It's finally time to go. Philmont awaits us and we depart at 7am. Well, we are supposed to leave at 7; unfortunately, someone forgot their hiking boots. Fortunately, our lead adviser was checking for hiking boots and this problem was remedied before departure.
The ride was pretty uneventful. I slept most of the time. Along the way, we stopped in Vicksburg before crossing the Mississippi River. The Texas landscape becomes progressively flatter and dryer, and the plants are shorter as we continue westward.
After a long day of driving, we camp in Wichita Falls, Texas at Lake Arrowhead State Park for the night. You can see Monty beside my tent. There we saw prairie dogs, a black widow spider, and a tarantula; everyone slept well that night.