Thursday, October 22, 2015

Wheels, Wheels, Wheels and More Wheels.

Amarillo, Texas
Amarillo Ranch RV Resort

The weather forecast was for heavy rain and flash flooding yesterday.  The rains came during the night in full force.  

There is so much to see and do here, that we knew we wouldn't be able to see it all.  

Our first stop was the Cadillac Ranch.  We've seen it before when traveling through on I 40 but this time we stopped.  Remember we've had flash flood warnings and heavy rains a few hours before.  

The Cadillac cars were out in a field alongside the frontage road.  We saw some foreigners parked in front of us.  They were trying to remove their shoes which were completely covered in mud.  Another lady told me that it was slicker than ice and don't attempt to walk out there.  Since we forgot to bring out spray paint, I decided to get my pictures from the road.
According to the Amarillo visitor guide "Cadillac Ranch was one of the world's first roadside sculptures.  It features 10 Cadillacs buried nose down in a field.  Personal creativity is encouraged so bring your own paint."  

There were two pairs of flip flops that someone had placed on the fence post, but I still wasn't going to try all that mud.  The water was moving pretty fast.

Our next stop was in the town of Canyon.  We did have some trouble finding a parking space on the campus of Texas A & M.  We were a couple of blocks away but the sun was shining so no problem.  The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum was a much larger than I thought.  This is the state's largest history museum and it was well done.

  The first thing I saw was this .38 caliber Model 1911 Colt.  I showed Bill why this was of special interest to him.  

I have to say that I didn't take any of these photos.  I went to format my memory card and you can guess what happened to my photos.  

One thing that was very interesting was how a Native American skinned a bison.  There was a video that was very explicit on how they removed the stomach and other intestines and explained their uses.  They put every part of the Buffalo to use.    
 This display showed you how to decipher a brand.
There was a large display of antique cars.
The bicycle collection had some very early models. This one had a motor.  
We took the elevator to the second floor which was supposed to have the firearm and petroleum exhibits.  It was all closed off for remodeling.  

When we were about to leave on the first floor, we found a staircase at the end of the automobile exhibit.  We decided to see where it went.  
Guess what we found?  
They were displayed like the Hastings museum.  Drawers below the exhibits held more firearms.  

Bill liked this cartoon.
This was a 22 1/2 foot windmill.
It was a great museum but we were glad we wore sweatshirts inside as it was very cool.

Palo Duro Canyon was nearby but with all the water sitting around and the flash flood warnings, we decided to see something else.

It's been awhile since we visited the RV Hall of Fame in Elkhart, but I must say the Jack Sisemore RV Museum was on the same level.  
We didn't know what to expect since it was free.  
We were told when we left to be sure and sign the guest book and place a pin on the map where we are from.
You were allowed to walk inside all of the exhibits.
There were motorcycles stacked on top of one another and hanging from the walls.  

I thought of Susie and Denny Orr when I saw this one.  I'm sure their's looks a lot better.
This 1948 Flxible was used in the movie RV which starred Robin Williams.  
It's much more than a RV Museum.  How about a motor home with a serial number 1.  All RVers need to take the time and visit this free museum.  

We walked back into the parts department and found a few items to purchase just to support the company.  

I had plans to visit the Texas Pharmacy Museum because Misty works at one but it was getting late and we were exhausted.  

We still have a lot of interesting places to see but I'm sure this will be a place we will return.  

We're headed to Lubbock tomorrow.  Hopefully, we'll be having dinner with friends we haven't seen in a while.

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