As part of my job, I get to travel all across the Texas valley. From Rio Grande City to Brownsville and up to Alice and Kingsville. It’s a lot of fun to be able to see so much of the deep Texas country while I’m out and about.

But every so often, I run into something like this…

Keep Out 01

Keep Out 01

If I were to use the southern vernacular, I believe the appropriate reaction would be “hooooo whee!”

This charming locale is clearly visible as you are traveling on Texas highway 83 heading West right between the Airport Drive Exit and Pike Boulevard near the city of Weslaco.

Keep Out 02

Keep Out 02

This “home” is a tattered front for a bunch of seemingly rusted trailers and very old mobile homes parked behind it. The fence and heavy trees kept my camera from getting a good photo of them, but they were all there.

Just in case the words “compound” and “guns” had not entered your thoughts yet,  there is a big sign up in front that should make things perfectly clear.

Keep Out 03

Keep Out 03

“KEEP OUT. THIS IS NOT A SALVAGE YARD. TRESPASSERS WILL BE SHOT.”

You know, it might be time to re-evaluate your life’s direction when you have to mention the place you live is, in fact, not a salvage yard. And that anyone wanting to sell you some cookies will get a big, hot, heaping serving of lead for their trouble.

The next time I drive by, I’ll stop and get a GPS location so I can put it on a map.

That is, I’ll stop across the highway to get a GPS location so I can put it on a map.