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Sunday, May 31, 2015

Trinidad ,Colorado at Trinidad Lake State Park

Excellent accommodations at Trinidad State Park
what the park looks like

our site... Site 2 with full hookups..but very difficult to back into 

most sites here are electric only; they only have 6 sites with full hookups. But if scenery is your priority and you can deal with just electric (shared water close by)  This is the best site for you!

This site 1 is an easy breezy backing; also site 6 would be no problem both full hookups.

great bath house and laundy

washers only a buck and dryers 1.50
a nice playground for kids

Several hikes to choose one; they even have a one mile ADA hike.
We did this one one day..more like 6 miles because you have to take a two mile connector to get to this point
The purgerteorie river

and a little waterfall
nice views
This one is really misleading.  From this point it is 8 miles in and back from Long's Canyon.

This is the whole reason to go to Long's Canyon...
You can see the K-T Boundary...which is a boundary bewtween two geological periods...Click above and read all about it.  Many people come to study thisseeing it is the largest in the U.S.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Palo Duro Canyon - Amarillo, Texas

another cool map of texas; look closely... love the icons they used and why does Dallas always have a football??
So for our second attempt of going to Palo Duro Canyon, we were once more disappointed that we could not hike the trails.  Due to recent rains, the trails were muddy and covered with water in some places.  Boo!! So we will do the best we can by pulling over and taking pics.

The recent rains did make everything green and provided a nice contrast to the rocks

an explanation of why there are so many colors in those rocks; they had a great visitor center and small museum with informative history and geological exhibits

He looks like he is enjoying his ride
These people though were not enjoying the ride.  Click to enlarge...Their truck had a problem, so they had to unhook their 5th wheel.  The truck is on the tow truck...the rv well, guess they need another tow truck for that. We felt sorry for them.

Signs says "Trail Closed" guess this picture shows a picture of  people who cannot read.  Looks like a hike we would have really loved. 

Believe it or not these are the park cabins.  Cutest park cabins we have seen in awhile.

you know you are hiking in an area that can hit extreme temps when at every trail head there is a temperature gauge.  Today it was overcast and 60...perfect hiking weather, BUT the trails were soooo muddy.

There are a lot of cool formations in this park; most can only be seen while hiking, but this one we caught from the road.

We called it Yoga Prayer...
A Texas Rushmore :)
Well, that was a pretty side trip....looks like a great place to go exploring if the weather is below 80 and there hasn't been any rain.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Amarillo By Morning

After two weeks on our slow roll towards Colorado Springs, we finally found blue skies :)  We are hanging out in Amarillo for the holiday weekend seeing we could find a spot here ( if you know Amarillo, you will know why the RV parks are not full on a holiday weekend )  We are hoping that with one more sunny day, we can take the 25 mile ride to Palo Duro Canyon and do a bit of hiking for the day.  Basically, there are four things to do here, visit the rv museum ( Jack Sisemore Travel Land -very nice; we have an earlier blog post on this), go to Palo Duro Canyon (as long as it is not raining) ,  look at some Caddies stuck in the dirt, or go watch people try to eat a 72 oz steak at BIG TEXAN Steak Ranch.   Luckily, we did have some interesting neighbors come in this afternoon that put a smile on our face.
Basically, an rv group of women- no pets, no kids, no men.  Their membership is 6,000 strong.  This caravan started in Chicago and is following Route 66 to Venice, CA. Read more about it:

a lot of time and effort went into this cutie

You know you just want to talk to these people that are so creative

If you enlarge, you can see pin ups on the side.

Now this here is a ride

a hudson hornet
The Big Texan Steak House will send a free limo to pick you up. We saw a t least three come out to pick up the sisters.