Glenda's Adventures with Daisy 2006-07 travel blog

Cousins TJ and Betty Gilbreath

Mark Gilbreath and Sons

Chapel at Cal Farley's Boys Ranch

Julian Bivins Museum & Statue of Cal Farley and Boy

Oldham County School House


This morning I drove around in Palo Duro Canyon to get a few more photos before heading to Amarillo.

I had planned to park at cousin LaVonne's house for a couple of days and then go to cousin TJ and Betty's house. Unfortunately, Daisy would not fit in LaVonne's driveway, which is off the alley instead of the street and the City of Amarillo has an ordinance against parking RVs on the street. Happily, Daisy could fit in TJ and Betty's driveway. They took me to dinner tonight at a new restaurant called Red Robin, where we enjoyed a good meal.


This morning I went to church with TJ and Betty. Their church started a new schedule today, with a traditional service at 9:00 (which we attended) and a contemporary service at 11:30. Sunday school is between the two services. After church we had lunch at Furr's Buffet, where it was difficult to keep from over eating!


Today TJ took me to visit Cal Farley's Boys Ranch, 36 miles north of Amarillo. It covers about 11,000 acres in Oldham County's Canadian River Valley. The ranch was founded in 1939 on the site of Old Tascosa, the second town established in the Texas Panhandle. It became a trade, trail and cattle center and was the county seat of Oldham County from 1881 to 1915.

Cal Farley's Boys Ranch assumed operation of Girlstown U.S.A. (near Whiteface, Texas) in 1987 and both are supported entirely by private contributions. Children from throughout the United States live in group homes with two sets of house parents. They are provided a variety of academic, vocational, spiritual and extra-curricular activities. The whole operation is very impressive. Here's their Web address:


Today TJ and Betty took me to lunch at Red Lobster, which I always enjoy. I could make a meal of their hot cheese biscuits and salad. Afterwards Betty and I shopped for groceries to take to Critter Creek, their country home about nine miles north of Honey Grove.

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