Day 17

13 Jun

Today was a short driving day. We traveled from Albuquerque to Amarillo. Along the way we saw miles and miles of miles and miles. We are back in the high plains, where the song, “Give me land, lots of land,” comes from. On one stretch of Interstate we checked the mileage from where we were to a spot in the distance where the road finally vanished over a small ridge – twenty miles. In places, I swear I could see the curvature of the earth. The windmill colonies reappeared in the panhandle of Texas.

Fires are still a problem. A warning has been issued in Homolovi Ruins where we visited yesterday. So far we have been unaffected.

In Vega, Texas, we went to see the Boot Tree at Dot’s Mini-Museum. Just so you’ll know where we were, Vega is just a few miles west of Wildorado.

We did see one of the landmarks of the trip today, Cadillac Ranch. Walking back across the field from the cars, we passed another aging couple. The guy looked at me and said, “I can’t believe I’m walking across this field to see this.” We have to sacrifice for culture.

Our plan was to get to Amarillo early and rest. We did. Early this evening we ate steaks at the Coyote Bluff Café. The café looked like a place that Guy Fieri should visit. It was a good steak house. We had dessert at Cowboy Gelato. After dessert, we cruised around Amarillo, not exactly LA. We did see the Guardian of the Arts in Sunset Center, and old shopping center. It was just where I thought the Guardian of the Arts would be.

Tomorrow we drive across Oklahoma to Fort Smith, Arkansas. Having visited Fort Smith in the past, we may start to sense home.

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2 Responses to “Day 17”

  1. Kathryn Sproull June 13, 2012 at 2:41 pm #

    Hope you painted your initials on one of the cars…

  2. boblinn June 13, 2012 at 7:27 pm #

    I tried, but the wind was so strong I just sprayed blue paint around. Lee

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