I’ve traveled far from home, and farther back in time than I’ve ever traveled in miles covered.
I’ve seen the Dust Bowl in the Texas Panhandle in the 1930s; been to old movies at the Cavern Theatre in Carlsbad, New Mexico in the 50s; later, I had “the best food around” at Carlsbad Caverns, after I’d traded for souvenirs at the Apache Trading Post; I bought tobacco and whiskey at the Longhorn Saloon back in 1906, in Scenic, South Dakota, on the Lakota-Sioux reservation; on a hot summer day in 1947, I slurped a frozen custard at Sandy’s in Austin, Texas and admired its Art Deco power plant building; drank a shot or two of the best they had at Moonshine Gulch, South Dakota, way back in 1862; then shopped in Wall Drug, South Dakota, in 1931, for just about anything I ever wanted; and I’ve been so much further in my time travels, it’s hard to tell it all here, much less add it all up.
I raced over the back roads in a 1967 Sunbeam Tiger, just like Agent Maxwell Smart, but mine was top-down and fire-engine red; it propelled me to Austin for a greasy, satisfying burger at Hut’s Hamburgers; I hit the road again to drive Route 66; I met a little roper along the way who demonstrated his roping tricks for me.
But the farthest I ever did travel back in time was to the 16th century, to Izamal, in Yucátan, Mexico, where the native Mayans were building a massive monastery atop their astounding ancient pyramid, so that the Franciscan priests from Spain could have a church to teach them all the true religion. Sometime later, the monastery was painted all yellow, and its tower clock stopped forever.
My time travels haven’t stopped yet. ♣
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