Travel File: Alibates Flint Quarries

Alibates Flint Quarries

“Let’s take a drive,” he said.

He never has to pull teeth to get me to agree.

Not far from Amarillo is Lake Meredith and Alibates Flint Quarry.

Lake Meredith MapWe drove up Hwy 136 toward Fritch, then cruised around the quarry, checked out the visitor’s center, then moved along through Fritch, over the Lake Meredith Dam and back South to Amarillo.  It took about 4 hours of our day and was totally worth the adventure!

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Alibates Quarries

 

Our friend told us about Dolomite Rd, where he had a fantastic time photographing wildflowers the week before.

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These were some of my favorite flowers:wildflower

At the Visitor’s Center, we were cheerfully greeted by the park ranger who showed us a short film about the area and allowed us to have a very hands-on experience:

Alibates Visitor Center

The center had a cute little garden with lots of native plants labeled for easy recognition:

Scarlet Globemallow

Although the yellow flowers on the left were photographed in a field we drove through, I thought they had a striking resemblance to the purple nightshade that always fills our backyard this time of year:

Nightshade Flowers

While wandering around, I collected a few specimens I found particularly beautiful.  They inspired a quick watercolor session the next afternoon…

 

wildflower watercolors 1

wildflower watercolorsFritch is an eyeblink of a town, but we knew we were close to the dam when we ran across this place:

The Dam

The lake is up this year, thanks to all the rain!Lake Meredith

Although I prefer to be meandering through the mountains when taking a lazy drive, this little jaunt did the trick.  Any afternoon spent with my husband and camera is all right with me.

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