When you come to Texas, you’ve got to expect to eat a big honkin’ piece
of beef! Its a right of passage. Its what you DO in Texas. Its what you EAT in Texas. If you don’t, your friendly Texans get their feelings
hurt and will give you a salad…and laugh at you. No, really, its true!!
You can’t miss the plentiful billboards of I-40 near Amarillo, tourist brochures in every establishment and of course the huge yellow building with the big, truck-size steer in the front of the building on Route 66 with Texas flags flying. They say it’s a ‘Landmark Legend’. The place lights up like Christmas! I bet Rudolph has no problem finding it to deliver Santa for a quick bite. They even promote by offering free limo rides to and from the RV park. Their limo cars all have huge ‘long horns’ on the hoods like Boss Hogg’s car on the Dukes of Hazard. Its no exception, they too, do everything BIG here. Its a Texas thang. I mean, LOOK at that place!!
you’re a fan of that tv show ‘Man vs. Food’, you may recollect seeing an
episode of Adam Richmond trying his appetite to conquer the 72 ounce
steak…and all of the fixins that went with it (salad, baked potato and roll). Well, we can’t remember if he beat the challenge but we remember his bragging about this meaty restaurant; we just had to go. Anyone who beats the challenge (there’s actually a special raised table at the front of the restaurant with big digital clocks and tv cameras to record it…even!) gets to walk out without paying the bill. Imagine that! How easy would that be?
Well, we didn’t have the kajones nor the appetites to take on the Man vs. Food challenge of the 72 ounce steak dinner however, we started with the perfectly crispy fried ‘shrooms with awesome secret sauce and then to our entree’s of BBQ ribs and the 24 oz. steak dinner and went home with people bags (if you don’t have dogs or even if you do, they’re not doggie bags).
Our meal was absolutely delicious! The steak was outstanding; perfectly cooked in my requested medium-rare with a steamy, plump baked potato and see that pepper thing on the steak? Was I supposed to chow that down too? I had the salad prior as part of my meal. Dan had the ribs slathered with fantastic BBQ sauce and crispy onion rings; also had a big honkin’ salad prior. We were happy campers with our meal and the waitstaff was on the ball with our beverages. We’d give this awesome peculiar steakhouse a 5 out of 5 stars. It was THAT good! The steak was criss-cross charred exceptionally and melted in my mouth after only a few chews. It came from a good cow…or bull. I still can taste it just looking at the pictures! Oh! OH! They even have this roving Texas country music version of a Mariachi Band. We politely declined; something about someone else singing for our supper makes us willy-nilly.
After we satisfied our growling bellies, we waddled our way into their most awesome gift shop of ‘Texas Everything’; jewelry, purses, commodities, souveniers, t-shirts, trucker hats and even a live-caged huge rattler in the back of the store (Ew! Ew! Ew! EWWWW!!!). We came out with a couple small tokens of remembering the Big Texan Steak Ranch. They got it right, there; meat for the guys, shopping for the girls. Smart marketing, I’d say!
So, if you’re into carnivore-ing like us, definitely set your GPS to the BIG TEXAN Steak Ranch. Its an Amarillo favorite! They also serve breakfast there too!! Your tummies will thank you…and US for the “bulls-eye” (ha ha! See what I did there?) recommendation. If you’re nowhere near, go to their “beefy” website (whoa! Did it again!) to get look-see. Too bad they don’t make scratch and sniff websites!
So there’s our review. We were not compensated for telling the truth.
Since we were little kids, We’ve always wanted to go to Texas. We remember watching black and white tv shows that were filmed in Texas. I love big shiny belt buckles, cowboy hats and boots. Both were enamored watching gunslingin’ heroes with big shiny revolvers. Equally, we love all things Texas; cactus, armadillos, cowboys (not the Dallas team) and the big stars in the big Texas sky. Oh, and let’s not forget my favorite, the King of Country, George Strait.
Campground/RV Park: Oasis RV Resort – TEXAS (Amarillo)
Location: 2715 Arnot Road, Amarillo, TX 79124 (888) 789-9697
Oasis RV Resort was recommended to us by another RV’er but we didn’t realize the extent of their recommendation. Its been rated as one of five top RV Destinations in Texas. We made a reservation a month prior. This RV ‘Resort’ is beautiful! Oasis RV Resort is located west of Amarillo and is easily accessible from I-40 (exit 60) and only 2 miles from Cadillac Ranch on the Service Road. Campground signs signify a mile from the exit; as well, a huge billboard showing their location (lit up at night!). Love’s Truck/Travel is right at the exit for easy fueling before you park or on your way out.
