Stop 5-Amarillo, TX

Stop 5-Amarillo, TX

Having the van fixed, canyons, long horns, and Cadillac Ranch.  All fun down in good ole’ Amarillo, Texas!

The Beginning

First things first: get the A/C fixed in the van.  We had gone a few days without it in the 90-degree heat of Oklahoma, and were getting a little tired of having to shout to each other over the air coming in through the windows.  It was a bit of an unexpected cost to get it fixed but it’s going to be worth it in the long run.

We were able to hit two birds with one stone by doing laundry while the car was in the shop.  Unfortunately, this took a hefty portion of our day from us.  But we were able to drive down to Palo Duro Canyon for a bit of Texan scenery, as well as check out Cadillac Ranch.

The Middle

Palo Duro Canyon State Park is just a 20 to 30-minute drive south of Amarillo.  It offers a few outdoor activities such as camping, hiking, and trail riding on horseback.  We just did a short drive through the park, though.  There are a lot of trails to pick from, all with different lengths and levels of difficulty.  Here are a few things we got to see just driving through the park:

  • The Big Cave-essentially a big hole along the canyon wall. We didn’t walk right up to it, but we are a little regretful of that, because it looked pretty darn big.

  • Longhorn Cattle-when you think Texas, you think longhorn cattle. They were huge!  This one knew we were taking a picture.

  • Roadrunners-you know, the Looney Tunes character who was always tricking Wile E. Coyote and making him fall of cliffs (which somehow, he kept surviving). We had never seen these little critters before.  They’re smaller than you might think…and just as fast (which is why we didn’t get a picture) if you’re basing it off the cartoons.

The End

Making our way out of town, we made a pit stop at Cadillac Ranch.  To be honest, we were a bit disappointed.  It’s a really great piece of Americano, and that’s why we were really excited to see it, but it doesn’t look like there’s anybody protecting it too much, or the surrounding cropland.

People spray paint the classic cars that are unnaturally sticking out of the ground, and when they’ve finished creating their art pieces, they just toss their paint cans on the ground for others to pick up and use.  It’s great that they’re allowing others to participate in this activity, but it just makes this piece of history look, and feel, unimportant.  Definitely go see it, but don’t get your hopes up too high…at least in our opinion.

We’ve left Amarillo behind us now and are heading for Santa Fe, New Mexico!  We’re ready to start heading into the mountains!

Miles Driven

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