Saturday, August 1, 2009

Cadillac Ranch, Amarillo, Texas

In West Texas, They Grow Caddies At Cadillac Ranch!

Today, under the incredibly big sky of West Texas, we visited the world famous
'Cadillac Ranch', the art project sponsered by Stanley Marsh 3.
Along Interstate 40 just west of Amarillo you will find 10 old Cadillacs buried head first in a row. For whatever reasons these objects have become a famous art display and has been featured in a jazillion movies, music videos, magazines, etc.

The cars are supposed to be buried at the same angle as the sides of the Great Pyramid of Cheops in Egypt. When I asked about the location of the cars a local good ol' boy said "We got us an eccentric billionaire oilman out here"! I already knew Marsh had a rep for eccentricity, even going by Marsh 3 rather than III, as in the third. He claims that is pretentious.

Lexi climbed atop one of the cars for a cool shot. Yes, it is allowed, and you can add your own spray painting tags. Best of all, it is free! The most amazing thing I saw and missed getting on film was a young man, either extremely talented as a gymnast or insane, who stood atop the car and suddenly did an amazing 360 degree flip off the side, landing perfectly on his feet! I was actually astounded by that.

Deanna, Lexi and Alan atop the Cadillac Ranch!
Hopefully I can find tgime to post more images of the amazing things we did today as it is late and time is short. We also rode a twisting, narrow road to the top of Capulin Volcano, a dormant volcano in New Mexico. As we entered the park a powerful thunderstorm blew in, lightning, wind, rain. This made the drive even more scary. The ranger warned about lightning at the peak but failed to mention the tight lanes and hairpin curves with absolutely no railing between you and a thousand foot drop. Insane.

Of course we tagged the cars in an appropriate fashion.
At the end of this long day we find ourselves in Pueblo, Colorado. We intended to stop much sooner but had to go to over 20 hotels to find an overpriced room on the fly. A NICE room, except for the teens running up and down the hall until midnight.
Tomorrow we shall ride the top of the Rocky Mountains and try to make it to the Rocky Mountain National Park, perhaps the Sand Dunes National Monument.

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Scope August 1, 2009 at 7:01 AM  

For a second there, I thought you meant "Mustang Ranch". Entirely different kind of place.

You gonna hit "Carhange" in Nebraska, too?

Alan August 1, 2009 at 9:11 AM  

Oh how I would love to see Carhenge. We wanted to see a fake Stonehenge near Amarillo but once you are out here there is so much to see and it is all so darn far away from each other!

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