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YEAR #3 - STOP #17

When nearing the end of our travels today we started seeing billboards along the road advertising Sod Poodles? Not knowing what a sod poodle was of course we had to Google it. Turns out it is a 100-year old nickname for a prairie dog. This region of Texas is overrun with the furry little creatures.

When the Texas League Double-A baseball team moved from San Antonio to Amarillo in 2019 they changed their name from the Mission's to the Sod Poodles. In their first season at the new location they got off to a very rough start, still they were averaging 7,500 fans in attendance at each game, not too bad for Double A baseball.

Even with the rough start they made it into the playoffs and after a few very close match-ups were able to come away with a Texas League Championship in their inaugural season.

So in short a sod poodle is a prairie dog, but it Amarillo Texas, it's their beloved championship baseball team. If you're a local fan they're affectionately known as the Soddies.

On another topic, we set another new record for gasoline prices. While traveling through the town of Childress today we saw gas for $1.25 a gallon. While we still had nearly three quarters of a tank I just had to pull over and take advantage of the price.

Of course no sooner were we back on the road we saw gasoline everywhere for $1.19 a gallon. It was only in this relatively small town that we found prices, everywhere else it was $1.59 or higher. Still I was glad we could squeeze nearly 14 gallons into the tank.

THURSDAY - The stretch of Interstate 40 that runs through Amarillo parallels the Old Historic Route 66. Some of the iconic hotels, motels, cafes, museums and roadside attractions are right here in this immediate area.

Sadly during our visit most of those are already closed due to the COVID-19 precautions, but one is not. Cadillac Ranch is an art installation located in a field just off the service road of I40. In 1974 ten Cadillacs, dating from 1949-1963, were buried nose first in a wheat field, but in 1997 they were moved two miles west to their present location in a cow field to place them further away from the growing city of Amarillo.

MONDAY - We originally had an eight day camping reservation but the park is being closed and we are only going to get to visit for six of those eight nights. Luckily we were able to get out and visit the park on at least a couple of sunny days, but there were also a few very overcast days.

Here is a slideshow of our shortened visit.


The road to the canyon floor and the campgrounds, 600 feet below the rim.
Nothing but blue skies and red rocks today!
Scenes from an overcast day from deep into the canyon.
Late one afternoon this guy came strutting into our campsite.

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