"I'm going to Amarillo. Want to meet me?"
And so, I took off to meet my sister in Amarillo. She lives several states away, so although I would have probably never chosen Amarillo as a place to spend a long weekend, I knew we'd have fun no matter where we were.
And we did have fun!
Cadillac Ranch was first on our must-see list. It could be a sad sight, if it wasn't so unique. Aerosol cans were discarded everywhere (even though there was a dumpster available). Beautiful Cadillacs were beaten, abused, and defaced. It had free, easy access off the highway, and was touted as an outlet where anyone can paint anything on an unusual canvas. I was amazed at the people that were coming to this famous site. They kept coming, and kept coming, staying as long as they wished, then moving on, a continuous circle of new painters, on-lookers, and picture takers.
Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum was next on our list. The largest museum in the state of Texas, it was a maze of information, beauty, and history. We spent several hours there, and we moved through the museum at a fast pace. A day - or two or three - would be needed to truly see most of this extensive museum.
I looked forward to hiking Palo Duro Canyon. Considered the Grand Canyon of Texas (but in reality no where near as grand), we found the scenery interesting, breathtaking, and beautiful. The hiking was nice after we found the correct trail (before we realized which way to go, we were practically hanging off a cliff).
But the highlight of our trip was TEXAS! Texas, the musical, is a play, a fireworks show, and an extravaganza put on in an amphitheater in Palo Duro Canyon. It is a drama based upon history, and I was surprised how emotionally attached I became to the characters. The play has fire, fountains, horses, flags, singing, dancing, and fireworks. It was a fabulous experience, and I would recommend seeing it if you ever go to Amarillo.
There is a Chuckwagon dinner option, which we did not take, but I wish we would have. When we arrived, the diners were doing the Chicken dance to a live band! I think they must have been treated not only to a fine dinner, but also to two hours of total fun.
Have you ever been to Amarillo? Did you see Texas the musical? Did you do the Chicken dance?