Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Palo Duro Canyon State Park, Canyon, Texas

Our first official destination was Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the panhandle of Texas. We’ve heard great things about the second largest canyon in the US (the first being the Grand Canyon, of course), so we decided to hang here for a few days and enjoy some hiking.

Nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of Texas,” Palo Duro Canyon is 120 miles long and 800 feet deep. There are horse trails, hiking trails, bike trails, as well as the famous musical Texas performed in the summer months at the amphitheatre. We arrived on a very hot day – in fact, we had to turn on the air conditioning – however a cold front came-in during the night – the temperatures dropped 30-40 degrees and the wind started howling. Since the one big hike we wanted to do (Lighthouse Trail) was in the open and the wind was whipping, and the temperatures were planned to keep dropping over the next few days with more wind and potential frost, we decided to reduce our planned four-day stay to a two-day stay and get back on the road a bit earlier than planned. We did drive around on Day 1 and took some cool photos, and although disappointed we weren’t able to hike, after five months workamping and living 10’ from our neighbor, to sleep in the quiet, wake to see the red canyon walls and green trees, and take it easy for a while, it was still a lovely time. 

And here's just a cool picture of a flower outside the Visitor's Center. :-)
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