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Thursday, May 16, 2019

Palo Duro Turkeys

Today's destination is Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Having left Horseshoe Bend just before 0800, we were driving through Amarillo by noon.
We pulled out at the Texas Information Center in Amarillo to make sandwiches. They have free water fills, clean restrooms, along with information on Texas. The advisor inside said self-contained RV's are welcome to spend the night in their parking lot. They want people to be well rested before traveling Texas highways.

Thirty miles down the road we found the entrance station at Palo Duro. The Civilian Conservation Corps constructed this, and many other structures in the park, from local stone.

After paying our admission ($8 each) and campsite fee ($24) we were treated to an overview of the canyon.

With 30 miles of hiking trails and more than 1500 acres set aside for horseback riding, it is an impressive state park.

Big windows let us enjoy the view while cooling off inside with a bowl of ice cream.
Unlike the Grand Canyon, Palo Duro is developed on the canyon floor. The road down is a little exciting, but once there driving is easy within the park.

Campsites without shade trees have covered picnic tables.

Walking around the campground we found the amphitheater where we exchanged cameras with another couple to capture some snapshots.

Flash flooding can happen here. This gauge shows how much water is covering the road.

Checking out a beautiful new group pavilion we met a turkey doing the same thing.

After admiring her reflection in the window, she walked up the path to the parking lot and disappeared in a field behind our van.

We are in site 27 in the Hackberry Campground. Sites are nicely spaced, have some shade trees, and give a nice view of the surrounding canyon. Bath houses and showers were clean.

Taking a walk around the campground loop, I found another Pleasure-Way and introduced myself to the owner. She's from Texas traveling solo in her Plateau TS.

Turkeys here don't have a fear of humans. Here are two of the three males that wandered all around the campground putting on feathered displays for any hen they could find.

A turkey was even showing off in our campsite! After our walk, the air conditioning felt really good. This is one of the few times we've actually plugged in.

After one last look outside, we turned in early so we will be ready to get up and get going tomorrow. The plan is to hike before it gets hot.

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