Road Trip~ Fort Smith, Arkansas to Amarillo, Texas

2 Nov

On the Porch

Onisha Ellis

 

September 10, 2017 Day 4

September 10 marked our second day of loading and unloading the truck. Since we were carrying sandwich makings for our daily picnic and other items needing to be kept cold, we had to carry in our coolers too.  What is all that stuff?

 

 

Our route today on Interstate 40 would take us through the rather monotonous plains of Oklahoma. Fortunately, On a previous trip out west my husband had his heart set on seeing the landscapes that were settings in the cowboy western movies of his youth. Unfortunately, our RV broke down and we had to forego stops to get back on schedule for our camping reservations.  I had a surprise planned for my husband on this leg of the trip.  A picnic in a cowboy canyon!

The tiny town of Hinton, Oklahoma, population 3,220, and is the home of Red Rock Canyon State Park. According to their website:

Red Rock Canyon was once a stop on the famous California Trail. Now visitors can enjoy this beautiful western Oklahoma oasis without bringing the Conestoga wagon. Red Rock Canyon State Park is a great place to hike, climb, or explore. Bring the family or bring the whole wagon train!

The timing of our arrival was perfect. We were ready to get off the interstate for gas as well as lunch. Driving into the park we began a sharp descent into the canyon. I was amazed at the abrupt change in the landscape and my sweet husband was thrilled to finally experience cowboy rocks!

 

 

Our daughter noticed that I seem to snap pictures of my husband  while he is chewing. It wasn’t intentional….honest.

 

 

After our picnic, we returned to Interstate 40, excited for our first glimpse of Texas. I am not a fan of hot weather, so all of our previous trips west took a northern route. Not the greatest picture, taken by my phone through the windshield.

 

 

I was surprised at the number of wind mills in Texas! There were acres and acres of them. We ended our day in Amarillo, Texas and I was ready to try some authentic Texas barbecue. I asked at the front desk and they recommended Dyer’s. It was hard to find as it is located in one of those shopping areas where the businesses blend into to setting.

 

Photo credit Yelp Review

 

We enjoyed the atmosphere and ordered a three meat plate. It was all delicious and I particularly liked their brisket and onion rings.The servers were friendly and their sweet tea was as good as my mama’s, strong and sweet.

 

Not chewing this time!

 

After supper, I spoke with our daughter on the phone. She had decided to ride out the storm in her home….alone. Hurricane Irma would be passing over her home in the evening hours. I knew I would not be getting much sleep.

 

8 Responses to “Road Trip~ Fort Smith, Arkansas to Amarillo, Texas”

  1. Traveling Shana November 2, 2017 at 3:50 pm #

    Lol I feel your husbands pain! Someone always manages to capture pictures of me mid chew, blink, sneeze, whatever!

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  2. Daniel Kemp November 2, 2017 at 3:13 pm #

    It all sounds wonderful to me except the storm bit!

    Liked by 1 person

    • Onisha Ellis November 2, 2017 at 9:52 pm #

      The trip was wonderful. Sadly so many people are still homeless from the storm. A government agency is paying for them to stay in hotels.

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  3. divoran09 November 2, 2017 at 3:00 pm #

    lovely post from Onisha

    Liked by 1 person

    • Onisha Ellis November 2, 2017 at 9:54 pm #

      Thank you! It took me three hours to write. Sort of pay back for how I expect you and Rebekah to just whip out an interview or a book.

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      • Daniel Kemp November 3, 2017 at 3:23 am #

        Whip out! Wow, It takes me three hours just to turn this computer on. lolol

        Liked by 1 person

      • Onisha Ellis November 3, 2017 at 9:36 am #

        Are you turning on, then going out to the coffee shop? LOL

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