Posts Tagged ‘texas’

Day 10: Halfway There on Route 66, TX…

Day 10: Halfway There on Route 66, TX…

At first light we loaded the Jeep and left Palo Duro, which remained as beautiful in the early morning, as it was in the night. The vivid colors blended into a natural collage framed by the windshield as we drove up and out of the spectacular canyon. We returned to Route 66 in Amarillo, heading [...]


Portfolio: Palo Duro Canyon, Texas

Portfolio: Palo Duro Canyon, Texas

Palo Duro Canyon, just outside Amarillo, is a magnificent natural wonder. With awe-inspiring red cliffs, and bright banded layers of colors representing four different geologic periods spanning over 240 million years, its buttes and mesas define a rugged skyline. Exploring the trails nestled in between gullies and brush, we discover a surprising variety of plants [...]


Day 9: Palo Duro Up Close…

Day 9: Palo Duro Up Close...

The air smelled good. We woke early, anxious to make the most of our “pause” in this spectacular canyon. We wanted to explore it’s vastness up close and we actually had the time, as today was a “rest” day — it was the first day we weren’t driving since we set out on Route 66 [...]


Goodnight

The man most associated with Palo Duro canyon, Charles Goodnight, is a legendary figure in the Texas panhandle. Born in 1836, in Macoupin County, Illinois, Goodnight moved to Texas with his mother and stepfather when he was only ten years old. By age 20 he was working as a cowboy on the northwest Texas frontier, [...]


Destination: Palo Duro Canyon State Park, TX

Destination: Palo Duro Canyon State Park, TX

Located about an hour’s drive from Amarillo, Palo Duro Canyon is the most spectacular scenic landscape feature in the Panhandle of Texas. The canyon appears almost without warning, a jolting razor cut through the flat grasslands of the Llano Estacado or “Staked Plains.” Early Spanish Explorers are believed to have discovered the area and dubbed [...]


Texas, an Unlikely Surprise…

Texas, an Unlikely Surprise…

We knew Texas was different when we drove across the border. We couldn’t exactly say why, or even what was different. But something definitely was.
It’s true that we had now crossed the conceptual line from “midwest” to “west,” which was evident by the changing landscape. But what we felt was something else. It was something [...]


Review: Texas (the musical), Palo Duro Canyon

Review: Texas (the musical), Palo Duro Canyon

“TEXAS, the outdoor musical drama” is a broadway-quality production put on outdoors in the middle of the spectacular Palo Duro Canyon.
The show begins on a grand scale with the lone horseman on top of a 600 foot cliff in the distance, waving the Texas state flag, a burst of fireworks, the music starts and the [...]


Day 8: Welcome to Texas Route 66…

Day 8: Welcome to Texas Route 66...

A simple sign marked the Texas border. A cowboy in a little convertible drove past, giving us a slightly surreal welcome to another world. We followed him into the town of Shamrock.
Even without the cowboy’s help, following the old road is easier in Texas, because it rarely strays far from the interstate. 150 of the [...]


Texas Cowboys and Cattle Drives

Texas Cowboys and Cattle Drives

When the civil war ended, the price of beef was so low that it wasn’t worth the cost of getting cattle to market in the east. Even just rounding up the cattle for branding was expensive, so livestock was left to roam freely and herds multiplied, with growing numbers of unbranded animals known as “mavericks.”
Once [...]


Museums on the Road

Museums on the Road

In many ways, a road trip seems the antithesis of a museum visit — the primal idea of the road trip is to get out there and see and do things in the first-person, while a museum is a place we go to view what others have discovered and assembled into collections. But with so [...]


The Outlaw as American Folk Hero

The Outlaw as American Folk Hero

Driving along Route 66 we often seem to come upon places that boast of association with one or another infamous American outlaw. Stories about Jesse James or Bonnie and Clyde get told and re-told, and it makes one wonder why so many of the folk heroes out here were outlaws.
Americans love the “ordinary guy” who [...]


Reservations or Not?

To make or not to make reservations… that is the question. But seriously, planning a trip of this length, we really DID have to make some decisions about advance reservations versus the spontanaeity of the road.
Like most travellers who chose to take Route 66, we wanted room for spontaneity and time to discover things as [...]