“Excuse me, have you seen any toys?”

Trip Start Sep 16, 2011
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Trip End Nov 20, 2011


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Wednesday, October 5, 2011

The day gets off to a most brilliant start with waffles in the shape of Texas. That is truly the breakfast of champions.

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 Texas. (Who would have thought?) Their big promotion was also a little off putting for lettuce lovers.  If you can eat a 72 oz steak (4.5 lbs)  in under an hour, you get it for free.  They have a list of everyone who has been successful since 1968. , You also have to eat a Shrimp Cocktail, Baked Potato, Salad, and a Roll.  Ha!  If you go to this link http://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.  Noah gets the keys to our cabin and we are informed that the toilet is not working in it.  We knew the shower was not working, but as you know, personal hygiene is not our number priority at the moment, so we were okay with that.  But the toilet on the other hand, we are big fans of the toilet.  So we go have a look at the cabin, and I try not to think about there not being a toilet,  and therefore be immediately busting.  The cabin is charming, the view is out of this world BUT there is a massive sign of toilet and shower door saying there has been a sewage problem.  I am almost sick on the spot.  I might be a soap dodger but knowing there is sewage nearby – no thank you – you can keep you sewage to yourself.  We feel sad, that we missed out on the cabin experience, but excited by the prospect  that we will not have to use Elwood’s travel potty.

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.  No really, Noah and I  were both so relieved that he didn’t ask if they knew where he could watch TV.  That would have been worse, I think...

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.
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