Texas Panhandle Staycation

I’m taking a break from my Greece updates to bring you some photos from my current home — the Texas Panhandle. Back during West Texas A&M’s spring break, some friends and I decided to explore local places we’ve never visited or hadn’t been to in a while. We started the week along historic Route 66 in Amarillo. There are lots of great places to eat here, and we chose The GoldenLight Cantina.

IMG_0066

How often do you get to see the first tree planted in an entire region? I’m guessing that’s a question that has never occurred to you, but if it has, and you really need to scratch that itch, you can do that east of Amarillo. Thomas Cree gets credit with planting the first tree in the Texas Panhandle in 1888. Unfortunately, it died nearly a half century ago, so the tree you see here on the left is the “memorial” tree.

IMG_0113

IMG_0115

IMG_0117

It’s hard to miss The Big Texan on I-40 in Amarillo. It’s iconic. We went there for … the gelato.

IMG_0088

IMG_0096

IMG_0094

IMG_0102

IMG_0105

IMG_0109

IMG_0067

If you’re not attending services there, you’ll need to book a tour to get inside St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Umbarger (we were not aware of that and did not get to go inside when we stopped by). Italian prisoners of war, who were imprisoned in nearby Hereford during World War II, painted the church’s interior.

IMG_0276

IMG_0277

There is still a memorial to the Italian POW camp in Hereford. Today, it’s in the middle of a field.

IMG_0280

IMG_0283

IMG_0285

IMG_0289

IMG_0290

IMG_0295

IMG_0296

IMG_0297

IMG_0298

 

Share Your Comments or Experiences

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: