Wow. It’s August 1st and this is the first time I’ve posted in over 2 weeks. In that time I’ve made a conscious effort to focus more on myself – especially in terms of my physical and mental health. It’s a work in progress of course, but so far I feel positively about the changes I’ve made and I look forward to feeling “normal” (or, at least, my normal…whatever that means) again soon. I want to sincerely thank every one of you who reached out to me since my last post. It’s crazy to think, but truly, some of my VERY best friendships were born thanks to this blog.
Well, now that I’ve gotten that out of the way….back to travel posts….YAAAAAY!
Over the next 2 weeks I’ll be sharing all the wonderful things I experienced on the awesome road trip I took to Palo Duro Canyon with Jackson and my Mom. Initially, we had planned to see at least 10 Texas State Parks on that trip, but apparently the weather had other ideas. It rained quite a bit during our visit, which meant many of the outdoor activities we had in mind were suddenly off limits.
One thing that I was determined to visit no matter what was The Cadillac Ranch in Amarillo. There is something about one Cadillac after another buried nose first into the ground that just begs to be seen. Not only that, but the cars are ever changing, since the public can paint the cars in whatever way they choose.
We arrived at the Cadillac Ranch just a few days after Stanley Marsh, the millionaire patron behind this public art installment, had passed away. It seemed that many, many people had come to pay their respects to him in the days following his death by covering the cars in new paint…as evidenced by hundreds of empty spray cans that littered the ground.
It had rained over 2 inches that morning…and the field where the cars were located was super muddy. To get close to the cars tourists had to carefully wobble and wade through muddy patches. The dirt in the field was actually more clay-like and the further you walked…the more it would stick to your shoes.
At a certain point I just decided to remove my shoes and continue walking. The experience of standing in squishy, ankle deep mud to get the photos you see in this post was downright incredible…and not something I’ll soon forget.
For me, it’s these moments that make travel so worth it. The weather wasn’t great and our plans may have changed…but in the end my visit to the Cadillac Ranch was one of the best parts of the trip.
If you are into quirky tourist spots or art installations, The Cadillac Ranch is a must see for you.
The Cadillac Ranch is located in Amarill0, Texas along I-40 just west of the Amarillo city line. Take exit 60. Drive south to the frontage road (old Route 66), then turn left. Drive east one mile. Cadillac Ranch will be on the right (south) side; just park your car along the shoulder and enter the pasture through an unlocked gate.
I’ll be sharing more on our #LLFAcrossTexas road trip really soon, so check back often!