Palo Duro Pictures & More!

As promised, here are a few pictures from our little jaunt out to Palo Duro Canyon State Park in the panhandle with Kristi and Eric. We took the day off Friday and left DFW at around 6:30 in the morning. With the exception of a short pit stop in Wichita Falls, we made it all the way to the small town of Canyon, TX that’s just a few miles from the park. After a delectable Pizza Hut buffet and some admiring of West Texas A&M’s basketball arena (maybe they invited Coach Knight up from Lubbock to throw a chair at the ribbon for the grand opening) we headed on in to the park.

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Our campsite: coupla tents, coupla mountain bikes…quite standard really.

Laura on the first hiking trail of the trip.

A big sky on Juniper Trail

A great lookout in to the canyon from the Triassic Trail on Saturday. We went on a guided tour and learned some pretty interesting things about the park and had a nice morning hike. The best thing about this hike is that we were about five minutes late for the tour and so we were running to catch up. Somehow we took a wrong turn and ended up literally on the face of the cliff climbing up a very steep, very narrow, very overgrown path to get back up to the mesa. When we did arrive back at the top, we had to laugh at ourselves when we discovered that there was a nice little path running very near to the parking lot where we’d just left the car. What’s life without a little adventure?!

Ok, now I’m going to try something new that will be extremely cool if it works. For those of you with Google Earth, download this KML file to your desktop. Double-click it and it should launch Google Earth and take you to a placemark I created that is pointing right at our campsite! (you have to scroll down to the link that says “Click Here to Download”…right click and Save As…I’ll try to find a more convenient file host for future attempts) Hope it works and we hope you’re all well!

5 thoughts on “Palo Duro Pictures & More!”

  1. I got one better…..MY idea of roughing it was camping in a trailer and taking the 13″ black and white TV. That was growing up.
    Wow….the views are wonderful. We kept planning on going up there when we lived in Lubbock, but with 3 kids we never really made it. :(
    Glad you had a great time.
    Boy, how do I get a job like yours,B that you can take off so often? 😉
    Love ya

  2. Yeah, the views were incredible!! And as much as I’d like to say we roughed it, we still very much had some conveniences with us (propane stove, flashlights…not to mention a car). You just gotta unplug every now and then…I should unplug more than I do to be honest.

    As far as taking off so often, I think the “not having kids” thing has more to do with it than anything! :)

  3. Daddy made that exact comment the other night about not having kids makes it easy to up & go. Enjoy the time you have w/out kids tho because after you have them, you can’t imagine not having them & wouldn’t trade any camping trip for them. Then they grow up and go away and then it is just you two again. Full circle…

  4. Spectacular views! What an awesome adventure!…except for the sleeping on the ground part…Am so glad you were all able to take off the time when it wasn’t so crowded. Thanks for getting these photos and tales up on the blog Brian.

    And what a great way to spend your 27th! birthday Laurita! How is it possible that my angel baby is beginning her 28th year?????? How blessed I have been for all those years – and the delights and joys just keep on coming! Looking forward to shared times ahead and hope you have more camping experiences ahead this year.

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