Palo Duro Canyon State Park

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Woke up before dawn and packed up my car. Next time… pack car the night before. No fun to do it right in the morning. Waze says it will take 5 hours and 30 min. Started with less than half a tank. I reset the odometer and off we go.

———- 3 hours later———–

Stopped for gas at a place called the Pecan Shed. I think it had a legit breakfast burrito. Super spicy salsa and a great size for the price. The place was filled with typical Texas brickabrack. Cute.

——— 3 hours later————

Made it to Palo Duro Canyon State Park. This place is in the middle of nowhere. It is crazy everywhere is as flat as possible and then the earth just opens up and gives way to the canyon. Absolutely stunning. My campsite is in the Cactus Camp Area campsite #72. The tent was really easy to set up.
My campsite is a Primitive No Water site for $12 a night. Added to that a park entrance fee of $5. For meals I packed PB&J and water. I realized I needed to call my mom and tell her I made it, so I drove out of the canyon to call her. There is absolutely no reception inside the canyon.

The canyon’s temperature was around 82 degrees. It was warm for early March. I knew I needed a few more supplies so I high tailed it to a store to pick up a few things. Once I was back I went hiking along the Lighthouse Trail in order to get the sunset. It was beautiful. Walking back after the sun set was interesting. The cold air swooped in and the temperature plummeted. Once I was back at the camp I made dinner and set up my camera for a night time time lapse. I let the camera do its thing and I just went to sleep.

In the middle of the night the coyotes kept making noise on and off throughout the night. Ahhhh nature.