa Fe, New Mexico.
I look forward to taking this gravel trail again in the spring or summer when trees have leaves and there's some color in the landscape. It really is a lovely but lonely place.