The Best Little Rest Area in Texas

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Texas Safety Rest Area-Donley County Eastbound

We were back in our car and on our way. I fully expected to drive most of the way, at least, to Oklahoma City before we stopped again. Nope, we drove about 15 minutes and Margo had to go. I guess we should have gone all the way to the Cross. I’m sure they would have had a restroom there.

 

At about mile marker 129 is the Donley County-Eastbound Texas Safety Rest Area. Quite a mouthful. That’s the official name of the rest area we pulled into. The first thing we noticed was sign telling us to keep a lookout for snakes. I imagine they meant rattlers, but a garter snake decided to cross our path. I swear it puffed out its chest and dared us to mess with him. We were actually still in the car, pulling in, so maybe it was just drawing extra breathe to scurry into the weeds.

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If so, Mr. Snake will just have to write his own version of the story. I’m sticking to mine.

 

This rest area was very impressive. I later found out it was built in 2003. It has two sets of restrooms. Both the Men’s and Women’s had identical mosaics depicting the old Route 66. I-40, the highway we were traveling, was built along Route 66 in this part of the state.

 

This Texas Safety Rest Area also featured interpretive displays, air conditioning, baby changing facilities, vending, playground, picnic area, and wireless internet access. This place was practically a tourist destination! But, as nice as it was, I wanted to get to OKC. And I knew if we got out the laptops, we would kill an hour. Even if the novelty of signing on and checking our e-mail in the middle of nowhere Texas, did have a certain appeal to it. We settled on a few pictures (missed the snake, though) and got back on I-40.

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