"In every walk with nature one receives more than he seeks."
John Muir

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Everything is bigger in Texas

After many hours on the road, our excitement couldn't be contained when we saw "The BIG TEXAN" steakhouse in Amarillo. This place is more than just a restaurant and Hillary and I checked it all out. Learning we had cell service, we called our dear men that we had left behind.

Unique to this place is the challenge of eating a 4 1/2 steak plus all the sides in an hour. The person who attempts this feat sits on a platform with a spotlight and timer. If you get it all down, the meal is free. If you can't quite do it, it'll cost $75. A hungry man took it on while we were there, but we didn't wait to see if he ate it all. Was sure making progress when we left.
This singing cowboy was taking requests and I chose (what else???)...
"Amarillo by Morning" even though Hillary and I actually were there by evening.

We played around and worked out some of the stiffness in our muscles but, as Robert Frost wrote, we had "miles to go before I sleep" so we were back on the road to Colorado for our first official rest.

LaMar, CO, had a neat exhibit on wind energy. Those "windmills" became a highlight of our travels. They truly fascinate me. Watching a wind farm from afar, it is difficult to grasp the size of these blades. They are enormous! I couldn't even fit the whole thing in the picture without crossing the street. Here is Hillary posing next to a blade. This one is made by GE.

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