Penny and Bob's Great Adventure 2013 travel blog

Straight Arrow highway

Bringing in the last of the crop

Here come the tumbleweeds

And there are more of them!

It's a stop on the Amtrak line.

Bob...and the end of a wind turbine

But this isn't one of the Amtrak engines.

It was made in Philadelphia!

A beautiful bronze statue - "Short Fuse - Slack Rope"!

It's now a car dealership. Built of petrified wood.

And now some history

A rather historic town







Wow, was today a windy traveling day! I don’t usually like traveling when it’s windy but when we started out around 11 a.m., the weather was great! Right down CO-59 to US-287. Easy driving…other than the wind.

Somewhere along the line, we picked up wind and somewhere along the line, the wind picked up hundreds of tumbleweeds that seemed to be playing “Dare” with us as they’d roll across the road, sometimes stopping in the middle, then go back the other way or continue to the fence on the other side. It was like a game of Tag! There was one curve where, for one reason or another, they all piled up (hundreds!) on the inside of a curve, covering our half of the highway. I went way around them because I surely didn’t want to be dragging them along but a semi-truck behind us went right through them and had a huge bunch under his tractor and they stuck with him while he passed us (we only go about 60 mph) and until he was out of sight. Oklahoma doesn’t have anything on Colorado when it comes to wind blowing down the plains!

We passed pumping oil wells and capped gas wells. Mile upon mile of just wilderness. Saw some pronghorn antelopes out in the middle of nowhere and also some horses out in the middle of nowhere. The pronghorn were wild; don’t know if the horses were or not. Heck, we even had a coyote mosey across the highway in front of us. I don’t know where he was going but he was certainly in no hurry to get there, for sure!

Through the town of Lamar and into the Country Acres RV Park around 1:00….99.9 easy (but windy) miles today. Bob was very patient when we were looking for a campsite. As you can see on the website map, they’re arranged horizontally around the park perimeter which is sort of strange. I didn’t like the first one we were supposed to take because it was too close to the neighbor. Grumble, grumble. Back to the office where the lady suggested another site next to the desert. Tried that one but as we were setting up, the wind was coming broadside and THAT certainly didn’t sit well with me so back to the first site. Sort of like Goldilocks and the 3 Bears!! But I’m not quite blond…or young. Oh well.

Lamar is a fairly large town, at least compared to the towns we've been stopping in lately. It also has a lot of history so there are going to be many, many pictures...both here and on Photobucket. Please take the time to go through the pictures and you'll learn history that was never taught in our history books! One of the things you'll learn about (or read more about if you already know it) is the story of the Amache Japanese Relocation Camp that was established during WWII.

The Lamar Community College stables are right down the street from us and it was sure neat watching everyone riding. I do miss that. However, to make up for missing riding, I came across a HUGE llama herd when I was out geocaching one day. I knocked on the door and the lady there told me it all started when her mother-in-law started showing llamas. She eventually stopped showing but the herd just kept growing and growing; it's now up to about 500+ llamas!! Oh, and one bald-faced steer. That's a lot of hay to buy since they've eaten all the grass in their very large pasture.

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