Saturday, August 29, 2009

Amarillo Trip III

Our last day in Amarillo took us out to the ranch, which turned out to be 45 minutes or so from Amarillo. Much like the rest of our time in Amarillo, we had a great time! That morning, Brandon and I went to buy dry ice because Alison's parents were sending us home with a cooler full of beef. We purchased the largest cooler we could find before coming to Texas, and we filled it with beef and dry ice before heading home! Thanks to the Basses!!! The meat is awesome - it is grass-fed beef with no antibiotics and no hormones.

We packed up and headed to the ranch after lunch and spent the remainder of the day there. Sam showed Brandon and I his bunker-turned-blacksmith shop, and then he got us throwing knives and hatchets. As you can see below, Luke was a little upset that he was not invited to do that with us! Sam then took us on a tour of the ranch, showing us the mesquite, the cattle, and the canyon before taking us to the shooting range. The evening ended with burgers on the grill, Texas-shaped sugar cookies, and a little swinging on the porch before we headed for Amarillo and then home.

Thanks again to Alison, Brandon, the Basses, and the Gaynors for all of their hospitality! We loved our trip and would love to make the trip again (although most likely flying next time rather than driving overnight)!

Luke relaxing on the porch

Is that a real cowboy?

Brandon sticking a knife!

Philip sticking a knife!

Luke was not happy about getting left behind for the knife-throw. Notice the hat thrown on the ground.


Texas cattle

Longhorn (despite owning some Texas Longhorns, the Basses are Aggies - Gig 'em Aggies!)

the girls & Luke touring the ranch

safety instruction

Apparently that was some shot - Alison was impressed! Allison says that Alison has "sass" here!

Luke wanted those things off his ears!

Not sure about this, but I think Brandon is more intimidating when he is shooting guns!

Twins!? Separated at birth?! Allison/Alison E./E. Fishbaugh/Bass - what are the odds they would meet three years ago?

More instruction - it was fun to actually hit the targets!

Allison even enjoyed the shooting!

Palo Duro Canyon - the 2nd largest canyon in the United States; the Bass ranch lies on the canyon

Brandon, Sam, Phil

Family picture

Phil and Luke completing the tour

hanging out on the porch

Luke swinging

Grilling burgers!

Ms. Piggy's cookies

swinging with Sam

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