Traveling to Amarillo
Back in September of 2017, we traveled to Amarillo Texas to shoot for visittheusa.com. We covered St. Louis, as well as Amarillo for them. While we can’t share the images licensed by our client, we can share some of what’s left.
It was a challenging shoot in several ways, the first being that I (Ian) came down with a nasty cold a day before we were to travel. Our plan was take some personal time off in Colorado, before heading to Texas. Not wanting to travel by air with a fever, that plan was quickly scrapped. We came to conclusion it would be best to rent a car and drive to Amarillo. This would give me some time to rest and recover, while not coughing all over my Southwest seat mates. Thankfully it’s a pretty easy 12 hour drive to Amarillo from St. Louis.
Palo Duro Canyon State Park
The main attraction in the Amarillo area is Palo Duro Canyon State Park. Funny enough, we actually detoured to visit this park on our own in November of 2016, on our way back from California. It’s known as the Grand Canyon of Texas. The park is about a 40 minute drive south from Amarillo.
Another interesting challenge for the assignment, was the lack of any budget for models. We’d be on our own to find people willing to sign model releases to appear in our photos. Filling in as talent, Kelly and I ended up posing for each other quite a bit.
We entered the park at sunrise to get an early start hiking the 6 mile Lighthouse trail. There’s not much shade. Even in September, the temperature quickly gets past 90 degrees.
Palo Duro Riding Stables
Jesse and Kristin, of Palo Duro Riding Stables kindly let us take photos at their location just outside of the Palo Duro Canyon Park.
Big Texan Steak Ranch
No trip to Amarillo would be complete without visiting the Big Texan Steak Ranch. A legend from old Route 66.
Kelly flew back to St. Louis early, while I finished shooting. After dropping off Kelly at the airport, I headed west to the Cadillac Ranch. My timing ended up being quite lucky, as an incredible rainbow appeared not long after the passing of a torrential downpour.
I hope you enjoyed a quick look at our adventure to Amarillo, Texas.