On Your Own

Years ago, I got nice a commission to photograph an author in Alpine, Texas. He and I had worked together before in Iowa and Illinois.

There’s no easy air access to Alpine unless you can charter a plane, which I was unable to do. The shortest distance from a major airport was just under three hours from Midland.

The day before the shoot, I called the subject to remind him that I was coming and make sure all of the loose ends were tied up. He asked me to promise him that I would grab a couple of gallons of drinking water in case of breakdown. I told him that I had a cell phone. He told me that unless I had a sat phone, I’d be damned sorry if my Avis car shot craps.

Luckily, there was a Walmart on the way and I followed his advice.

The water never left the car, but I had it ready just in case during the roundtrip and my other wanderings in the Big Bend.

When I saw this roadside help notice a few weeks ago on US Route 67 between the Missouri and Mississippi rivers, I instantly remembered that west Texas trip. It reminded me that a little preparation is easier than calling for help.

It also reminded me that it’s possible to get on US Route 67 a mile from my house and drive all the way to Alpine without changing roads and even continue on to Mexico.

Someday I’m going to do just that.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.