Amarillo by morning The official theme for my spring break trip. Actually, my destination was just short of Amarillo in Palo Duro Canyon State Park. I wanted to spend a few days camping and hiking, and then rendezvous with my family in San Antonio for the remainder of my week off. I departed Houston Friday morning just looking to log some miles and get the trip started. Made Lake Brownwood State Park by late afternoon. After setting up and cooking dinner I took a walk and enjoyed inspecting the incredible CCC structures that persist in the park. There are also cabins for rent that look very nice, albeit rustic. If youre in the area and looking for a good place to stop for the night, I recommend it, and the Comanche Trails tent only sites overlook the lake and are a short walk from hot showers. Day 2 was cold and blustery with occasional spits of rain and the ride a bit raw as I made my way to and through Sweetwater and onto the Llano Estacado. I dipped into a McDonalds in Post Texas to warm up and have a cup of coffee as a restorative. It did the trick, and I pushed on through Lubbock. My mood was further restored about an hour south of the park as the skies cleared. The park was all I hoped it would be! The Fortress Cliff primitive camping area would be home for the next two days. The sites are basic, and cheap, with a picnic table, cover, and little more. Water spickets are scattered throughout the site and although the park is in the grips of a drought (no campfires) the scenery is splendid! You are a short walk from the Rock Garden and Lighthouse trailheads. In fact, I made an evening hike of the Rock Garden. And then returned to cook dinner and relax. More to come!