Ron & Elena's 2007-2010 Travels travel blog






Very detailed models with all functional mechanical parts.

















This one seems way too complex. The pitch of each blade is...








This display is monitoring the huge Vestas Wind Turbine on the grounds.



























Nice display of windmill models and photography.


The Vestas really makes Da Honu look small!






Notice the children playing near the windmill - this thing is huge!

Elena's not huge - this windmill is TINY!

Very unique support structure.







Spanish Broom in bloom by the Wind Power Center.

Our lunch stop.

Inside J & J's

Owner Jim Fortenberry is chopping a brisket for my sandwich.

Tasted as good as it looks!

A beautiful end to another great day of full-timing!

(Ron Writing) This morning we toured the American Wind Power Center in Lubbock. The AAA Tour Book sure messed up when they failed to rate this museum as a “Gem”! There are over 90 historic windmills displayed in a large exhibit hall. These windmills cover the entire history of the American water-pumping windmill, from the 1860s to current production. Most have been carefully restored to like-new condition. There are many more windmills in working condition displayed outdoors on the 28-acre property . They range from the modern Vestas Wind Turbine that dominates the property and furnishes power to the facility, to very old and unique windmills. This facility is recognized as an international resource for preserving and studying the history of the windmills. They have plans for expanding the facility so we’ll try to get back here again sometime. If you’re ever in the area, be sure to stop and see this unique and educational museum.

One of the people we met at church Sunday told us about his favorite local BBQ restaurant, J & J Bar-B-Q. Last night we stopped there for dinner but they were already closed. The sign says they are open from 11 AM until they run out of meat. It’s mostly a lunch spot. After working up an appetite touring the Wind Power Center we went there for lunch. It’s a very small restaurant in the downtown area of Lubbock catering to mostly a local clientele and serving brisket, sausage, turkey and pork loin sandwiches. We both opted for the $5.50 special that included your choices of sandwich and a side dish, and a drink. Elena ordered the pork loin with potato salad; I ordered the chopped beef with beans. Both were excellent but we both liked the chopped beef brisket better. Owner Jim Fortenberry even let me take his picture while he was chopping a brisket for my sandwich! A great place for lunch next time you're in Lubbock.

After lunch we left Lubbock driving east on US-82 to Ralls, TX and then north on Hwy 207 to Floydada, TX. Floydada has a nice small city-operated RV park. The Wayne Russell RV Park is free for the first two nights and then $5 per night with a 5-night maximum stay. We have electric and water hookups, a dump station, a nice level gravel pull-through site and it’s free! There are several small and medium sized towns in this part of Texas that have free campgrounds in city parks.

After dinner we enjoyed watching the sunset for about a half-hour while the sun slowly sank below the horizon and the sky changed to every shade of yellow, pink and blue. I took about 20 photos but just kept one to show you. The weather was very comfortable today. Now at 10 PM it’s 75° after getting into the mid-80’s today.

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