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Re: Traveling

Unread post by neoplacebo » Fri Apr 12, 2019 7:51 pm

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Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:15 pm
Well, we finally got a good day in Texas. Weather is tolerable - upper 50's - except the wind.blows.all.the.frickin'. time. Snow tomorrow. :angry-banghead: But we went to Palo Duro Canyon, which I'd solidly recommend to anyone coming anywhere around the Texas Panhandle. Second largest canyon in the US after the Grand, and it's a lot easier to explore. HIke, bike, or just drive through, it's spectacular. https://tpwd.texas.gov/state-parks/palo-duro-canyon
Cool, but stand back, don't jump and if you see potential jumpers don't let on; they don't like to be recognized. As far as I know, no one has died at this place unless they're suppressing the evidence. I've never heard of it but glad to know you came upon it and give it the reverence it apparently merits. Just stand back, and stop smocking that dope. ok

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Re: Traveling

Unread post by O Really » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:16 pm

More than you might think, but overall not too many get killed. Several have died on the 7 mile round trip hike to the "Lighthouse", mostly from heat exhaustion or dehydration. Like this one.. https://www.amarillo.com/article/201107 ... /307299800 or this one.. http://www.newschannel10.com/story/3238 ... ro-canyon/

And then there's "Alabama Woman"... On a warm night last July, state park employees were rushing to evacuate audience members from Palo Duro Canyon’s amphitheater, which sits between sunset-brushed rocks in Texas’ panhandle. There had been an explosion.

As black smoke clouds clogged the air above the theater, at least 15 employees used 5-gallon water jugs to put out the flames as they rose out of two containers holding fireworks for a musical about settlers in the Texas Panhandle.

When the flames finally ceased, the body of Peyton Trueblood, a 21-year-old woman from Alabama, remained.

In the year since her death, Trueblood’s family filed a lawsuit against employees of the “Texas” musical the 21-year-old was working for, the Amarillo Globe-news reported in September. Clayton and Lisa Trueblood, Peyton’s parents, sued Kris Miller, executive direction and production manager of the musical, and pyrotechnic technicians Blaine Bertrand, Rick Bertram, and Dennis Rice for negligence, the newspaper reported.

But it does not seem to be a popular place to jump.

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Re: Traveling

Unread post by Vrede too » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:24 pm

O Really wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:16 pm
... And then there's "Alabama Woman"... On a warm night last July, state park employees were rushing to evacuate audience members from Palo Duro Canyon’s amphitheater, which sits between sunset-brushed rocks in Texas’ panhandle. There had been an explosion.

As black smoke clouds clogged the air above the theater, at least 15 employees used 5-gallon water jugs to put out the flames as they rose out of two containers holding fireworks for a musical about settlers in the Texas Panhandle.

When the flames finally ceased, the body of Peyton Trueblood, a 21-year-old woman from Alabama, remained.

In the year since her death, Trueblood’s family filed a lawsuit against employees of the “Texas” musical the 21-year-old was working for, the Amarillo Globe-news reported in September. Clayton and Lisa Trueblood, Peyton’s parents, sued Kris Miller, executive direction and production manager of the musical, and pyrotechnic technicians Blaine Bertrand, Rick Bertram, and Dennis Rice for negligence, the newspaper reported....
Cool, I never knew that settlers in the Texas Panhandle had fireworks.

I wonder if Alabama Woman was smoking a cig.
It really is time to stop being nice about stupidity.

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Re: Traveling

Unread post by O Really » Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:48 pm

I don't know about the settlers, but Lady O did her best to start some today by taking an innocent museum docent to task because one of the displays unfortunately referred to the US Army engaging the "hostiles" in Palo Duro during the "Battle of Palo Duro Canyon" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of ... uro_Canyon.

The poor docent was reminded in no uncertain terms as to who were the "hostiles" and who had lived here first. And further, the attack and massacre at Palo Duro should be reported, but reported as a matter of shame, not pride. :clap:

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Re: Traveling

Unread post by Vrede too » Tue Apr 16, 2019 12:25 pm

O Really wrote:
Fri Apr 12, 2019 6:15 pm
Well, we finally got a good day in Texas. Weather is tolerable - upper 50's - except the wind.blows.all.the.frickin'. time. Snow tomorrow. :angry-banghead: ...
Wild weather. Have you and Lady O been practicing your best toothless drawls for the TV interviews in case a twister hits near your RV park? ;) Remember, "It sounded like a train," even though it really didn't.
It really is time to stop being nice about stupidity.

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Re: Traveling

Unread post by O Really » Tue Apr 16, 2019 8:50 pm

We escaped Texas unscathed, drove along what used to be Historic Route 66 from Amarillo to Albuquerque, including the now ghostly town of Glenrio, on the TX/NM border, which was featured in the 1940 version of "Grapes of Wrath." Albuquerque has been good, with a fun ride on the Sandia Peak Tramway http://sandiapeak.com/ and a good day of hiking/bouldering at Petroglyph National Monument https://www.nps.gov/petr/index.htm

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