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Red Canyon

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  • Day34

    Palo Duro Canyon

    May 7 in the United States

    The KOA we are staying at is situated right next to a train track, a highway and an airport. It was a loud and sleepless night for Elisa. She counted 13 trains passing. It seems Amarillo is very popular for freight trains.

    When we all finally woke up, it was already warm outside. The temperature was to reach almost 100 degrees/ or 37 degrees. It was going to be a hot day. It was windy, overcast and hot.

    Our day was supposed to consist of hikes throughout Palo Duro Canyon. We drove about 30 min to get to the 2nd largest Canyon in the U.S. Unlike the Grand Canyon, where you can see it approaching miles ahead, this canyon just shows up out of nowhere amongst country farm land.

    Palo Duro Canyon is 120 miles long, as much as 20 miles wide, and has a maximum depth of more than 800 feet. Its elevation at the rim is 3,500 feet above sea level. It is home to lots of different wild life. We were able to drive right down into the canyon and we were surprised how green and the different low living vegetation there was in the canyon.

    As of now Brandon has only got junior ranger badges y National Parks, but through chatting, we found out that some State parks have ranger badges as well. So, Brandon got his booklet at the visitor center.

    We drove down the canyon and on the scenic road. We stopped to walk the 1.3 mile, one way, sunflower trail, but only did a mile loop instead. It was so hot out. Inara fell asleep in the carrier and was sweating, Brandon didn't complain, it was just an uncomfortable day. We saw a rodent run in front of us, and a wild turkey as well and birds.

    After finishing the page for Brandon's ranger badge (which was a patch this time) and heading back up the canyon, we decided to take our waiters suggestions and head to the museum in canyon, the town. Unfortunately, the museum is closed on Mondays until June. We had our lunch sitting out at the front of the museum.

    We headed back to Amarillo. As it was so hot, we stopped and did some shopping at the Toys R Us, as they are closing down. We got some bargains and then headed back to the campsite to start at early dinner and relax. The KOA has a pool but doesn't open until next week. It would have been perfect to use now.

    The KOA got a bit busier and we had 2 other groups with kids for Brandon to play with. The one family is from Ohio and they homeschool the 2 out of 4 kids that are school aged. The only reason why I bring this up is because every campsite we have been, we have met home schooled families. I never realized how big it really was.

    It was a relaxing night and for the first time we got to sit outside after the kids went to bed, as it was a earlier night than normal.
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  • Day10

    Palo Duro

    April 30 in the United States

    Arriving at this campground was like a dream. They call it “Grand Canyon of Texas” for good reason. The rocks are red and multicolored, and the deep canyon is covered with trees and lush ground cover. After wandering around having difficulty finding our campground (due to it being unmarked! No signs!!) we pulled into a killer spot with tons of privacy and million dollar views. On the way we spotted a lazy deer, two wild turkeys, and a bunny rabbit (the latter had claimed our campsite for his own). This is going to be great!

    At night we watched a lighting storm in the distance light up the sky. Too far away for thunder or rain, but still fun.
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  • Day11

    Our campsite

    May 1 in the United States

    We headed back to our campground while there was still plenty of light so we could enjoy sitting outside with the peace and quiet. It’s pretty awesome because the campground is actually down on the canyon floor, barely visible from the top. The switchbacks in the road are a doozy, but well worth it!

    We had a great time sitting and watching the wildlife and sunset. There was a roadrunner that came right up to Eric’s window and posed for several minutes, then got ran off by an impressive male turkey that walked right through our camp. After the sunset we were able to watch bats swooping around furiously. This place is definitely something special!Read more

  • Day11

    Palo Duro Day 3

    March 1, 2017 in the United States

    First of March and the temperature dropped during the night below freezing, froze the water lines, but once again I had my electric blanket and then this morning plugged in my electric heater. I survived until the sun came out. Gorgeous morning So headed out on a 7 mile loop. It was awesome.

  • Day11

    Palo Duro State Park Day 2

    March 1, 2017 in the United States

    So Tuesday was interesting. The wind blew all day and it was overcast. So decided a good day to hike. Did a five mile hike to The Lighthouse and then added another 2. For some reason every thing hurt when I got back to camp. I used it as an excuse for a hot shower and a glass of wine. Hopefully tomorrow will be better. The wind is rocking the van but also seems to have blown the turkey flock out of camp. They are rather nosy and a bit scary. People apparently have been feeding the wildlife as you can tell by how close they all came.Read more

  • Day96

    Palo Duro Canyon State Park

    April 9, 2016 in the United States

    Arrived at Palo Duro Canyon State Park, the Grand Canyon of Texas, yesterday afternoon. Beautiful views of the canyon from our campsite. No cell service. http://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/palo-duro-canyon
    We toured the visitors center today then drove into Canyon for provisions. Saw the sorriest looking horse we've ever laid our eyes on. I don't think he was neglected as his pasture mates looked fine... he was just ugly. Gorgeous sunset this evening.Read more

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