May 21st ~ TEXAS
Back on Route 66, at least for a while today. Much of the old highway runs beside Highway 40, but sometimes it goes off on its own for a ways. We managed to get onto another section that turned into a dirt road today which kind of left a bad taste in my mouth.
I had been advised to purchase a Route 66 guide before we left.
I should have listened…
The hardest part of the day though was the WIND. Tim was white knuckling it for part of the way. Even as small as our RV is, we were getting pushed and shoved all over the place whenever a cross wind would hit us – which was far too often.
“Cadillac Ranch is 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.
The installation half-buried ten Cadillacs (1949-1963) nose-first in the ground. Installed in 1974, the cars were either older running, used or junk cars — together spanning the successive generations of the car line — and the defining evolution of their tail fins.” ~ Wikipedia
Our first stop was at this famous and rather iconic landmark. You must park along the side of the road, enter through a cattle gate, and walk about 100 yards to get to the cars.
Standing on end, the remains are garish and literally covered in spray paint graffiti. It seems to be the thing to do ~ bring your own spray paint, leave your mark and then add your empty can to the trash pile.
We saw numerous cans sunk in the dirt along the row.
There are large trash bins back along the road and people have been encouraged to PLEASE pack out your empty cans and put them into the dumpsters.
And nothing says TEXAS like a longhorn!
“The Grand Canyon of Texas – The second largest canyon in the country lies in the heart of the Texas Panhandle.” ~ Texas.gov/state parks
This was to be our destination for one night. We were in luck and managed to snag the very last RV camping spot within the park.
Teased as the second Grand Canyon, this is in reality the second largest canyon in the USA. Not as long, or deep as the Grand Canyon, but it is actually two miles wider and offers up some beautiful scenery of its own as well as many miles of hiking trails.
The Civilian Conservation Corp (CCC) was responsible for building this park.
GRATITUDE MOMENT: Today I am grateful to be in for the night and off the roads. Down inside the canyon we are partially shielded from the worst of the wind. I also got a kick out of seeing Cadillac Ranch. One can only wonder, “what was the man thinking” when he created this. And would he be surprised today, knowing what attention it draws from thousands of people each year.