Seeing the Sights
Trip Start Oct 07, 2013
13Trip End Oct 20, 2013
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Now it was time to do some sight-seeing. We were going to start at Buddy Holly Center, but came across the American Wind Power Center first. This is an interesting place. They have about 50-75 different windmills displayed on the grounds, but in their building, they have 100 different style and sizes of windmills. As we looked around, we noticed most of the windmills were made in IL and some of the companies are still in business. I have never really looked at windmills, but they are made so that the blades can fold in on themselves so they can control the speed which they turn. The neatest displayed windmill was one like the earliest one built in what is now the US. It was built in 1621 on the Flowerdew Hundred Plantation in VA.
Next we made our way to Buddy Holly Center. This is a small museum about Buddy's brief career. He was born in Lubbock in 1936 and from an early age showed his musical talent. He was proficient on the guitar, violin, and mandolin. In the 18 months of his career, he toured some of the US as well as England and Australia. He was influenced by Elvis Presley and many of the blues performers and he influenced most of the English Invasion groups. You remember the song American Pie? As it turns out it really isn't about the plane crash
Next we visited the Silent Wings Museum. This is about the use of gliders during WW II. WOW, the things they delivered using gliders, men and equipment. One of the training grounds was a the Lubbock Airport. The gliders were used during the Normandy Invasion as well as several other places. It took a little bit to get things going and they lost a few men before they got it right, but then it worked pretty well. As with anything else practice made perfect. The museum has a short movie about the training and interviews with some of the pilots. One of the pilots said that the training actually was teaching them how to crash a plane until the made the glider better. Guess you have to see it to understand it.
On the way back to the campground, we saw a sign for the Lake Lubbock National Historic Landmark. Well, since the government is shutdown, this shouldn't be open, but it is. Actually this landmark is part of Texas Tech. In the 70's an archaeological dig unearthed some bones that proved there were people in this area 12,000 years ago and also there were Mammoths, very large bisons, large bears and even armadillos roaming this area then. Most of the landmark is open fields with native grasses and trees, but there is a nice interpretive center with exhibits there.
The weather is better today, at least it's not raining, just a little cool. Tomorrow it's supposed to be better, at least I hope since we're going to Palo Duro Canyon tomorrow.