Day 34 – Canon City, CO to Amarillo, TX

It is so nice to be back in Texas! I kid you not, the temperature on the car’s onboard thermometer went up two degrees as soon as we crossed into Texas. It was 89 degrees just over the NM line, jumped to 91 as we crossed into Texas and was 98 by the time we got to Amarillo :-). Of course it was mid afternoon, too.

The Sangre de Cristo mountains provide a magnificent view on your right heading south from Pueblo, CO. We decided last night to head south from Pueblo through the NE corner of NM hoping the fires would be out. There were no fires burning but as soon as we crossed over into NM, we saw evidence of fires. In fact, NM’s Land of Enchantment welcoming sign was framed by charred hill side.

An interesting sight along Highway 87 near Capulin, NM was the Capulin Volcano National Monument. The cone sits by itself out on a plain.

We stopped in Clayton, NM at the Eklund Hotel for lunch. The Eklund is an old hotel in the middle of a small old town just before you cross into Texas. It was nothing like we expected as we walked in. The hotel is a step back into time. It has been carefully preserved and remodeled. The place is beautiful! The food in the restaurant was very good as well. The hotel has all this old period furniture in the lobby, a great old saloon, and this wonderful restaurant. It was built in 1892 but carefully remodeled in 1975 and again in 2004. There are 26 rooms, each with a bath, an elevator, and Wi-fi is available throughout the building. This is a gem where you would least expect it. I asked if they had a web page and was told one is being built.

We saw about 6 prong horn antelopes and a couple of rabbits today on the critter watch.

We came across another big wind turbine farm just outside of Amarillo. They sure are something to see.

When we went out to eat we drove into a dust storm. Yep it’s good to be back in Texas!

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3 Responses to Day 34 – Canon City, CO to Amarillo, TX

  1. Pam says:

    A big welcome back to Texas!! Can’t wait to hear & see all about it. That Eklund Hotel is really great – will have to put on my list of places to go some day.

  2. Dale says:

    Welcome back. I thought about your trip today when I saw a bumper sticker that said “I survived the Alaskan Highway”.

  3. Doyle says:

    Paul,
    Kathy and I got back to Texas on Sunday and I finally had time yesterday and today to read the blog up until June 30. Since you are back in Texas, I was hoping that we could have lunch or something on your trip back to Alabama. I have tried to call your phone, but there is no answer and it did not allow me to leave a message this evening. Give me a call when you can. I have enjoyed the pics, the scenery, and the critters. What a great trip! Hope to see you soon. DV

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