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Friday, June 21, 2013

A Wink & A Song & A Dune

Another fun day for us exploring the area surrounding Midland/Odessa area.... We loaded up the family and headed out early in the morning.  We drove by many Jack Pumps and Oil sites... this area is polluted with them and that contaminates the water so you shouldn't drink it... we really have bought more bottled water since we've been here then ever before.  Ok... back on track!!!

Kermit. Texas

Next was a drive through the small town of Kermit.  Kermit is a city in and the county seat of Winkler County, Texas, United States.  The population was 5,708 at the 2010 census.  The city was named for Kermit Roosevelt after a visit by his father Theodore Roosevelt to the county.

Our next stop was in the small town called Wink.  If you are old enough, you've heard Wink   mentioned for being Roy Orbison's boyhood home. If you're like most people, while you were on the way to get an atlas you probably got distracted, so you're still unaware of exactly where Wink  is. If you're young enough, you'll probably ask Roy who?  Despite its remote location approximately 50 miles west of Odessa-Texas, Wink draws visitors from as far as Egypt and Australia.  They make the trek to Wink to honor Roy Orbison, the black-clad crooner responsible for hits including "Pretty Woman" and "Only the Lonely". 

Roy Orbison Museum in Wink, Texas
Alyssah & Roy - Donna & Ralph - The Grandtreasures Hannah & Alyssah - Street Sign
Roy Orbison Museum is at 205 E. Hendricks in Wink.
Open by appointment, Tue-Sat. Call 432/527-3743. Free.

The Monahans Sandhills State Park - Dunes is exactly what this park is and located close to the interstate for easy access.  Imagine scenes from the Sahara Desert with miles of rolling sand dunes, great for sliding down on sands disks (available for rent at the Ranger station).  The visitor's center has great info on the history of the dunes and how they are formed.  For RVers there are great flat paved sites with water and electric and dump stations in park.  Great place to spend the day and take a picnic lunch.  Keep in mind, this is the desert, keep plenty of water with you and do not hike out into the dunes without letting someone know where and when you are going.  It is easy to get lost out there.  We had a great time visiting this park and the grandtreasues had so much fun!

Entrance to Monahans State Park - Alyssah - Camping area - Dunes

Info Board - The Girls - Dunes Oats - Picnic Area

My daughter Jennifer, Grands Hannah & Alyssah & me - The Grandtreasures - Footprints - More dunes

We had a great day together riding around and discovering the unnoticed things that people find when they take the backroads.  Get out and explore!

Until next time...
Have FUN & Travel Safe

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