Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Palo Duro Canyon State Park | Texas

Palo Duro Canyon has been compared to the Grand Canyon by some people.  The big difference is that you're down among the rock formations, instead of standing on the rim.  There isn't really a rim. 

The spire in the photo above is at the very end of the formation in the first photo, but it doesn't show on the first photo because it's so massive.
Unfortunately, it was mostly very overcast the day I went, so the photos don't seem to be as striking as they usually are.  Light quality does make a difference!

Toward the late afternoon, the sunny skies appeared, finally.
The Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) was here in the 1930s and helped build the roads through the park.  This chimney is a remnant of the village where the workers lived.
In the visitor center, a room is set aside for exhibits on the CCC, this jukebox got my attention!

Since this is Texas, they do things in a big way.  These flood gauges were all through the park.  It must have rained quite a bit the previous day, because I had to drive through some wet spots in the road.  This area is all red rock and soil, so the standing water was all reddish.  Unfortunately, it got on the truck and caked on before I got a chance to hose it down.  It took me well over an hour to get all the mud of.  The wheel wells were the worst and I was a bit soggy when I finished.



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