Sunday, May 31, 2009
We almost gave up getting to the slot canyon when we encountered this rock. Took Galen, Larry, and a nice guy just returning from the canyon with his wife to get me and my arthritic knees up and over this rock.
The guys hiked to the top of the Velvet this morning. If you count in about 12 columns from the right, that is about where they were. They didn't climb straight up. There is a trail around the back. :-)
This ridge, by the way, is the view we see when we walk out our door. Not bad, huh?
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
You have to hike a long way up to get to Cohab Canyon, the canyon in the sky. We started from the trail head on Rt. 24 and hiked a little more than a mile to see the beautiful scenes in these two photos.
The top photo is a small section of the 100 mile long Waterpocket Fold. The earth pushed up on one side and dropped down on the other creating a geological and photogenic wonderland.
The lower photo is the view we saw below us. There is a campground nestled in the trees.
Monday, May 25, 2009
This photo was taken from the RV park last night. Weather has basically been windy, cool, and often stormy this holiday weekend, which didn't bother us because we had already decided to lay low until the holiday people went home.
Friday, May 22, 2009
One more photo of Grand Wash in Capitol Reef National Park.
I learned yesterday that only about 650,000 people visit Capitol Reef each year - it is not considered a destination park because there is really not too much here but the park. We like it like that! We spent three months here a few years ago and are back for two more months.
Karen, Larry, Lu, and Galen
Karen and Lu
These are some of the critters found in Grand Wash yesterday - May 21, 2009.
May 21, is the 44th anniversary of our first date.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Sunday, May 17, 2009
Here is home for today and tomorrow. Not bad, huh? Sure is a lot better than last night when we had two guys come over and ask us for money.
The town of Bluff sits in a fairly narrow space between two gorgeous bluffs. They have a coffee shop here! The Dairy bar is closed on Sunday so we haven't checked out the ice cream yet.
A couple more petroglyphs and one Galen. These photos were taken on a 2.5 mile hike into a canyon. If you get shaky when you haven't eaten in a while like I do, make sure you eat before you hike to the end of the canyon so you don't wonder if you'll be able to hike back out. An energy bar and Propel helped and I made it just fine.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Stanley Marsh, in addition to planting Cadillacs, has put up over 200 quirky signs all over Amarillo. Outsiders mostly don't understand what they mean.
I am told this particular sign was put up near a developing golf community and delayed completion of the community for 10 years.
Do we look cold? It was windy and barely 60 degrees, if that, in Texas in May! Strange weather. Bob and Frances, our wonderful hosts, took us to the best quirky places in Amarillo. They also took us to Barnes and Noble for something hot to drink after we left the ranch. This is the closest I'll get to a major book store for a long time.
Art is a legalized form of insanity and I do it very well. Stanley Marsh III
Cadillac Ranch, located on Historic Rt. 66, is meant to be art and Mr. Marsh doesn't mind at all the people spray paint his art. I think paint is about all that is holding some of these cars together.
There are rumors about where the cars came from but they were actually junked cars costing about $200 each. They were first "planted" in 1974 and moved two miles to the west in 1997 when the city of Amarillo started getting too close.
Once upon a time, thousands of years ago, there was heavy rain near the Canadian River followed by a beautiful rainbow that lingered for days. One man went to investigate and found the rainbow was made of solid rock. Soon so many people were chipping away at the rainbow until it collapsed and left rainbow rocks scattered all over the ground. This area is now the Alibates Flint Quarries.
The flint was highly prized because of the beautiful colors and native people began a thriving business. Alibates flint has been discovered 500 miles in every direction from the quarries.
The Alibates Quarries National Monument is the least visited Monument in the USA. Too bad, because it is a beautiful and interesting place.
Here is a link where you can read more about it: