“Excuse me, have you seen any toys?”
Trip Start Sep 16, 2011
290Trip End Nov 20, 2011
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Back in the hotel room, we decide where we are staying tonight and the pros / cons of going to Sante Fe. (Turns out we could not find any cons so we are going to Sante Fe. Superb.)
We were planning to go to America's 2nd biggest canyon, Palo Duro Canyon State Park about half an hour outside of Amarillo today, so we find somewhere to sleep there, and after a quick dip in the pool and some popcorn popping we are on our way.
We are compelled to stop in at a steakhouse called the Big Texan on the way. It looked fun, like Cracker Barrel for cowboys, so we went along. In the end we did not stop, and just took photos, as it turns out, there is not a thing Noah could eat at a steakhouse in Texashttp://www.bigtexan.com/free72.html you can see live webcam of people eating their steaks. Go on, I know you want to! Anyway, we decided to walk away from that particular challenge...
Next stop, Walmart. We gets some bits for our Canyon adventure and then we are canyon-bound.
We have a brief pit stop at a liquor store called Fuzzy Butts(!?) and Noah dashes in to get me mini bottles of wine (I have to say, I am quite taken with these). Turns out, somewhere called Fuzzy Butts does not sell mini wines so Noah dashes out to ask me what he should get instead. He goes back in and the big bloke behind the counter and his mate are laughing (and stop when Noah walks back in). Co-incidence, I think not? So he gets me twist top wine (He pops out one more time to check I will drink it , it is 6 bucks.) I say yes, as I am passed being fussy. I will know in about 5 minutes if this is a good move or not! (By the way, it is called flip flop, so I am thinking it may not be great)
So we arrive at the Canyon, it is so much more beautiful than we could have imagined
So we spend the afternoon in the canyon, playing on swings, admiring the colour and have a little bit of a walk. We meet some serious walkers (I have learnt that on canyon paths, you are more likely to meet serious walkers than those out for a potter), and Elwood pretty much chased after them and said, "Excuse me, have you seen any toys?". They looked confused (which I think is not unreasonable) and held out their hands and motioned towards the canyon and said, “The toys are all around you”. A proud day for mum and dad
We head back to Amarillo for salad and macaroni cheese (fresh from the microwave) and Elwood falls asleep and Noah and I crack open the 'flip flop’ wine.
In budget news, we are $7.73 over budget. . But we can wash and use the toilet so we are still winners.
Hang on, Noah has just informed me the hotel was cheaper than I thought so we are $5 under budget. We rock. That flip flop wine just got a little sweeter.
Goodnight my friends.