We did some, too - west and off the interstate into some less inhabited parts of TX. I find listening to radio ads is really interesting to get a feel for a community's concerns. Some of the radio stations were fascinating. It's good to get out and experience something different on occasion.
That's kinda how I felt exploring Texas in January - opened my eyes a wee bit more tangibly
I've been going to rural Kansas my whole life and seeing the trends, and it's unsurprisingly similar there. But there are also places that are similar much closer to here. Sprague, WA reminds me of the shrinking Kansas towns, too.
We came back from Peteris' Jungle Run by way of Leavenworth. The logging towns on the west side of the divide seemed very faded compared to when I used to go through there 35 years ago to climb at Snow Creek and Peshastin.
Yes, Oklahoma, a very depressing place indeed, particularly for an orienteer. By August I remember trees were bare, leaves eaten by locust.