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Jul 20, 2018 - Texas, Part 1

We left Oklahoma City this morning and finally found the Oklahoma I imagined, it is in the western half of the state. Flat nothingness for as far as you can see. With the flat terrain comes a steady wind from the southwest that pushed against the motor home and made keeping the rig on a straight path a little harder. Twenty miles before the Texas state line we turned north to reach the Washita Battlefield National Historic Site. The site remembers the slaughter of numerous Native Americans in 1868 during the Indian Wars. There is not much...

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Southwest trek

Jun 27, 2018 - Everything IS Bigger (and more unusual) in Texas!

We took our usual side roads and by ways when we left Hot Springs, Arkansas. We meandered through the breathtaking Qauchita National Forest where we entered the state of Oklahoma, our final contiguous state to visit. We may have talked about this before but our goal, as full-time RV’ers is to visit every state in this great Nation. Yes, we have driven through many states before we began this lifestyle but our rule is: We must stay at least two nights in a state to “color it in” on our map AND since we retired in July of 2007. Obviously, we...

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East Bound and Down

Jun 2, 2018 - Where in the World is Joey Bliss 3

Where in the World is Joey Bliss? So sorry for the lengthy time between this and our last entry. As many of you know, our ambitious travel plans from 22 May a year ago have been changed somewhat to reflect real-world responsibilities, but I guess a lesson can be learned from that. Speaking of lessons, back to “Where in the World is Joey Bliss?”. Today’s hint is that it is the second largest canyon in the USA. I guess that alone will give it away to many of you. It is approximately 120 miles long, and about 700 +/- feet deep. Tomorrow, when...

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One Day @ a Time

May 14, 2018 - Amarillo by Afternoon

Easy travel day heading to Amarillo, TX, though rather boring scenary!! That is until we saw the Cadillac Ranch. Standing along Route 66 west of Amarillo was the Cadillac Ranch built by a group of art-hippies in 1974. Ten Caddies were driven into this field, then half-buried, nose down in the dirt. Facing west in a line, their tail fins held high for all to see on the empty Texas panhandle. Now they are stripped to their frame, battered and splattered with day-glo paint. Visitors from everywhere stop to see and have spray paint cans in hand...

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Apr 26, 2018 - Trip to Palo Duro Canyon State Park

Date: April 26, 2018 Tonight’s Location: Amarillo, TX Campground: Fort Amarillo Weather: clear, windy Temperature: start 38º High 70º Wildlife count: White-tailed Deer Year List: 294 Birds: White-throated Sparrow, American Robin, Yellow Warbler We enjoyed our last Whataburger breakfast this morning – only in Texas, then headed out to Palo Duro Canyon State Park. It is a beautiful, red-rock canyon, reminiscent of Zion or Bryce with its red rocks. It was cool with a slight breeze, so perfect for hiking and birding. We hiked the nature trail,...

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Wyoming 2018

Apr 25, 2018 - Sweetwater to Amarillo - LOTS of wind

Date: April 25, 2018 Tonight’s Location: Amarillo, TX Campground: Fort Amarillo RV Mileage: End - 35010 Start - 34768 Total Miles for the day: 242 Weather: windy, thunderstorms last night, storm clouds, sunny pm Temperature: start 44º High 64º Wildlife count: Year List: 291 Birds: Canada Goose Evidently it stormed all night last night, however, all I saw were a few flashes of lightening – John heard thunder much of the night – so good to be a heavy sleeper!!! We had breakfast at home, as we weren’t in too much of a hurry to get going –...

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Wyoming 2018

Apr 25, 2018 - Amarillo, TX - Oasis RV Resort

Our trip from Norman, OK to Amarillo, TX covered 297 miles which should have been 285 except for a 12 mile detour off I-40 through El Reno, OK and back to I-40 a few exits down. We don't know why but figure there must have been an accident or something that closed I-40. We did give the Mothership an 82 gallon drink just as we came into Amarillo. We are staying at the Oasis RV Resort on the west side of Amarillo. We always try to pick a park that is after going through a large town or city so we don't have to contend with work traffic when...

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Mar 24, 2018 - Amarillo & Palo Duro Canyon

If you knew the second largest canyon in the USA was in Texas just south of Amarillo, raise your hand. I am guessing there are not a lot of hands raised. We didn’t, so we went to check it out. It’s no where the grandeur of that other canyon but still impressive. It’s roughly 120 miles long and has an average width of 6 miles but reaches 20 miles in some places and 880 ft deep. We took the drive down to the bottom where we took a 3 mile hike on the Lighthouse trail. It was very scenic and beautiful. After a fun day of hiking and sightseeing...

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Mar 24, 2018 - Ok City to Amarillo

Trying to catch up with our trip. We drove from Oklahoma City to Amarillo, Tx on Thursday. It was an uneventful trip but fun!! We spent a lot of time on Rt 66. Just outside of Ok City we took a side trip around Lake Overholser which is a man made reservoir. We also stopped a small Rt 66 Park. It had a nice map of Rt 66 inlaid in the patio area in front of the pavilion, very similar to the MS River map on Mud Island in Memphis. While driving around the lake, we saw several people fishing from the shore. We were curious what they were fishing...

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Mar 17, 2018 - Fort Amarillo RV Resort

An early start it was. With anticipation we were on the road by 8 with 310miles to cover. Sun shone, road smooth as glass, with slight undulations of maybe a sea state one to keep life interesting. Then out of nowhere what do we spy but the beginnings of the most vast sea of green we had seen in months. The eyes soaked IT ALL in for sure. Checked into another of our favorite parks barely as we forgot its spring break down here, Texas this week, Oklahoma next, spoke nice to the ladies and then squeezed us into a site that just came...

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Jan 19, 2018 - Amarillo by Morning...I ain't rich, but Lord I'm free...

It's Friday in Amarillo. I didn't make Amarillo by morning (love that song), but I did make it on Wednesday while the temps were still above freezing. Yesterday it was 64 and today is supposed to reach 73! What a wonderful welcome pleasure! I ate at the Big Texan on my Big Trip in '10, but decided to skip it this year. The food, was fantastic, atmosphere great and I loved the wandering tableside music. Next time. Instead, I washed my truck as I could no longer stand looking at it. The 5th wheel is equally as bad, but I'm going to take that...

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Jan 9, 2018 - Fort Amarillo RV Resort

And the miles roll on. We got a nice early start this morning and put in our longest day of the trip(339 miles). We busted our normal 300 mile or 3 PM rule today but worth it. Temp was a balmy almost 79F when we stopped so short sleeve tops in order. Nice rolling roads again almost like being at sea. I think Randi even dozed off once or twice after we ate a big lunch as the sun shone in the windows. Off to New Mexico tomorrow, eagerly awaiting our final resting spot but trip enjoyable to date. Gas continues at the 2.15 mark so that takes a...

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