Palo Duro, Caprock, and on

Hops and I had a lovely time in Palo Duro Canyon. It was stunning.

at the top of the canyon

We hiked the CCC trail, from the bottom of the canyon to the top (~700 feet) and back down again.

are you sick of this view yet? I’m not
partway up the CCC trail

And got harassed by the most aggressive roadrunner I have ever known in my life. Admittedly, it got one of Hops’s kibbles before I understood what was up; then it was so insistent on more that it nearly got into the van with us. I started out excitedly taking pictures, and pretty soon was trying to shoo it away. First the mule deer, and now this. Who knew we’d be collecting wild animals friends!

our very pushy camp roadrunner

And then off for my mountain bike ride: I rode Rojo Grande, Paseo del Rio, Givens, Spicer, Lowry (GSL), Lighthouse, Juniper/Cliffside, Juniper/Riverside, and Sunflower. It was stunning.

the sign says “Buena Vista”
if Dr. Seuss built mountain bike trails
Givens, Spicer, Lowry trail

After two nights in Palo Duro, we moved on to Caprock Canyons State Park and Trailway.

Texas State Bison Herd
vista in Caprock Canyons

But, that second night in Palo Duro, Hops’s water bowl froze solid overnight, inside the van. So we pushed on for the DFW metroplex, where my mother was waiting with a short-term rental for us. Warm.

sunset rearview, eastbound

I’ll be in this area for a week at least, doing laundry and visiting with some old friends – and my mom – and running errands. We may get a little less picturesque. But it’ll be a nice break. And there’s so much road ahead!

in the panhandle

Leaving Monahans, we headed north to see the Cadillac Ranch just outside Amarillo.

I’m glad we saw this, but also this article gets it right: the place is disappointingly overrun with litter. I wish I’d had a full-size garbage bag with me.

We got into Palo Duro Canyon State Park with just enough time to park before dark, but woke up to beautiful views.

And now we’re parked in a sunny spot while I work on the computer and we wait for the warmest part of the day to hike and mountain bike… the trails look primo and the views are outstanding, but I confess I’m ready to be out of the cold, too. In the next days I want to take the time to appreciate this park and Caprock Canyons, but I’m also looking forward to meeting up with my mother and some old friends in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and spending some time indoors.