(Un)American Odyssey

John Bloomfield
Jun 20, 2018 · 5 min read
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I read Travels with Charley, and as an antidote I read On the Road. And then I got on another plane.

When I got to Texas in 2018, the border wars were simmering but not yet boiling. The talk at the time was all about the wall. The separation of kids hadn’t started yet.

For birders, Texas is a madhouse cathedral.

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Scissor-tailed Flycatcher
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Harris’s Hawk

“To look out over all this and see nothing but open land, beautiful skies and the river flowing below: it is my serenity. There is a fifty-foot drop between here and the river. I don’t want to take sides but what good would a wall do here? Where would you even put it?”

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Eastern Meadowlark

A motorboat rests on the Mexican side. A pickup truck sits beside it with no one inside. It gets a look from the border patrol, first no doubt from the air, then from a pontoon on a slow cruise down the river. A Swainson’s Hawk flies over, beautifully oblivious to the melodrama of people below.

The feathered trail

Life rediscovered on the Audubon highway

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