Where in the USA is the CoCo Locomoto? travel blog

Palo Duro Canyon

Palo Duro Canyon

Flood Signs

28 year old Texas Longhorn

22 year old Texas Longhorn

Texas Plains Sunset

Texas Plains Sunset


Heading southeast from Lamar we drove through the western tip of Oklahoma where the wind was howling! Again nothing to see but flat prairie, no trees and only one town in that part of OK. We arrived that afternoon in Amarillo, TX and welcomed the sight of green and trees (in the city only). We spent several days in Amarillo doing laundry, cleaning the motor home and time at the vet for CoCo who had caught some kind of gastrointestinal bug and had to be on antibiotics. While there we enjoyed visiting with people in the RV Park and seeing a couple of neat things. We drove out to Palo Duro Canyon which is the 2nd largest canyon in the U.S. While it doesn't compare in size to the Grand Canyon, you can drive all the way to the bottom and a good share of the canyon floor. The canyon is beautiful and 800 feet deep and 120 miles long. One of the funny things while driving through the canyon was the "flood signs" we saw as the area is prone to flash flooding and warns you how deep the water is! Mike had read about Palo Duro in some of his western reading he enjoys and says it was home during the Wild West days to several groups of bandits. A good hiding place for sure as the land around the canyon is very flat and you would have no idea there is a canyon in the area. It is the home to a portion of the remaining herd of "Longhorn" cattle. The Longhorn herd is owned by the state of Texas as there are no private herds left in the U.S. A couple of Texas ranchers didn't want them to die out all together so they have donated the herd to the state. The Longhorns are very adaptable to the Texas plains and can go 2 days without water. The photos show 2 of the herd, one that is 28 years old and another 22 years old. Another fun thing we did in Amarillo, which is part of the famous Route 66, is drive to a field along the route where some guy back in the days when Rt 66 was famous buried 9 Cadillacs from the 50's and 60's with the back ends sticking out of the field. They are covered with graffiti (some of which is very artistic). Sure gives you a double-take when you first see them. At the park we met some people from Boise, ID who had run into the same storm we had been running from who had to hole up in Grand Junction, CO for several days as they received over a foot of snow! One of the most beautiful things in the Amarillo area are the sunsets most evenings. The weather was in the 70's most days but down in the low 30's at night and one night down to 28 degrees. Time to get farther south!



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