Sarah Jones and Roy Lindsay, growing up in Loving County and riding 90
miles to and from school in Wink each day isn't banishment to God's
brown nowhere as some big city folks might believe.
two seniors at Wink High School see growing up in suburban Mentone as
a positive thing.
up in Loving County has developed my character," said the
18-year-old Jones. "I don't take for granted the things I receive
like my friends and the places I travel to."
does a lot of traveling. Even her nearest neighbor, an aunt, is two
miles away from the ranch. Until she took up residence in Wink two
years ago, she commuted for years to school from the family ranch five
miles north of Mentone.
is the daughter of Loving County Judge Skeet Jones.
drive or bus ride to school in Wink is 45 miles -- one way.
the seemingly unending miles of sagebrush and mesquite, Lindsay agrees
the remote living is a positive thing.
love it. You never have to worry about offending the neighbors,"
Lindsay said. "I love the freedom you can't find anywhere
includes the freedom to ride his motorcycle across pastures whenever
he wants. "It's wonderful," he said.
lives 12 miles north of Mentone and his nearest neighbor just happens
to be Sarah and the other Joneses.
the love of the wide open spaces in a county with less than 100
people, Jones does regret being so far from the mall, Wal-mart and
other amenities of urban life and she said she enjoys going to Odessa
and Midland from time to time.
also misses some city offerings, like a paint ball field, but he takes
a different tack. "I don't miss the malls," he said.
"There's too many people."
the meantime, Lindsay get's up a 6 a.m. and sleeps a lot on the bus.
he is home by 4:30 p.m.
for both seniors, Lindsay and Jones, growing up in the quite
country-side is coming to an end.
said the experience in rural West Texas is positive, but she doesn't
mind leaving. She is going to Texas A&M to study bio-medical
isn't straying as far, keeping his roots nearby. He plans to attend
Odessa College, major in diesel technology and work in the Odessa