Texas III

23 July, 2010
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Is it three days later and we’re still in Texas? Um, yep. Texas, she is a big state.

After a long, long, long nine hours driving through nothing but this:

we finally made it to Amarillo around dinnertime. Don’t get me wrong — we loved this gorgeous, wide-open expanse. Northwest Texas is much different from what I imagined. Much greener.

Along the way, we’d go through small towns so remote, we’d wonder out loud, “Where do these people shop?” Talk about rural, yikes. But it was all beautiful.

We had a great time at the Big Texan Steak Ranch. Excellent steaks and shopping, and we got a ride in a silly, over-the-top-Texas limousine to and from our hotel (Big Texan offers it as a free service to all Amarillo hotels). You can see photos of it on my Facebook page, and if you’re not on FB, send me an email and I’ll send you a link to the pictures.

So as of today, after our fantastic Texas adventure, we’re officially back on the Old Road. Breakfast at IHOP (because I haven’t eaten there in 20+ years), then we hit the trail to Gallup, with lots of leisurely stops in between.

Back at ya from New Mexico!


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23 July, 2010 8:03 am

Yep, Texas be massive. I remember driving from El Paso to Ohio. I think I turned a year older during that trip. :0) LONG drive. I loved the pictures of the Big Texan Steak Ranch. Did you know they were featured on the Travel Channel? Yep. Even the rides in the big steer-horned limo were shown. Gallop on to Gallup! Have a great time, younguns. Ya’ll come back now, ya hear?! Love you! ReplyRat Fink Reply:July 23rd, 2010 at 8:13 amLove you too, Mavis! And I heard from Bando on Facebook this morning — she said the same thing about… Read more »

J^2 Mama
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23 July, 2010 8:13 am

Yum…eat some IHOP for me! Those commercials with the stacks of pancakes with whipped cream and fruit on top make my mouth water! It’s probably a good thing we don’t have one very close! Have a great day! :)


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We decided to bypass IHOP yesterday because our breakfast buffet in the hotel was so fantastic — and free! LOL So we’re going to schedule IHOP for another morning. Can’t wait, yummy….OH, and look for Jake Video #2!


24 July, 2010 2:15 am

So how was Gallup?? I stayed there a couple of times, didn’t really like it. Was kind of scared actually all by myself. Checked into the hotel and stayed there until I left the next day. :)


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Girl…this is my favorite stop on 66 so far! Mostly because a) I’m not traveling alone, and b) it is the friggin’ MECCA for Native American jewelry and crafts. WOW! Can’t wait to shop today! I can imagine it might be creepy all alone, though. It’s not a “nice” town.