Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Amarillo #2 - y'all

Fred reminded me that I forgot to tell you about the best thing in Amarillo, a french bakery!!  Yes real croissants, pain au chocolat and bagettes!  Plus more of what you find in a french boulanger, all yummy!
We went the first time hoping it might be at least reasonable and found it wonderful.  The smells alone told us this was right.  We stocked up on breakfast treats for 3 mornings and enjoyed every crumb.
bye for now.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Amarillo - y'all!

Yes, they really do say that all the time here.  People are extremely polite and friendly, with a constant "thank you for coming" be it to the restaurant, the rv park or the state.  They always seem genuinely happy to see strangers.
So, what is Amarillo like? Windy, windy windy since it is the Panhandle and there is nothing to stop the wind, which can even be cold coming down from Canada.  It is also in "tornado alley".  It seems to be a young city, with lots of family activities.  There is a real mall here and 18 movie houses, though the town seems to be in the middle of nowhere.  It is all flat, open desert around us just open land to the horizon for  grazing cattle.  No trees or vegetation to see anywhere.

Actually, our first morning there, the tornado sirens went off, but nothing came our way thankfully! This particular day was very hot, high 90s with 40 mile hr constant winds and 55 mile hr gusts and dust blowing everywhere.  So what better thing to do than to go to Palo Duro Canyon and go down into the canyon to escape the wind and dust.  But, oh golly, it was hot down there - 98degrees.  Some nice camping there and beautiful vistas.   At the entrance to the canyon were some of the official state longhorns.

There was of course the connection of route 66 in Amarillo, which we did as a driving tour one afternoon.

We did of course stop in Amarillo so that we could go to the Big Texan Steakhouse.  We had free limo service from our campground site to the restaurant.  We actually went twice since we ended up spending 2 extra nights in Amarillo till we finally got our tire problems all worked out ( all is well now).

limo that we took from camp site to restaurant

They provide great entertainment with a shooting gallery and slot machines to amuse the folks as they wait for tables.  There are strolling musicians and of course, the piece de resistance the person sitting on stage attempting to eat the 72oz steak, the baked potato, 3 fried shrimp, a salad, a roll.  Both times that we saw this it seemed that the most they could eat was about 50 oz, no small feat.   We were there last night with 80 Danish lawyers who were in Amarillo for some training.  Seems odd, but so be it.....they were amazed to see someone trying to eat this incredible amount of food.  Tales they will tell when they go home!

This morning we left Amarillo and are now in Fort Worth/Dallas area. What a beautiful area, with lots of green grass and trees everywhere.  My imagination had Texas as a dry and brown state, which it is not.  It is so big that the areas are so different one from the other.  We will be here for 2 weeks.
Tomorrow we begin by going to the Fort Worth Stockyards historical district.  The longhorns get driven into town at 11:30.  Stay tuned for updates on this.