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June 28

Lubbock - Palo Duro Canyon State Park


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Leaving energy behind, today’s route over byways and farm roads was, you guessed it, all about farming. Big farming. Crop farming. Huge sprayer installations. Giant elevators. Co-ops. John Deere, obviously. Cattle stations, too, here and there. Large ones.
And then: Palo Duro Canyon. Nothing in the landscape points to it. There are no signals, no warning signs. You don’t see it coming. Out of the blue, it’s just there. From one mile to the next, you are in Arizona. It’s no Grand Canyon, it’s not nearly as wide, long, and deep (we camped on the bottom; you drive down a fairly steep incline), but it’s impressive, nonetheless, the more so because of its sudden appearance. It has similar red rock, red earth, clearly demarcated horizontal layers. The same perfectly flat rim.

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Palo Duro Canyon – Overlook

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Palo Duro Canyon – Down below

Every time I go to the US, I have a set of two primaryy objectives: local highschool team baseball hats and Levi’s 550 and 560 jeans (Dutch stores sell almost exclusively 501s at over $100; where I am from, jeans are considered fashion items rather clothes). No luck so far on the baseball hats, but I did find my first pair of 550s, the only ones in the store in my size (I would clearly not blend in among a Texan crowd of men). And we had a big lunch in Canyon at Feldman's Wrong Way Diner, not only voted best place to eat 6 years in a row, but with two trainsets running along the ceiling.

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Canyon - Feldman's Wrong Way Diner - Voted best place to eat 6 years in a row

Posted by FierceOrc 18:12 Archived in USA Tagged rv texas new_mexico

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