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Old 07-15-2011, 09:00 AM   #15
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Here is the JA Ranch story. Interesting.

You'll want a copy of J. Evetts Haley's biography of Charles Goodnight as it is central to the Plains story.

Departing Corpus Christi for Western Texas

All books mentioned are public library staples in Texas.

Looking forward to more of this thread. Still trapped in CC, but wandering the roads with AIR.


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Long summer trip to Moab Part 1.6 Palo Duro Canyon

At nearly all big state and National parks there is usually only enough time for us to see the main attractions. At PDCSP the iconic rock to view is the Lighthouse Rock. It is not somewhere you can just drive up, snap a photo and be on your way. It involves some hiking. Hiking when it is 106F can be a bit of a challenge! The hike was beautiful. We drank a lot of water!
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This is the little warning in the corner of the trail map.
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This is the even bigger warning sign. Notice how the trail gets a mile and a half longer and needing a gallon of water instead of a quart. Must be from experience! We heeded the warnings and marched on.
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The trail wasn't too terribly rough. Mostly flat easy going.
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There were some nice colors and formations.
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My oldest son thought he saw something in this hole.
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Look who was hiding in there.
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Long summer trip to Moab Part 1.7 Palo Duro Canyon

After a couple of miles of hiking, we make it to the view point. We snapped a couple of pics and marched on back.
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The ants were happy for our arrival at the view point. It's as if they were just there waiting on our scraps. They enjoyed our vegetable chips!
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It was starting to cool off, so there was some wildlife to see.
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The sun was getting long in the day. It makes for some spectacular colors.
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End of the trail. Now we can say we've hiked the lighthouse trail and saw the lighthouse rock in person.
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Wow Top! Thank you! Seeing how it's 60 degrees here in Seattle, and I can't drive for at least another month (leg injury.... ruptured Achilles) ... it's nice (darn nice!) to "vacation" via your pics! Have a great time!
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Actually, she isn't really too alarmed with tarantulas. It is the little spinney crevice dwellers around our house she is deathly afraid of.

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Wow Top! Thank you! Seeing how it's 60 degrees here in Seattle, and I can't drive for at least another month (leg injury.... ruptured Achilles) ... it's nice (darn nice!) to "vacation" via your pics! Have a great time!
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60? It hasn't been 60 here since January! Sorry to hear about your bad wheel. Hope you heal up soon. There is much more to come from this trip. We're only on day two of our ten day trip!
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Long summer trip to Moab Part 1.8 Palo Duro Canyon

When we got back to the CG everyone was thirsty.
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We spent the evening doing some grilling on a small Coleman gas grill. Not too manly, but no charcoal fires were allowed. The next morning we loaded up and went to the top of the plateau. We stopped at the visitors center and took some pics, then headed for Amarillo.
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enjoyed your pictures of Palo Duro a lot. we have camped there several times. Do they still have the dugout house hat you can go inand imagine living in those times. my great grandfather James Pickens and his cousin Clay Allison worked for Goodnight in the late 1870's and early 1880's. My grandfather returned to AL and married then came back to Texas . Not sure if he returned to work for Goodnight or someone else. his oldest son was born in Texas. Clay stayed in Texas and became an outlaw. James lived to be 96.
I wish I could remember more details about what he told us. but family history is so often lost on the young.
I am enjoying your pictures

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enjoyed your pictures of Palo Duro a lot. we have camped there several times. Do they still have the dugout house hat you can go inand imagine living in those times. my great grandfather James Pickens and his cousin Clay Allison worked for Goodnight in the late 1870's and early 1880's. My grandfather returned to AL and married then came back to Texas . Not sure if he returned to work for Goodnight or someone else. his oldest son was born in Texas. Clay stayed in Texas and became an outlaw. James lived to be 96.
I wish I could remember more details about what he told us. but family history is so often lost on the young.
I am enjoying your pictures

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Wow Kay! What a story! Very interesting. I have been wishing that I would have been writing down or recording all the family stories I've heard from my Dad and uncle.
We didn't see a dugout while we were there. That would have been very cool to see. Maybe next time?
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Come visit here. I have Oliver Lovings' Grand Piano here at the Ranch. He was Goodnights Partner. Lonesome Dove fans will know him also as the character played by Robert Duval. He was hauled back to Texas for burial because he did not want to rest in a foreign country (New Mexico.) Your trips are great education for the Kids.
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Great to see all that hard work you have put into Abby has really paid off. Great pictures and we hope to see TX one day in our AS. Thanks for sharing your adventures.
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I think we may be able to drive up for a weekend visit sometime before school starts. The kids would love to see your ranch. Me too!

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Camping in a camper is much better than working on a camper any day! It is paying off for sure. Keep after it. Make steady progress. When you get the albatross on the road, come on down to Texas! It'd be great to see you and your husband.
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Long summer trip to Moab Part 2. Amarillo by morning

We left PDCSP in our rear view mirrors and headed for Amarillo. We took a small detour to see the sights on "The Mother Road" Historic Route 66.
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We made it to Amarillo by morning!
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The old section of Route 66 through Amarillo is a long stretch. They have this "Historic" section that has all the cool tourist traps.
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Here's Abby on Rt 66!
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There are a lot of interesting stores and restaurants. Here are a few.
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Bye bye Amarillo! Hopefully we'll have some time to really see this historic city soon.
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On the way we saw this cool trailer that I'm sure someone will appreciate

A Silver Streak. Quite a few of them sold in West Texas, and quite a few good ones extant.
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