Okay, so it isn’t really Austin it is Manchaca…. I never heard of Manchaca until I went looking for this art gallery of wood carvings. So I figured nobody reading the blog posts would know where it was either. It is on the south side of Austin. Official address is: 1198 FM 1626. The store wasn’t open but we wandered around a saw some pretty amazing stuff. Here is a sample of what you can see if you drop by.
These items are for sale, so if you see something you like, the artist would be glad to sell it to you.
After doing the volksmarch in Borger and stopping off to visit the Lake Meredith National Recreational Area we still had daylight to burn so we headed over to take a look at the Zoo. It was sprinkling rain on and off so we weren’t sure how much fun this would be. But we didn’t get wet. The zoo is smaller than I expected. For those who don’t like snakes, I didn’t publish any snake pictures although they did have a nice variety in the reptile house.
After doing the volksmarch in Borger and checking out the county courthouse in Stinnet we headed back to Amarillo via the Lake Meredith National Recreational Area. We were looking for the “Mesquite Trail” which is just a little .3 mile trail. There were no signs pointing to it.
We took a left turn and came to McBride Canyon.
The camera doesn’t do it justice.
The red on the walls was brighter and the orange trees set them off perfectly.
Once past here the road turned to dirt so we didn’t go far. We did stop and look at the McBride cabin.
You can’t read the marker so this is what it say:
“A pioneer settler quarried Alibates dolomite from the canyon rim to build this house, mortared with lime burned on the site. Wood in ridge beams, door and window lintels, ice house, and corral came from old railroad bridge timbers salvaged from Canadian River. The floors are of masonry mortar. The builder, David Nichols McBride, was born Oct. 22, 1849, in Henry County, Ill., married Abigail Catharine Stringer at Fort Sill, Indian Territory, July 2, 1876; and settled near village of Amarillo Sept. 17, 1887–just 18 days after Potter County was organized. The McBrides had seven children. This site (in “Watered Homestead”) and three alternate “Dry Grazing” school lands sections were situated in center of the famous LX Ranch, owned by the American Pastoral Company of London. Patent for his land was issued to McBride in 1901, upon proof of three years occupancy. The Homestead Section cost $1.50 an acre, with payments extending over 40 years at 3% interest. The grazing land cost $1.00 an acre. McBride died June 26, 1928, in Needles, Calif.; heirs sold this property in 1963 to the Canadian River Municipal Water Authority. It is now administered by the National Park Service, Sanford Recreation Area, Lake Meredith. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark – 1971.”
We drove back out of the canyon and took the turn to the right. It lead us here.
We went inside and chatted with the Ranger. He was very nice and ran a short movie about the area for us. Very enjoyable. We looked at the displays. That is a mammoth’s jawbone found nearby.
The Mesquite Trail that we were looking for was actually there at the visitor’s center. We strolled around a small hill and ended back at the parking lot.
Waymarking.com is a part of Geocaching. There is a free version and a premium version with more “perks”. I have settled for the free version for now.
Waymarking is a treasure hunt of the photographic kind. They give you the GPS coordinates and you find the item waymarked. You record your find with a photo and you post your photo to the waymarking website to log it. These types of geocaches used to be called Virtuals but they discontinued that and created waymarking instead. Many interesting places are too “public” to hide a geocache. With waymarking you can still enjoy the hunt and see some pretty unique things. There are many mundane things like McDonalds, etc but I’m not interested in recording my stop there. Maybe if I visited one in China that would be cool, but on the whole I’m interested in other stuff.
Okay back to the hunt. You can enter just a city and state and waymarking will provide a list all the waymarks in the area. Great for when you are traveling and want to see what might be there. Waymarking has categories that are great for that.
• German-American Heritage Sites
• Official Local Tourism Attractions
• Roadside Attractions
• U.S. National Register of Historic Places
• Scenic Roadside Look-Outs
If you enter your home city, you may have visited some waymarks already. Most locations have places like these:
• This Old Church
• Antique Hotels
• Carnegie Library Buildings
• Vintage Movie Theaters
• Water Towers (the one at Oatmeal, TX is painted like a box of oatmeal)
• Historic Forts
• Civilian Conservation Corps (anything constructed by the CCC)
• Oddball Museums (like the toilet seat one in San Antonio, TX)
If you have these type places and they aren’t listed you can usually add a waymark to the website. Each category has a list of specifications you must meet to get your item added. They don’t all have the same requirements. They do all require, however, the GPS coordinates for the location.
Other than those already listed above my own personal favorite categories of waymarks are:
o Truss Bridges
o Suspension Bridges
o Photo Cutouts (Don’t you just love putting your head in them!)
3. Statues and Sculptures
o Musician Statues
o Statues of Historic Figures
o Abstract Public Sculptures (Chihuly glass is my favorites in this category)
o Famous Fictional Figures
o Figurative Public Sculpture (ones that represent a topic like “Cowboy” rather than an actual person)
o Bear Statues
o School Mascots
o Relief Art Sculptures
o Epic Beings and Creatures (Mermaids, trolls, pixies, etc)
o Sculpture Gardens
o Veteran’s Memorials (there are subcategories for Civil War, Korea, Vietnam, etc)
o Eternal Flames
o Grave of a Famous Person
o Abandoned Train Tunnels
o Superlatives (Oldest, Tallest, Longest, etc)
o Neon Signs
Hope if you enjoy photography and travel that you will join the waymarking.com community. It is a great hobby.
After Capitan we continued on to Lincoln, NM. Lincoln is the former stomping grounds of Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid. It was here that Billy the Kid broke out of jail for the last time. On his way back from a visit to the outhouse, Billy overpowered and shot his guard, killing him. When U. S. Marshall Bob Ollinger heard the gunfire he raced toward the courthouse and was killed in the middle of the street by two shotgun blasts.
Can’t imagine hiding in here during an Indian attack.
Looking at the inside. Door is barred, you can’t go inside.
The 1887 La Iglesia de San Juan-Bautista Mission is still serving parishioners today
After the Turkey Canyon Trail hike we set out letterboxing which took us to Capitan, NM. As we entered town these cats caught our eye and we had to go back and take some pictures.
We continued on to the restaurant which had really good food. We took pictures out front.
We continued on over to the Smokey the Bear Park and Museum.
We toured the displays, watched a movie and visited Smokey’s grave.
There is a nice little garden with a waterfall.
There were other bears in the area.
After hiking the Argentina Canyon Trail we were fortunate enough to get to take a tour of the Spencer Theater.
It is a 514-seat landmark performing arts center north of Ruidoso, NM. It was designed by Antoine Predock, and opened October 1997. It is a year round venue of major touring Broadway, dance or musical performances. It has outstanding acoustics which they explain on the tour. The theater is decorated with glass created by Dale Chihuly.
The tour took us onstage (not much to photograph there) and then backstage to the prop room.
We continued to the dressing rooms. The hallway leading to this area was signed by the artists that performed here.
The tour continued upstairs to the balcony area.
Our tour continued to the exclusive Founder’s Room and loggia on the second floor of the theater where more Chihuly glass is displayed.
We returned to the second floor lobby and had our picture made with THE PERSIANS.
Normally tours are every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m. To find out more contact them at: (888) 818-7872