John and Sandy's RV Adventure Journal

Texas

Canyon TX

We headed to Buffalo Lake Natl Wildlife Refuge today. It looks like a nice area and lots of wildlife. When we got there we found out there were no buffalo’s and the lake dried up in 1979. There was an 11 mile scenic drive so we took that for a few miles. Pretty much driving on a gravel road with fields and a few trees here and there. We turned around and were lucky to see a mama deer with her baby. They posed for us and then took off. A few minutes later we saw a few more deer. We also saw a rabbit and on the way out we saw some buffalo on a ranch. So we did get some wildlife. We are heading out tomorrow morning, so we did our pre-departure day stuff and had an early evening.


Canyon TX

We were back at Palo Duro State Park early afternoon. We stopped at the visitors center to get some info and go through the little museum about the history of the area. Now a short hike on the nature trail to the Prairie Dog river. We got to the river (no water) and then hiked back. This area was loaded with grasshoppers. Near the truck was a couple of roadrunners which posed for us and then took off.

Now we took the scenic drive through the park and stopped at various pullouts. We did go to one hike which took us to a cave on a cliff. John hiked all the way up. We stopped for a picnic and saw 3 turkeys. They let us get kinda close for pictures. We also saw a deer and rabbit. On the way home we stopped to take pictures of a herd of longhorn cattle. We enjoyed a cocktail outside and then grilled up some steaks.


Canyon TX

   We have about 300 miles today to Canyon TX just south of Amarillo. We were on the road by 6am and all set up at Palo Duro RV Park and having lunch by 1pm (with a time change).

We decided to come to this area because of Palo Duro Canyon. It’s the 2nd largest canyon in the United States. It’s 120 miles long and over 800 feet deep. We thought about staying in the state park but it’s in the bottom of the canyon and it’s a steep 10% grade road with winding sharp curves and no phone or internet so we stayed a few miles outside the park with FHU, cell service, internet and tv. I know, we like our stuff.

Six nights a week they have an outdoor play in the canyon called “Texas”. We decided to go tonight and got our tickets online. The play starts at 830pm but we got to the park around 6pm. Stopped at one of the overlooks and it is a beautiful canyon. Not as big as the grand canyon, but more trees and bushes. We had brought a cooler with a few beers and enjoyed a few brews with a great view. Now we drove the road down into the canyon. Yes, we could have taken our rv down the road, but it would not have been fun. We checked out the campground and it had nice sites but that’s it. We took a short hike to a bird blind and saw a small rodent and various birds including a nice woodpecker.

We got to the amphitheater for the play and listened to a country band for a few minutes and then it was time to enter. Our seats were perfect. Center and a little bit up, row G. The play is about Texas and the story of change from the Indians to the cattlemen to farmers to when the railroad came through. It was about 2 hours long and really good. Beautiful setting in the canyon with the cliffs in the background.

There are over 60 actors and also over 10 horses and a donkey in the play. It is very well done and we would recommend it to anyone. There were over 800 people there and the farthest from Australia. They talked about rain in the play and had fake thunder, but there was real lightning going on over the cliffs but no rain, so that was pretty cool. When we headed home up the canyon road we had to be real careful. It was so dark and late. Around one sharp turn a deer crossed right in front of us. We had a great time at the play “Texas” at Palo Duro State Park.

 

Big Bend Natl Pk, TX

We took a short drive down to Daniels Ranch early this morning. We stopped to enjoy the view of the Rio Grande and checked out where the Hot Springs Trail ends. Now after coffee and breakfast, we headed to #2 Hot Springs Historic Walk trail. We had to drive in on a dirt road and then take a very narrow winding road ½ mile into where the trailhead was. We took a short hike about 1 mile round trip to the Hot Springs. They were right along the Rio Grande. I headed back to the truck and John continued on back to Daniels Ranch about a 3 mile hike. It does have up and down elevation so it took him some time.

I headed back to Daniels Ranch and did some reading under a nice shade tree with shade. John finished his hike and we went home to do some indoor reading for a couple hours during the heat of the day. We did get a rainstorm with thunder and lightning for a little while but then it was gone and it’s still hot, around 108 degrees. We are leaving tomorrow so we do have a few projects to get done today.