Google actually got me there without a detour through I've lived in Texas half my life and never managed to do two BIG touristy things. Well, now I've scratched them off my Texas bucket list. I was roaming through Texas, on my way back to Galveston and found Amarillo to be a good stopping point. I dropped the RV- Gypsy Dreamer off at a campground and headed out to find the Cadillac Ranch.
Google actually got me there without the usual insanity, dirt roads, closed intersections, jaunts through Mexico. It's right along Route 66, don't forget to get some cheap spray paint at Walmart. You can leave your mark, which won't last long. The surreal planting of Cadillac's that would have been destined for the junkyard is teeming with folks just itching to get their inner graffiti artist on.
A group of 3 art lovers known as the Ant Farm created the icon in 1974 and it has recently been relocated a little further from the encroaching city.
There was an artist selling whatknots and whosits made from layers of paint that has flaked off over the years. Yep, bought a keychain. Backpats for supporting other crazy artists. I did not bring paint, too conceited to let people cover my work or was it just that I forgot to get some and the art guy was asking an arm and a leg for his cans. So don't forget yours,
I topped it off with my first ever steak stop at the Big Texan Steak Ranch, They also have an RV Park near the Cadillac Ranch with their own Caddy's- if I had only know I would have stayed there. The steak was superb and the Pecan Porter was insanely delish!!!
Boondocking accidentally- Awesome. I have a fly by the seat of the pants approach and after a failed attempt to stop at a winery near Jackson, Wyoming I found this jewel along the river. Yep, the sign that said 10% grade nearly gave me an embolism and I turned around, giving up on the Harvest Host Winery.
Happy accidents though, this spot was so beautiful and peaceful. The weather was perfect and the sound of the river to sleep by doesn't suck.
Don't sweat the small stuff and micromanage your trips, enjoy the blessings. There is no harm in just taking off and not even planning sometimes. With a rig as big as mine I really prefer to boondock 2/3 of my trips. I save my RV resorts stops for pool time and hot tubs!
Yellostone.... just spectacular and BIG.
Spent time just driving in the truck and when I left I went through with the RV from the East entrance to Jackson. Of course I didn't even try to stay in the park with this monster. The drive through the northern parts nearly gave my BFF Lois a heart attack about every 50 feet. We saw lots of suicidal idiots approaching big dangerous stuff with horns and of course some headlines were made while we were there. I am amazed at the stupidity. I work with huge animals and respect them, they can hurt you and they were raised in captivity. People approach a 2000 lb. beast with horns like its a poodle. DUH! Stoopid hurts.
Bet you haven't seen one of these in a while. We ran across this antique at an RV park near Denver, Co. There's something a little ironic about using our cell phones while inside this one. Gone are the good ole days of being incommunicado. Does anyone else have memories of grandmother making sure you had a dime for the phone?
How about seeing how many BFF's you could fit in one? We just had the two so actually not that hard. If you grew up with these you knew true freedom. Kids these days have no clue. We were untouchable. Teens now can be tracked instantly, how on earth do they still manage to get in so much trouble? If your family had one car and you were the lucky one to get off with it they just had to wait til you got back. No calling on a cell and instant messaging. Yep, these dinosaurs are a blast from the past for sure.
Where I grew up we even had a party line... in other words we shared a phone with all the houses on the block. Oh, the horror. Today every 9 year old has a thousand dollar I Phone. So much for progress. Even though we are more easily connected than ever we are far more distant. Just saying!
Rockstar CBoondocking at Walmart in Cody, Wyoming! Gunfights nightly in the street, count me in! We had a great time there and of course had to take in the gunfight. I kept mine put away but I did get in a verbal pissing match with "Wyatt" about whose was bigger. Can't take me anywhere, I'm related to my Dad. This town is fun and full of cool shops, great places to eat and imbibe. My friends own the Cody Dug Up Gun Museum- definitely a great stop. Insane sunset at the mundane spot turned Walmart into a vision...Wish we could have stayed longer. There is a cool old town area, many museums, and we did spend some time at the tire place... it's an RV thing- you wouldn't understand. This gateway to Yellowstone is fun, funky, and a must see. Oh, and when I win the lottery there is a place for custom made boots that are sic!
Rockstar Cowgirl & Tres Outlaws Boots
You can enjoy the hot springs for free but a 10 minute limit at the state park. There is a great trail and go check out the bison already.Hot Springs for a cool day! If you drive through Thermopolis you can't help but stop at the official park and hot spring. If you stay the night in an RV don't miss The Fountain of Youth RV park. We stayed a day and the springs took a couple of years off I swear. The pool there is gigantic and ranges from hot to WTFarenheight! It is so big you will definitely find your happy place. I actually saw bison in the park this time around. I didn't imbibe in the dinosaur museum but I'm sure it's great. Did enjoy some craft beer downtown though. Priorities.