Dinosaur Tracks

Trip Start Jun 11, 2013
Trip End Sep 01, 2013

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Clayton Lake
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Clayton Dinosaur Tracks

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

June 18, 2013

That hot weather at Caprock changed to some pretty severe thunderstorms in the evening and during the night. The park lost electrical power several times but it was after dinner and we were equipped with book lights so reading was the entertainment for the evening.  By the time we turned in, the power was back on but it went on and off several times during the night.  About 2:30, it was too still in the bedroom so I moved to the sofa and cracked open a window.  The lightening was fantastic; the night sky was illuminated almost constantly for several hours and I watched a great deal of it out our back window before succumbing to sleep again. 

The morning of our departure dawned beautifully fresh and clear, and we were on the road by ten heading for New Mexico.  To get there, we had to travel back to Amarillo and take the loop before getting off on SH 1051 that cuts over to US 87 through Dalhart where we stopped for lunch at a pretty good BBQ spot – Hodie's on Main Street.  There was ample parking in a lot next door and a bunch of cars & trucks parked out front, so we felt safe in our choice and it was not a disappointment.

The scenery from Amarillo to New Mexico didn’t change much.  One of my friends commented on a previous post that I managed to make even the Panhandle sound interesting, but there are parts of the area that are really lacking in scenery.  However, we were surprised in New Mexico when we began to see "mountains".  Granted, these were not big mountains but they did break up the monotony.  Two peaks we watched off in the distance, we were pleased to note were on the road to the state park.  Today we learned they were named “Rabbit Ears”. 

Arriving at Clayton Lake State Park, we were shocked to find it unattended with only a pay station in evidence.  The place was neat and clean though, with nice shelters and picnic tables, but we had a little difficulty finding our reserved space.  After driving around on some “unimproved” roads, we finally located the area with electrical hookups and managed to get set up.  As we were driving to the park, we had seen some pretty ominous clouds in the distance and while we were setting up, the wind picked up.  We pulled our chairs under the picnic canopy and watched the lightening show but the driving rain soon sent us running for the safety of our RV.  The rain continued for several hours but then the skies cleared and we were able to get out and take photos of the double rainbow beyond the lake. 

By bedtime, it was a little cool in the trailer so I decided to put a blanket back on the bed.  It was a good idea!  This morning it was 59 degrees outside and 61 in the RV.  Ironically, I had called my friend Lois in Alaska to tease her about “burning up” as they were having a heat wave with temps in the mid to upper 80’s.  Looks like we flip-flopped our weather. 

The wind was gusting heavily so we delayed our morning walk for several hours.  The park is home to a display of dinosaur tracks so later we hiked over the dam to the spillway area.  The wind was so strong on the dam, we couldn’t talk to one another, but it was better when we dropped down to the spillway.  The tracks reminded me of the Canyon Lake flood of 2002 that went over the spillway for the first time since it was created.  When the flood waters settled, a gorge was created below the spillway that later revealed dinosaur tracks.  Not surprising though, there are other dinosaur tracks in the area and also in Waco and Glen Rose.  The tracks here were very distinct and left no doubt that dinosaurs roamed the area, which was once a shallow sea bed. 

We’ll leave here tomorrow, the 19th, and move on to Colorado Springs to attend our reunion.  While we’re there, we’ll tour the Air Force Academy, see a ball game, and a few other activities.  We will not be going to Pike’s Peak since we did that a few years ago.  I don’t think I was blogging back then but the one thing I can tell you is this:  take the Cog Railway to the top – don’t drive – they don’t have guardrails.  But if you decide to drive, they have t-shirts at the top that read, “Guardrails are for Sissies”
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Phyllis Renth on

Gorgeous pictures! I was sick so missed Kelly and Roy's wedding yesterday too. Thanks for sharing.

monadurham on

Great hearing from you two! By now you are in CoLorado Springs and possibly have visited the Air Force Academy's beautiful chapel !

We attended Kelly and Roy's beautiful Hill Country Wedding and missed you two! The bride was beautiful, the ceremony outstanding and we had a wonderful time! Since I had missed her shower, we were glad we could attend her wedding! With my wonderful hearing aids- I was able to hear everything said- but Dan and others missed a lot- that was unusual to say the very least! Jan's dress was lovely and she looked beautiful! Everyone had a wonderful time and Dan and I were the last of our group to leave. AWESOME EVENT!

Happy travels and we are awaiting your next travel-log!! Stay safe and may God be with you on your journey!

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