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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Palo Duro Canyon in Texas


Palo Duro Canyon is only about 30 minutes out of Amarillo TX. . .
called the Grand Canyon of Texas it was really beautiful. . .
this was our first view of the canyon itself. . .you are driving along on a State Highway, surrounded by farmland, and ranches, really nothing exciting, and then voila,
the canyon appears. . .amazingly gorgeous. . .
The "Spanish Skirts" in the background, were one of my favorite formations in the Canyon. . .

It just amazes me that water, wind, and erosion, could create something so beautiful.
Dave loved everything in the Canyon, and was much more adventurous than me. . .he would go hiking off down trails to get pics. . . he is quite the explorer. . .

I was quite content to sit in "The Beast" with the a/c. . .and enjoy the views.
The thermometer at the bottom of the Canyon registered 120*. . .I could not believe that was true until we got back in the truck. . .and the temperature read 116*. . .there might be something to that no humidity stuff, because while it did seem hot, it was not unbearable. . .
Dave remembered climbing these rocks as a boy. . .
Dave's Aunt Barbara lived in Amarillo, and brought them out to the Canyon for a picnic. . .
after eating at the picnic area across the road, he said he remembered he and his brothers climbing the rocks all the way to the top. . .I asked if they were concerned about rattlesnakes. . .his reply was. . .we were kids. . .we didn't care about no stinkin' snakes. . .sounds just like a boy, doesn't it?
I had to get out of the truck to take the pics of Dave climbing the rocks. . .and he had to get a shot of me taking his picture. . .


so it was mutual admiration going on. . .

Dave loved this rock pile. . .he thought it looked like a lizard. . .

This cabin was built for the workers in the Civilian Conservation Corp. . .this is what happens to wood when there is no humidity. . .and temps beyond 100*. . .
trying to see the Lighthouse Formation. . .three miles away. . .
the most well known formation in the park. . .
and I would say the absolute centerpiece. . .awesome. . .

Dave used the zoom for this shot. . .

and I cropped this shot. . .these two formations are called. . .
The Castle Peak and The Lighthouse. . .
aptly named. . .wouldn't you say?

a shot of the Lighthouse from the back side. . .looking up from the Canyon floor.
There was a hiking trail out to this formation. . .
the signs posted recommended carrying a gallon of water per person. . .
when your water is half gone you are to start back. . .

We enjoyed every minute at Palo Duro Canyon State Park,
and will return in the future to see the drama,

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