Trip Start Jul 22, 2008
14Trip End Aug 06, 2008
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The Elkin's Ranch is a working cattle ranch along the edge. After we got there, they took groups of us in open Jeeps about half way down the canyon to an outdoor pavilion. There they served us a large breakfast, then had entertainment. It was a cowboy playing guitar and singing. He was accompanied by a skinny old gold miner looking type guy. They sang funny western songs and told silly western themed jokes. After they drove us back up to the ranch, we headed on over to the Palo Duro State Park. It would have been very impressive to us, had we not just come from the Grand Canyon. In Palo Duro though, the park road drives along the rim, then right down through the middle of the canyon. It was interesting to see both from the top and bottom. We staying in the car, and enjoyed most of this park from the road
When Jose and the kids returned, Bethany came in to tell me that there were two Shetland Ponies and their two babies outside. They were so cute, and friendly.
They fixed us dinner at the dining hall. As we were getting our plates ready, Bethany said "there's a buffalo". Not only was there one buffalo, there were 8 adults and 2 babies!
They just wandered around the house for a while. It was amazing, and a bit scary to be that close to free roaming bison! Jose and the kids went for a short hike down to the creek. When they came back Christian told me that they came across a momma skunk and her four babies. They said that they got really close, until the momma raised her tail!
It's a good thing that they ran then. Could you imagine being closed up in a car for three days with three people who had been sprayed by skunks????? I'd have flown home by myself
The English folks came running over, scared, thinking it was real! We told them the truth, so that they could sleep. Then however, we proceeded to scare the kids by pointing out how far we were from anything...and that's exactly how most of horror movies start. We then got to sleep with the lights on for the rest of the night. Next morning we grabbed a quick breakfast so we could get on our way. BTW, bill for the night for house rental, dinner, breakfast and three horseback rides totaled $176. Can't beat that!
Now we're on our way home. I have no other tourist stops planned, just driving.
It seems long already. It took us all morning to get out of Texas, and we won't get out of Oklahoma until 7pm or so. We'll probably drive past dark, and go into Arkansas before we stop for the night. Not much to see so far. Continued our drive through Oklahoma and Arkansas. Went through Memphis after dark, and are now at a Holiday Inn in New Albany Mississippi along 78. I'm sure Jose will want to drive straight through tomorrow (he didn't want to stop tonight).