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... driving to Texas today and decide to stop at Amarillo. My internet research shows that there is suppose to be some ranches close by where we can do tours of the local canyon and and watch cowboys and cowgirls do their thing. But as we inquire at reception of the Fifth Season Inn we are told that there are no ranches that do that around here. Its all a myth, boo.
Its late when we get there so we look around for a place to eat. While we're in reception we see a limo waiting ...
... to preserving route 66 history.
Last stop was Cadillac Ranch which is a public art sculpture consisting of 10 1970's era Cadillacs stuck into the ground nose first and at a severe angle. Sounds weird. Yep, it is....
Over the years its turned into a spray paint mecca and folks are invited to apply their artistic talent to the overall sculpture (:
The paint is literally inches thick in many spots. I could find no trace of metal left unpainted ...
... had billboards about every 10 miles it seemed along the highway so we took the bait and stopped in to check out the place. This is the famous restaurant along the historic Route 66 and home of the "free" 72 oz steak, but the catch is you have to eat it within an hour or you pay full price. We got a closeup view of one of the steaks and none of us was going to take on that challenge. In fact, we didn't eat at all, but instead just visited the gift shop.
After leaving Big ...
... exhausted with the whole process and I just wanted it out of the way so I could try to get back to my life. Maybe I'll return someday and checkout the steakhouse my cab driver was telling me about (apparently that is THE thing to do in Amarillo, but I was too worried about getting enough sleep to venture out), but for now I just have these pics from my pseudo-adventure ...
... waves of grasses as far as the eye can see. Occasionally dotted with working oil rigs, and some cattle, saw nutin'.
Stopped at the only state park in the U.S. dedicated exclusively to Vietnam veterans. This has to be one of the most emotional place on the planet, even if you're not a Vet. The story and pictures are heart wrenching and it tears at your soul that we were involved in such a useless, stupid, wasteful, idiotic war that expended many of the lives of ...
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