This is the beginning of my long awaited southwestern trip that should take me through a minimum of six states and quite a variety of landscapes and vistas. I deliberately selected Amarillo to be my first stop because I recently discovered Palo Duro State Park which is located just 25 miles south.
I got up early on day two to be one of the first at the entrance gate. I wanted to see as much as possible in the few hours that were allotted before I had to continue my journey. The ranger spotted my bike and asked if I was planning on doing some mountain biking, yes I said and quickly added a request for the least challenging trail in the park. I was told that would be Lighthouse trail and how to get there. Jazzed for a good ride on a glorious day I hurried along to find the parking lot. Along the way I was mesmerized by the canyons, red rocks and abundance of trees and other greenery. This is a pretty well-kept secret...a beautiful canyon on par with the the Grand Canyon but on a much smaller scale and I had to do quite a bit of research before stumbling upon it. I think I will be back in the not too distant future it is just too beautiful to see only once.