After crossing the border between New Mexico and Texas, and listening to weather reports, we decided to spend a week in the Amarillo area. We didn’t want to go too far north as the weather predictions were for very cool weather for this time of year. The winds were picking up as we made our way to Amarillo; we reserved a week at the Oasis RV Resort. This is a very large RV Park, and although it is open all year, their pool and spa and exercise room were all closed until late April. The winds blew most of the time we stayed in Amarillo; sometimes gusting at 50-60 mph. Several times, we put in the slides as the winds were making the slide awnings flap so loudly and we didn’t want them to get damaged. The temperatures were rather cool, down into the high 50’s or low 60’s and several days were overcast.
We drove the Jeep on a couple of stretches of Route 66 in the area, and stopped at a strip of Route 66 downtown Amarillo which was in fairly good shape; the old buildings housed antique shops, restaurants, and other businesses. We went into a few of the shops and did some browsing and walking through the neighborhood.
We made a day trip in the Jeep to the Palo Duro Canyon State Park, south of Amarillo. This Canyon isn’t as large as the Grand Canyon but it is very similar looking. We drove the loop around the park, and also into the area with rock cabins that are available to rent, and into a couple of the campgrounds. This is a very large state park, with beautiful scenery.
Jack Sisemore Traveland in Amarillo sells RV’s of all kinds; they also happen to have an RV museum right there at the dealership. We toured the museum, and had the pleasure of meeting Jack Sisemore himself. He has done a fantastic job with the museum; he has collected many vintage motorhomes, travel trailers, an early tent trailer, a teardrop trailer, and a bus from the movie “RV” with Robin Williams. As well as vintage cars, motorcycles, and the RV’s, the museum also holds a host of other camping and travel related memorabilia. It is well worth a visit for anyone who loves the RV lifestyle, and Mr. Sisemore is in the process of completing an addition to the museum, with many fantastic surprises for future visitors. Jack has been in the RV business for many years, and is very knowledgeable about all aspects of the RV lifestyle, camping needs, has an impressive dealership with all types of RVs and accessories for sale. and he is a true southern gentleman.