Nadyne and I hosted our great friends from the New Directions chapter of the Good Sam Club this past summer. We had never been to Amarillo and had really been looking forward to it.
Texas is FLAT... very flat. Winds pick up speed from approaching weather fronts or butterfly wings, whatever moves the air, and there's nothing to stop it. We had 25 mph "breezes" nearly every day and night we were there in the Lone Star State.
One of the attractions was the Palo Duro Canyon, touted as the "2nd largest canyon in the country.' Well, size comparisons are subjective, and in this case, I found out that the rating was based on canyon length. It was only about a thousand feet deep and I don't think it was half a mile across where we entered the state park. There was an abundance of manzanita trees throughout the park, which is a nice contrast to the rest of the mostly barren Amarillo area, and there were many hiking trails to take you through the canyon's fingers. But, for me, as a photographer, the park was disappointing.
We did some fun things, such as having dinner at the Big Texan and visiting the eccentric Cadillac Ranch, but overall, the best thing about our week-long visit was not having to go to work. Some of our friends visited the American Quarter Horse Heritage Center and the Texas Space Museum. We all enjoyed the Jack Sisemore Traveland RV Museum, and in fact, we met the owner, Jack Sisemore, who was visiting while we were there.
All-in-all, Amarillo is a nice enough place to visit, but I wouldn't put it on any "must-see" lists.
Jack Huber is a novelist with 6 mysteries published, along with several books of poetry and photography. Now retired, he and his wife, Nadyne, are free to travel the country in their 32' 5th wheel and 1-ton Ford pickup.