A dear friend, Charron, asked me if anything on this trip has surprised me. I said that I couldn't think of anything up to that point. I have a different answer now....Palo Duro Canyon surprised me (us) completely. You've seen my previous pictures of what the panhandle of Texas looks like....We've driven across it many times before, nothing new to us. Usually its a place to move through as fast as possible. Little did we know that such a fantastic area is just 1/2 hour south of Amarillo.
The high plains seem to go on forever, then suddenly, a "crack" appears in the ground and as you follow it, it gets deeper and deeper. We've been in Grand Canyon, the Copper Canyon of Mexico and so we knew what was coming.
|beginning our descent|
|can you see our campground in the valley?|
|our site til Monday|
|our sheltered little ramada on Beluga's other side |
There were other, beautiful isolated campsites further into the canyon, but we decided to stay at Sagebrush campground because it was higher ground and a bit closer to the things we wanted to do and see. To get to the others, some small river crossings had to be made. Given the weather we'd encountered, we decided to stay on the high side of the water....
|One of the beautiful, private campsites|
|river crossing # 2|
|Dave standing below the high water mark sign...|
|looking for the elusive Oriole|
We took a ranger led bird watching walk one morning and added 9 new birds to our "life list". Very cool for us birdwatchers you know...
We've seen lots of friendly wildlife at our campsite....
|And this picture is for those of you who bet my new hiking boots would never see the ground....|