Just off Highway 66 in Amarillo Texas stands an iconic monument. We didn’t go looking for it when we found it, in fact we had no idea it was there. We were just driving through and happened to notice a tour bus and a line of cars parked to the side of an access road parallel to the highway. What’s going on? What are they looking at? Shall we go take a look? Willow raised her head up off the seat and gave me a quizzical look which I took to mean “What are you talking about? What are we missing? Are there squirrels?” We turned off at the next exit and back tracked towards the crowds gathered near an empty field as far as we could tell.
By the time we pulled up the tour bus had thankfully departed and there were only a few cars and their occupants remaining. Once we found a parking spot and could pay attention to the field and not the road I immediately knew what we had found.
It had recently rained and so there were puddles of mud surrounding some of the cars. Keeping Willow out of muddy puddles is a sucker’s bet and so I just let her do her thing knowing that soon I would have to rinse off her paws and much of the rest of her before she would be allowed back into the Tacoma. That’s okay, it’s S.O.P with a Dirt Dog.
Willow ran around giving everyone and everything a quick sniff to see if there were, perhaps, anyone hiding some familial squirrel DNA.
A quick web search told us a bit about the history of this piece of truly American art. Designed and planted in 1974 for Amarillo-born millionaire Stanley Marsh 3. Supposedly at the same angle as the Great Pyramid of Giza. Was originally in another field. More tidbits can be gleaned from: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadillac_Ranch
SInce we were headed somewhere else and had a schedule to keep we limited our stay just long enough to get a few pictures and let Willow play Chemical Warfare a few times in the field surrounding the installation. We’re glad we saw the crowds and were in enough of an inquisitive mood to go find out what they were looking at or else we would have completely missed this find.