We have just returned from an epic road trip that took us all over the western US. As such, we are taking the day to decompress from the luscious events of the last two weeks. I have been downloading trip pics whilst enjoying a glass of wine from the Temecula wine region of southern Californy. The glorious weather here in Houston certainly enhances the easy nature of our day of reclamation.
As the song goes, let’s start at the very beginning, it’s a very good place to start. The trip began with an idea, the idea turned into a plan and the plan became a route. The first leg of the route led us to Taos and the Sheep and Wool Festival (the queen must have her wool). As you can see, the road to Taos took us up into the Texas panhandle and through Amarillo on what is now Interstate 40 – formerly, a portion of Route 66 of famous song and history.
I have lived in Texas for 37 years and never made a trek to Cadillac Ranch. How does that happen? Well, actually, if you think about it, Amarillo is 10 hours from Houston and there ain’t nuthin’ up there but dirt. You could drive from Portland, Maine to Washington DC in the same amount of time and go through seven states and all kinds of stuff. Ten hours to dirt is just not that appealing.
Cadillac Ranch was the brain child of an avant-garde collective of artists called the Ant Farm. Last year, I saw a wonderful documentary about them not realizing just how revolutionary they were and that they formed at the University of Houston. Ya gotta love the free thinkers of the world.
If you do the Google thing about Cadillac Ranch, you find that it was an art installation commissioned by wacky millionaire (the best kind of millionaire, imho) Stanley March III, and consists of 10 Cadillacs buried nose first into the ground at the same angle as the pyramids of Giza. The ‘ranch’ has certainly seen better days as it was created in 1974 (the year my family moved to Texas). Weather and people have transformed it into a bare-bones collection, yet the spirit of the project endures.
Next stop – Taos, via the scenic Santa Fe National Forest.