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The Texas Panhandle

The Texas Panhandle

  • Author: Alison
  • Date Posted: Nov 11, 2020
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  • Address: Palo Duro Canyon State Park, TX

We are on the road again, with the theme being…flexibility! Our original plan was to spend this week in NM, visiting White Sands and Carlsbad Caverns, but when we rolled into Santa Fe for a one night stopover on the way we found out that there is a 14 day quarantine required for out of state visitors. So we did a quick regroup and decided to head straight to TX.

It’s been a pretty few days here on the rim of Palo Duro Canyon. We hiked in the canyon for two days and took a day trip to visit Lake Meredith National Recreation Area and the Alibates Flint Quarry National Monument. Tomorrow we roll to Midland to pick up our curbside grocery order before a week in Big Bend National Park. We are feeling good about our rolling quarantine machine and ability to avoid most humans! Hope you are all doing the same.


Palo Duro Canyon (translates literally to “Hard Stick”). Gorgeous hiking trails and pretty colors on the canyon walls.


Especially the “Spanish Skirts” formations.

Lake Meredith. It might have been prettier as a canyon before they dammed it up. Seems like it was probably a more active place when the water level was higher.

Flint at the Alibates Quarry. This very high quality flint was highly prized by Native Americans for making tools and arrowheads. It was traded across a 1,000 mile radius! We enjoyed a guided hike to the quarry with Ranger Eileen.

The flint was formed through a similar process as petrified wood – cells in organic matter being replaced by various minerals. Here that was sea creatures as opposed to trees, but the effect is quite similar. Lots of colors!

Off to Midland tomorrow!

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  1. Happy that you are secure and safe in your rolling quarantine machine. Thanks for sharing the outset of your new adventure.

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