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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Don't Mess With Texas #2

The  Palo Duro Canyon State Park is in Amarillo, Texas and is called the Grand Canyon of Texas. It is 120 miles long with a maximum width of 20 miles. It has a maximum depth of 800 feet and is 3500 feet above sea level on the rim. It's the nation's second largest canyon. The drive going into the park is very steep with 10% grade and is very curvy. There are several camp grounds in the park but I don't think I want to pull our rig into that hole! The park is very scenic with lots of wildlife and is worthy of a day trip. One of the highlights offered by the park is the production of their nightly play entitled Texas". This family friendly show is  set against an authentic tapestry of history. The show’s fictional characters bring to life the stories, struggles and triumphs of the settlers of the Texas Panhandle in the 1800's. Song and dance abound-and a generous helping of good ol’ Texas humor too-with cool lighting, special fire and water effects, including the Dancing Waters of Texas! Nightly fireworks highlight the Grand Finale.The play started about 8:30 and was over about 11:00.

The Cadillac Ranch is an anomaly unlike any other in the country that I'm aware of.
Cadillac Ranch is not a ranch but a public art installation and sculpture in Amarillo, Texas, USA. It was created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm. It consists of what were (when originally installed during 1974) either older running used or junk Cadillac automobiles, representing a number of evolutions of the car line (most notably the birth and death of the defining feature of mid twentieth century Cadillacs: the tailfins) from 1949 to 1963, half-buried nose-first in the ground, at an angle corresponding to that of the Great Pyramid.

Entrance to Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Taken from overlook near entrance to park. Visitors Center on right side.


Entrance to Visitor's Center. Did I say I love flag shots?

One of many scenic formations in canyon.

Camp site. They did have power and water. Most sites were vacant.

Our Trusty Steed!

Outdoor theater were Texas shows each night except Monday. Not sure when the season ends.They had a sold out crowd of 1,258 when we were there.

We had real good seats, row F in left section. First class facility

Entrance to facility
No photography is allowed, but I took these 2 shots when no one was looking. I had to have something for the blog!

Bob says "you're going to get us thrown out of here!
Why a picture of a sign, you ask?  Because it's a 75mph speed limit on a rural two lane road. Back home in NC, it's 55. Bob says come on down to south Texas where it's more than that!
Entrance to Cadillac Ranch. It's actually in the middle of a corn field. Folks have spray painted the gate going in.
Walkway to the sculpture. Notice how wide it is. It's just a dirt path worn hard by thousands of people. Every time we passed it, there were a lot of vehicles parked there.

The tradition is for everyone that has some paint to spray whatever they want on the old Caddy's.

I left my mark on this one. If you turn your head to the right and read the green paint you might see 'Cherry". I bet it's already covered by now.

I bet the paint is about an inch thick. You can see multiple layers on this one.

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