I love taking road trips! There is nothing more relaxing to me than driving on U.S. highways.
Especially in a state like Texas you can drive for two days and still be in the state… but the areas are so varied that the drives are beautiful.
One of my favorite part of these drives are the cows. The ranches on both sides of the highway are home to these magnificent animals.
I love these cows and over the course of many years I have come to know them by name–hereford, santa gertrudis, angus, jersey and of course the beloved longhorn.
I love watching them go by as we speed along–at the speed limit, of course–and they go about their business grazing and ignoring the noisy vehicles.
Sometimes a whole family of cows is sitting and standing under a big oak tree–at their leisure living this southern life.
I have–more than once–pulled over to watch them and sometimes take pictures of them.
On rare occasions one will look right at me. And I have to admit that for a moment it stops my heart. It is a form of communication in that one look.
It’s as if the cow is trying to understand my species as much as I would like to understand hers.
There are times, when driving as the sun is going down, when you can see them line up and follow each other over a ridge.
In silent agreement they head home to where they will rest after a long day in the sun. It is truly amazing.
Some people have commented to me how badly they feel for the cows on these farms–that they are being raised just to be killed.
And I couldn’t disagree more. These beautiful animals are living out their purpose and they do so with grace and dignity.
So I will continue to enjoy these road trips every chance I get and to admire the beautiful cows along the way.