We thought the construction traffic we encountered on the way into the city for our visit to the Memorial during the week would be gone on a Sunday morning. Wrong. Evidently they take care of the detail work on Sundays. Traffic was backed up for miles while a police car escorted two men slowly pushing a manual painting contraption down the center line of the interstate. Sigh.
Once the jam finally broke up we continued our journey west through miles of big sky country, just sky and flat land. Oddly restful scenery.
|simplicity is peaceful|
We eventually arrived in Amarillo Sunday afternoon and set up camp at the Amarillo Ranch RV Ranch for one night before our scheduled stay in nearby Palo Duro State Park. Our stomachs chose the "Ranch" because it's practically next door to the Big Texan restaurant (home of the free 72 oz. steak.) and because it offers free, yummy donuts in the morning. We had to stay somewhere for the night, might as well have happy tummies they told us.
We've enjoyed visiting Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the past and we were looking forward to reconnecting with it's red rocks again.
|we stayed down there|
It's always a shock to be driving through a totally flat landscape and suddenly coming to it's edge. That's how it is driving south from Amarillo, through Canyon and into Palo Duro Canyon. One minute you can see forever and the next the ground has dropped away and you're following the road down and down a twisting road to the Canyon floor.
|Beluga's campsite view|
We parked the Jeep on the shoulder of the park road and hiked back and up into the cave.
At first I was reluctant to try my knee on the rocky route into the cave but Dave encouraged me and I took my time. Another milestone for me. I made it up and in and then back down to the Jeep with no ill effects.
|you can do it......|
|view from inside the cave....can you see the jeep in the distance?|
|Dave peeks through a hole in the roof|
We thoroughly enjoyed our time at Palo Duro and look forward to our next stay at the Panhandle's other Canyon State Park.....Caprock Canyon State Park.
We're back at the Amarillo Ranch RV Park to wait out some severe thunderstorms and rain events before moving down into the next canyon. We expect the weather to straighten itself out by Tuesday so we'll leave then.