A few years ago, we watched a documentary on television about a little chapel in the middle of a historic city in the desert southwest that has quite a bit of cool notoriety. So, who would have known years later that we’d find this beautiful historic treasure. We’ll call this one Our Walk of Faith in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Campground/RV Park: Santa Fe Skies RV Park
Santa Fe Skies RV Park is located on the Turquoise Trail at I-25 & NM 14/599. Beautiful sunsets, close approximity to Santa Fe and eateries is right around the corner. While we were there, we visited the Miraculous Staircase at Loretto Chapel and Cathedral Basillica of St. Francis of Asisisi as well as enjoyed window shopping in the Santa Fe Plaza downtown.
We checked in approximately 4:00pm; we were the only RVers checking in at the time. The young man cashier was not very pleasant and not very helpful. He just handed us the park map, rules and was more interested in other things. He didn’t let us know about the club house and what it had to offer. The campground is terraced with approximately 90 FHU sites. The entrance is a bit tight for big rigs. Check in is at the large building on the right; there’s also a clubhouseand small souvenier shop. The laundry was small and not adequate for how many sites there are.
Each site is terraced on gravel with concrete pads equipped with a picnic table. Sites are tight and mostly not level; had to use several blocks. We had a hooking and unhooking issue because of it. Other than grills, no open fires are permitted. The roads/aisles are narrow. There are some permanent campers but they are in another area of the park. Free WiFi is located in the clubhouse and only during office hours. Propane is available for sale at the park. Groceries, shopping, restaurants and fuel is fairly close by. RV’ers are responsible for taking their own trash to the dumpster at the park entrance.
Santa Fe Skies is a dog friendly park; there is a dog park and a 3/4 mile walking trail. Do not let small dogs or cats outside; they could end up as Coyote snacks. It can get quite windy at the park, they recommend not leaving awnings out while you are away from your RV.
We rated this park at 2 stars because of the lack of hospitality, maneuverbility and leveling difficulty for big rigs, very close approximity to neighboring coaches and inadequacy of laundry facilities per amount of RVers; also because there WiFi only available in the clubhouse. If we visit New Mexico again, we may look elsewhere.
When our RV friends weren’t working their remote jobs, we’d get together for an outing and vittles. One morning, we all rose early to drive out to the Great Sand Dunes National Park for some hiking, sightseeing and to get our National Park Passports stamped.
About the Great Sand Dunes…
Welcome to the Dunes…
After getting parked, we got our passports stamped at the Visitor Center and viewed a video and hands-on informational exhibits.
All four of us headed to the picnic area where we sat down to enjoy some fellowship while chowing down on our cooler full of vittles. We were blessed with beautiful weather too.
Our exciting adventure…
It was already a very warm day so it seemed like it was a little more work but that didn’t stop Dan and Brittany from doing the inevitable; climbing to the top of the dunes. Being that Eric has bad knees and I have back issues, we hung out at the top of the smallest dune to watch Brittany and Dan challenge themselves. We were already 6000′ above sea level, so this was a bit more challenging than just taking a stroll up a 750′ hill, not to mention, it was loose sand.
While Eric and I stood there chatting for what seemed forever (because we stood there in the heat for all of it), Brittany and Dan disappeared over the crest of the first dune. They looked like little ants the further they hiked. We’d see them again and then loose them doing down another…and another…and another.
Brittany’s words upon their return, ‘it was quite exerting; one step forward, three steps back and doing it at higher altitude, we just couldn’t catch our breaths’.
Dan said they had to stop often to empty their shoes which weighted them down. Adding to that, it was a very warm day; about 85 degrees.
A few times, we’d see one of them, bend over in the distance during their climb and stop for awhile. They said they were offered water by some passerby’s (hikers that were faster and more in shape as them?!). Then we’d see them start up again.
The finish line…
An hour and a half later, they successfully made it to the top and another hour and a half after that, they came back tired, weary but celebrated. They were red-faced and a bit dehydrated so Eric and I sacrificed our own water bottles to get them back to looking a normal color. But LOOK at them looking all celebratory!
On the drive back, our tummies were growling so Eric took to googling places to eat in Pueblo. We agreed on the Bingo Burger which turned out to be a very deserved and pleasant meal. Fantastic burgers!Best friends! Good times! Fantastic memories!