After the exhilarating day seeing White Sands and the caverns it was lovely to relax at the Heritage Inn at Artesia. Yes, it is named for the artesian aquifer discovered last century.
This sculpture is dedicated to the pioneer women of the area and is based on photographs of Sallie Chisholm. She discovered the artesian aquifer when she dug a bore hole on her homestead.
We turned right outside the hotel to go to the gas station. There it was, one block away with an oil refinery over the road. I wonder if they get direct supply? The Navajo refinery is the largest refinery in New Mexico.
Very soon we see and smell the source of raw materials for the refinery.
First a single oil pump jack and then...
We cross the border and stop at Seminole for a break. There are children all around us. I am soon talking with a mother and she explains it is play day. It is near the end of the school year children are having a play day. They are around 9-10 years old and are brimming with good health.
This town has a prosperous air linked to agriculture, cropping and oil. New building projects are underway. There is a splendid new high school building.
As we leave town we see many new storage barns. Some are for peanuts.
Huge pivot irrigation systems dotted the landscape along with oil pump jacks which share the fields.
The amalgamation of farm lots into huge unfenced fields reminded us of the West Australia wheat belt.
We saw obsolete farm implements lined up along the roadside.
Churches are commonplace throughout the area we rode through. This one is at the front of a large agricultural equipment store.
We have crossed the southern end of the Texas Panhandle today.