Sunday, October 10, 2010
SEGMENT 7--Amarillo by Morning
YEEHAW TEXAS! So many songs, so many movies, TV shows, and oh yes COWBOYS!
This is the land of big blue sky, big food, and bigger hair. Amarillo is flat. There are no mountains around and there is tons of sky. Today there was not a cloud in the sky, blue everywhere. and the ladies dress up as if going out for the evening just to go to the grocery store. Hair, make-up, jewelry. Funny.
I almost missed this is the American Icon "Cadillac Ranch" as we were barreling along Highway 40. An ever changing viewer/participant art piece of 10 Cadillacs planted nose down in an Amarillo cow pasture. The viewers/participants are encouraged to spray paint the cars with graffiti to create an ever-changing look the the art installation. You can find more fun facts and information about this and other roadside oddities at www.roadsideamerica.com
Another Route 66 must-see is The Big Texan Steak Ranch. Home of the free 72oz steak. Featured on Travel Channel's Man vs. Food, you are challenged to eat this monstrous 4 1/2 pound steak and all the fixings in under an hour and it's free. Grandpa and I tried, but couldn't finish the whole thing in the allotted time, but they gave us a souvenir menu and place mat for our efforts.
Grandpas Joke Corner:
Charlie was driving down Highway 40 near Amarillo, TX when he came across a pig in the median. He felt like the pig was in harms way and needed rescue. Just as he pulled over, along came a Texas State Patrol Man and Charlie asked him what he should do with the pig.
"Well, you could take him to the zoo." the patrol man said.
The next day the patrolman saw Charlie at a Route 66 diner and asked, "So, how did it go at the zoo?"
Charlie said, "Oh, we had a great tie at the zoo. Tomorrow we are going to Disneyland."