Currently, I live in Northern Texas, in the Dallas-Ft. Worth area. If you know anything about this area, you know how vague that description is, given the immense size and scope contained in this corner of Texas…so I guess i’ll narrow it down a little more and say I live 5 minuets away from the center of Plano, and about 15 (given liberal use of the DNT) from downtown Dallas. The nicest of suburbias encroach from the North, while established business districts build up from the East, and everywhere else is just fields, fields and more fields. And in many ways, I love it like that.
I see horses running free most days on the way to and from my day job, watch them idly staring at the cars that pass by before heading back into the untamed green acres that they call home. Wild rabbits scamper and hide underneath parked cars instead of stray cats, and owls always hoot in the evening times. In the dark of night, there are long stretches of roads where the only illumination comes from the headlights of my car and if luck holds, the moon above. This isn’t the boonies though, Targets and Walmart’s abound, as well as numerous shopping malls but the expanse of land that Texas claims as it’s state territory, it creates these enormous gaps between structures, between cities and towns that can float a sense of being nowhere established when you’re out and about. Especially when you are not a native.
Driving around is the best way to explore these parts of Texas, and while I will be the first to say that i’m not any kind of expert on the nature of this state or it’s numerous areas, after living here for a couple of years, there’s a few things i’ve come to understand, accept, and even hold as dear. Like the way driving anytime after 2am (whether it’s on the highways towards Dallas or on the residential streets in quiet Rowlett) means you’ll be mostly all by yourself, in the best of ways. Or opposite that, no matter how bad rush hour is, there is usually a backroad that you can take that will eventually get you where you want to go.
My most favorite thing though, is the simple fact that no matter what part of this area you find yourself in, on any particular day with a clear sunset, everything is illuminated and cast into a light that makes everything beautiful.
(I’m hoping of making this into a series of posts exploring more of this area of Texas….but we’ll see how that goes yeah? )