We got up early on Friday morning, 4 am to be exact and got on the road by 5 am. I always love driving in the early morning because there isn't much else you'd be doing so early except sleeping (which isn't a terrible thing), and everyone else is still either getting up or still sleeping, so low traffic is always a win for me. One thing you have to watch out for that early in the morning is the animals, and it didn't take long for me to encounter a coyote with a prize in it's mouth in the left lane of I-40. He hesitated in the road for just a second, not sure which way he should go with a mouthful of something that looked like the size of a large racoon. Luckily I was able to hit my brakes in time and gave him just enough time to cross the road and live to enjoy his meal.
As we crossed the Texas panhandle I came across a peculiar sight, at least in my experiences in the panhandle it was much different than the normal flat landscape. It was a field of pure pink, flowers that had bloomed in a wetland that was either from natural springs or remnants of flooding in the area. Either way, it was quite a sight to see and I had to capture it.