This is my 3rd post on the Glen Rose, TX 4th of July Parade and I wanted to highlight a few of the special moments I captured. How American is this that one of the lead vehicles his an old John Deere tractor? We see the crowds waiting in front of the Courthouse, friends gathering on the square, then a gentleman in a World War I uniform followed by the American Legion Post Color Guard (my friend Daryl Best is pictured), Uncle Sam and then another Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty in a float pulled by an old soldier and I am going to assume that he is wearing part of his original Army uniform (something I can admire because I have not been able to get into my Dress Blues in several decades). All in all, this is one of the better parades I have been to in years.
Here are more photos of the kids enjoying (or sleeping though) the Glen Rose 4th of July Parade. Lots of them were in groups watching as the parade went by because the people on the floats were tossing candy to the crowd so there was always a scramble as to who could get the best pieces. The local Fire Department brought up the rear of the parade with their spray nozzles pointed at the ground only to see several young men (showing off for the girls) getting their hair washed!
Glen Rose, TX holds a very typically “small town” Fourth of July Parade every year and considering how hot is was this year, they decided to hold it early in the day which made for large crowds, especially children. I focused mostly on the kids who seems to have a really big day and from what I saw, thoroughly enjoyed themselves. In this group of photos I found a very sheik young lady in a straw hat, two fathers holding their little girls, one very attentive dog, a flag waver, tow little boys who were watching the moon set over the courthouse and the little girl with an interesting statement on her t-shirt. More kids in Part 2.
While driving through West Texas last week between Lubbock and Abilene, it was obvious that the skyline is rapidly changing because of the increased use of wind turbines. In an article on the nationals news recently, it was reported that Texas has more operating wind turbines that any State in the Union; some 25K+ as compared to California’s 12K+ of operating wind turbines. What you do not see in this photo is the increased amount of large power lines strung across the country side and the billboards advertising for wind power related jobs in the region. Renewable energy is the current buzzword because it generates a lot of money for the landowner, supposedly cheaper energy, lots of jobs in the rural West and obviously, tax incentives for the turbine owners. Some of the little towns we went through were in tough shape economically and even with the increase in oil drilling activity so I will assume that these new jobs were more than welcome. I could still see the farms and ranches, along with the cattle and horses but now they sit among the wind turbines.