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THE OTHER SIDE OF PRIVILEGE:  There's Nigel the Land Rover with Ms. Intrepid waiting for me on the far side of Privilege Creek.  We're out there again exploring Texas, taking pictures and all is right with the world.                               

ON THE ROAD, FINALLY
Story & Photos by IRA KENNEDY

When you can't go anywhere the least you can do is make plans. 
I suppose that's the most you can do too. And we had plenty of time to ponder, which meant that we didn't decide anything until the very morning we finally hit the road.

Now that I have my new "Roads of Texas" map, one of my favorite activities -- getting lost --  has come to a screeching halt.  With Ms. Intrepid at the wheel and me riding shotgun with that oversized publication in my lap like a dinner napkin I'm obliged to know where we are.  And where we're going to turn next.  And what's up ahead after that. And how many miles is that.  And... well you get the idea.


N.jpg (3257 bytes)igel the Land Rover survived his hospital stay.  Apart from a little transmission work (yea, right), at the heart of the problem was a teeny-tiny computer chip.  These little critters are tucked away most everywhere in endless binary chatter.  The Hindus of  India started it all when they decided that nothing or zero could actually amount to something.  Kinda like my Uncle Earle. But if zero looses its relationship with number one, everything goes kaplooey.   And all things micro cause macro problems.
       Anyway, we were ready to head out a week ago, then came Faye, a gully washer that sprawled across Central Texas in heavy sheets of  rain.  You can't see to drive in zero visibility, and it's something of a drawback on the picture taking part.
roadsbook.jpg (18408 bytes)       When the day of our road trip finally arrived we decided to make a decision.  I suspected that with our new map we'd never get lost again so we agreed to look for someplace that was already lost.  Lost Maples seemed like a great starting place.  Yea, I know there is a Lost Pines too but they're in opposite directions from home. The map put to rest any delima when I realized that after finding lost we'd be close to Utopia.
       Just getting out the door was our first obstacle.   First one phone call and then another.  By the time we did what needed to be done, two hours of precious daylight had burned itself out. 
       On top of that, this was the last weekend of summer and with the sun setting at seven thirty, another hour and a half  was going to be whittled off the end of the day. 
       Naturally we had a fair piece of road to put behind us before getting to our trailhead in Leon Valley, a suburb on the west of San Antone.   Seems as soon as the gate swung open I had that familiar lost feeling.  Apart from trying to read teeny-tiny type when everything is moving up and down and forward, there were new roads everywhere.  I kept getting lost on the map which was a considerable inconvenience. 
       Finally, I decided that if it wasn't on the map didn't matter.  As a general rule I don't recommend this approach because sometimes the opposite is best.  For example, on the Rand McNally Texas State Map the location of Lost Maples is on the wrong side of County Road 187.  Okay, maybe the maples really are lost and wandering around in circles, I don't know for sure.  In my later years I've come to hold the belief that  anything can happen and sooner or later it will.  But, --  wandering Maples?  I'm not there yet.
       Just west of Leon Valley the landscape is as flat as my wallet with scrub mesquite taking over the landscape as thoroughly as developers had done a few miles back. TurnA.jpg (4971 bytes) I knew this couldn't last cause we were headed for Lake Medina and I reckoned you couldn't build a lake without hills to hold the water.

      PAGE 1: ON THE ROAD, FINALLY /   PAGE 2: MEDINA LAKE
PAGE 3: DETOUR TO PRIVILEGE  PAGE 4: BANDERA
PAGE 5: LOST MAPLES & BACK  /  THE MAP

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