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On the Road Again!

We left Apache Junction, Arizona on Saturday after a winter season in the warm desert sun.  We are now on our way west to Atlanta to visit family and spend some quality time with our granddaughter.

We will miss the vistas of Arizona, but it is time to move on.  Usually after a few months in one place, we get a bit antsy and need to change things up a bit.  While my job in Apache Junction was enjoyable for the most part, we met a whole lot of wonderful people and the resort was very nice, it was time for the job to end.

So here we are on the road again heading for our new adventure!

The demands of so many web-based jobs made it difficult for me to find the time to update The Traveling Sitcom.  I will do my best in the near future to remedy that.  In fact, I’m planning a post on the top 10 things to do in Apache Junction.  Look for it soon!

In the meantime, we are traveling east, taking back roads and checking out some of the sights.

We made our way through Springerville, AZ, at 7500 feet above sea level in the high plains.  This area is fascinating to me because we are above tree line and the wind is a constant.  And there is nothing for miles and miles!

Ralph and Faith supervising the sandwich making during one of our breaks…

This is Socorro, NM. This is the Large Array of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. Here they listen to outer space. It was placed here due to the fact that there are no nearby towns and the area is surrounded by mountains to keep sounds at bay.

The movie “Contact” was filmed here.

Really, you never know what you are going to come across when you take the back roads!

These are the high deserts just south of Albuquerque. For those of you that might have watched “Breaking Bad”, parts of the show were filmed here.

So..leaving NM and heading into Texas.

New Mexico: So sorry to see you leave! Hope you come again soon! We will have a hot beverage and a plate of nachos waiting on you. Take care and be careful on your travels. We will miss you!

Texas: Yeah, hi.

And there were turbines! Miles and miles of turbines! Texas produces the most wind power of any other state. Farmers allow wind farms on their lands to create a second stream of income.

If you look closely in the photo, you can see cows meandering around the turbines.

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A stop in Amarillo at Cadillac Ranch.  You will see it just off I40 west of Amarillo.  It is a public art installation and sculpture created in 1974 by Chip Lord, Hudson Marquez and Doug Michels, who were a part of the art group Ant Farm. It consists of what were (when originally installed during 1974) either older running used or junk Cadillac automobiles, representing a number of evolutions of the car line.

Writing graffiti on or spray-painting the vehicles is now encouraged, and the vehicles, which have long since lost their original colors, are wildly decorated.

And of course a stop at the Big Texan. Known for it’s 72 oz. steak that is absolutely free if you can eat it and a bunch of sides within an hour.

Believe it or not. This is not the 72 oz steak! We had enough left over for several meals.

Totally bigger than my head.

We have now made it to Oklahoma City where we will spend a few nights and visit our oldest daughter.  She loves to show us around, so stay tuned to some great sights in the Oklahoma City area!

Oh, and our current RV site even comes with our own personal tornado shelter.  We feel pretty darn secure.  That’s for sure.  LOL!

 

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Amarillo by Morning…

On our way west towards Williams, AZ, for our new summer job, we made a couple pit stops along the way.  One of the more impressive ones was Amarillo, Texas.

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Traveling along Interstate 40, once you get on the west side of Oklahoma City, the land flattens out where you can see for miles and miles.

The winds were strong.  Dave said it felt like he was driving a sail boat.  We were getting gusts of 15 to 25 mile an hour winds which seemed to be from the south, rocking the RV as we tried to make our way west.

Car sickness may or may not have ensued…

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We had a scheduled stop in Amarillo and were very glad to get off the highway after about a 5 hour drive from Oklahoma City.

So why Amarillo?

So much to see and do here!  Unfortunately, we only had one day to take it all in, so we chose a couple places that intrigued us.  But keep in mind if you are ever in Amarillo, there are canyons, museums, botanical gardens, and even a huge livestock auction where you can hang out with real cowboys and get a glimpse of the cattle industry that is so huge in this area of the country.

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We stayed at the Amarillo KOA and pretty much had the park to ourselves.  I loved the wide open spaces!

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These little guys greeted us at the campground store entrance.  Amarillo must be home of the mariachi bands!

Or maybe the home of colorful metal musicians…

Cadillac Ranch

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Once settled, our first order of business was to go out and visit Cadillac Ranch.  Unfortunately, we had an issue with the tow cables on the car and had to replace them first, which entailed a trip to Home Depot.

Cadillac Ranch is located about 5 miles west of city of Amarillo.  With our late start, we got there just as the sun was setting.

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Cadillac Ranch is actually a public art installation.  It was created in 1974 by an art group called Ant Farm.  The installation consists of Cadillacs, representing the car line from 1949 to 1963.  Each of the cars is half-buried nose first into the ground at an angle that is supposed to correspond with the angle of the Great Pyramid.

Note the graffiti.

You see when the art work was originally opened up to the public back in the 70’s, there was an issue of folks breaking off souvenirs and painting graffiti onto the cars.

After fighting it for a bit, the artists decided to allow others to add their own personal touch to this piece of art.

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Visiting Cadillac Ranch  and adding graffiti to the cars is now encouraged.  In fact, while we where there, at least 20 other people were there with spray paint adding a bit of themselves to this piece of art.

Bring a spray paint can and paint what you want!  Just be aware that it probably will be painted over in no time.  Cadillac Ranch is an incredibly popular destination for those that are passing through.

So how about a famous Amarillo eatery?

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