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Palo Duro Quickie

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Offline RichardM

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Palo Duro Quickie
« on: June 17, 2009, 12:12:21 AM »
This past weekend my daughter and I flew up to Amarillo for my nephew's wedding. On Saturday a bunch of us headed down to Palo Duro Canyon for a brief visit. Jennifer's new best friend from the rehearsal dinner the night before had bragged about seeing a lizard in the park, so naturally we just had to go find one. Good thing she hadn't seen any black bears. :icon_rolleyes:

Here are a couple of stitched panos from the overlook above the visitor center:




View of the canyon floor from the overlook:


This local author was selling autographed books in the visitor center, supposedly written in the Louis L'amour style but with historical and local figures as characters.


Jennifer said she wanted to go for a hike, but as soon as she discovered there were lots of flying insects about she insisted on riding on my shoulders. Not a whole lot of scenery on the short trail we hiked on, but here's a shot of a couple of bees doing their work in some cactus flowers:

I get bonus points for that pic since I shot it with one hand while Jennifer was squirming around on my shoulders. :icon_wink:

While on a second short hike, we spotted a woodpecker:




...and his wife:


Jennifer in front of the Charles Goodnight dugout replica:


And finally, as were walking back to the car before heading back to Amarillo, Jennifer's lizard finally made an appearance:


Jennifer celebrated her find that evening by working on her dance moves at the wedding reception.
« Last Edit: June 18, 2009, 05:37:28 PM by RichardM »

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Re: Palo Duro Quickie
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2009, 12:45:44 AM »
Richard, great photos.  

Jennifer WAS the party!  She got all the gals going.

Otis Day and the Knights, fictitious band they were, made their version of Shout a classic.

Al

P.S.  What floor was that?  I didn't realize they had skyscrapers in Amarillo!
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Re: Palo Duro Quickie
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2009, 07:28:31 AM »
That's great, Richard! Glad you got to go there and I love the Woodpecker family shots!  :icon_biggrin: Now all you need to do is get Jennifer to actually walk herself, cause I know your back ain't havin none of that carrying stuff!  :eusa_hand:

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Re: Palo Duro Quickie
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2009, 07:33:09 AM »
Cool!  Thanks for posting!

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Re: Palo Duro Quickie
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2009, 08:13:56 AM »
Great pics, Richard! I love the one of the woodpecker looking out of the tree. That is a good sized lizard, too. Good for you for getting your daughter out there. Palo Duro is so beautiful!

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Re: Palo Duro Quickie
« Reply #5 on: June 17, 2009, 09:30:43 AM »
Great pics and dance videos  :icon_biggrin:   Also, thanks for the idea of using motionbox for sharing videos.  Didn't know about that one.

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Re: Palo Duro Quickie
« Reply #6 on: June 17, 2009, 11:11:24 AM »
Richard, great photos. 

Jennifer WAS the party! She got all the gals going.

Otis Day and the Knights, fictitious band they were, made their version of Shout a classic.

Al

P.S. What floor was that?  I didn't realize they had skyscrapers in Amarillo!
The reception was in the Amarillo Club, on the 31st floor of the Chase building. Great views from up there. Food was pretty good, too.

Great pics and dance videos :icon_biggrin: Also, thanks for the idea of using motionbox for sharing videos. Didn't know about that one.
I just happened to receive an email from Shutterfly announcing their partnership with Motionbox so I thought I'd try it out. Took forever to get the videos uploaded as the connection kept getting interrupted.

That's great, Richard! Glad you got to go there and I love the Woodpecker family shots! :icon_biggrin: Now all you need to do is get Jennifer to actually walk herself, cause I know your back ain't havin none of that carrying stuff! :eusa_hand:
You got that right! Good thing I happened to have a methylprednisolone prescription at home to knock down the inflammation. She would've walked on her own (at least until she got tired) had it not been for all the bees and bugs. And did I mention the deer flies? They were really going after my legs. At least they weren't drawing blood, otherwise Jennifer would've really freaked!

Great pics, Richard! I love the one of the woodpecker looking out of the tree. That is a good sized lizard, too. Good for you for getting your daughter out there. Palo Duro is so beautiful!
I was surprised when the female poked her head out. She hopped out a second or two later, but I didn't get a shot of her as she was obscured behind some branches. Her head was a light orange color, as opposed to her hubby's bright red cap. The lizard was a little over a foot long, so we got our money's worth. :icon_wink:

And just so Presidio will know not to go there, Palo Duro Canyon State Park now charges $5 a head for adults, $3 for seniors, with kids under 12 free.
« Last Edit: June 17, 2009, 11:13:13 AM by RichardM »

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Re: Palo Duro Quickie
« Reply #7 on: June 17, 2009, 12:00:51 PM »
State Parks Pass time

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Re: Palo Duro Quickie
« Reply #8 on: June 17, 2009, 02:40:03 PM »
The upload time to motionbox is about 12 mins for a 30 sec AVI file for me.  Pretty slow, but that's about average for a AT&T DSL connection.  Reliable, but not very fast on the upload side.

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Re: Palo Duro Quickie
« Reply #9 on: June 17, 2009, 06:31:56 PM »



Golden-fronted woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons


Breeding extent map attached

Moderator note: attached file lost during a file server move. :icon_redface:
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Re: Palo Duro Quickie
« Reply #10 on: June 17, 2009, 06:37:27 PM »
Golden-fronted woodpecker Melanerpes aurifrons
Ayup, that'd be the one. Thanks for the id.

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Re: Palo Duro Quickie
« Reply #11 on: June 18, 2009, 01:22:02 AM »
Sorry, boys....you're too late!


Here's what happens to the feet of five year old girls who spend a couple of hours dancing barefoot:


And since we've gotta have a food pic, here's the groom's cake (Justin is into mixed martial arts fighting):

 


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