On the back side, many of the windows had bullet holes in them. The ceilings have long ago collapsed, but it's still a great place for photos. Two other cars came in while I was walking around, just to take pictures!!
Since it was my birthday, we went to Tucumcari Ranch Supply for breakfast. Yessirree ... best apple fritters around, and home blended coffee!! From there up to Logan for a thrift shop run, where I found a beautiful punctured-tin, red tiled mirror for my birthday present. When we stopped by Richard and Francis' house for directions, they brought out a piece of homemade apple pie with a candle and sang for me!! I'm telling you, the people are sooooo friendly, it makes you want to set up house here!!
I'm sitting on the edge of my seat, checking my phone every 5 minutes, as we arrived at Russell's Travel Center, East of Tucumcari on Hwy 40. He has a great collection of cars, fuel pumps and "stuff"!
Nice little pink Thunderbird, along with several Fords and Chevys from the 50's.
Cool little Hemi here ... doesn't look like it's ever been on the road!!
He seems to have a thing for Marilyn and Elvis, as tons of images adorn the walls, as well as life-size mannequins. Mr. Russell was actually in the building ... so stop in and say hello. There is no charge and you can take all the pictures you want ... just don't touch!!
This Shelby looks like it just came off the factory line!!
We rolled back in to the RV park about 4:00 in time to feed the puppies and reload the map six times!! At 6:00 when we went to dinner at Dell's (just down the street), it looked like this!! Now THIS is a storm rolling in!! Dells has GREAT food and a nice soup/salad bar. The prices are reasonable and the staff very friendly!! It's a must stop!! But really, I'm getting worried about the storm!!
After dinner, it was more like this!!
By now, the map has several big yellow/red spots on it and it's coming right at us. Against my better judgement, I hit that little triangle again ... ANOTHER WARNING ... 50 mph winds and 1/2" hail!!! Eeeeeeeeeek!!! Well, that's not exactly what I said, but it's close!! Geez ... is my insurance up to date?? As the rain and hail started to fall, the sun went down, causing this weird sky. This is taken through the rainy window ... there's so much lightning, I'm afraid to go outside!!! I start gathering up my stuff for the tornado shelter ... except there isn't one!!! The best we can do is the Elks concrete building.
My poor puppies are literally shaking in their beds as the hail started on the roof, but thankfully it never got to the half inch stage. I finally opened the window and got my camera out ... just to see if I could catch some lightning. It's pitch black out and the camera is set on Manual Mode with me controlling the length of time the shutter is open ... which is why some sky is blue, some kind of purple.
With that kind of setting, you can't look through the eyepiece. You just kind of point and shoot!! The loud thunder and brilliant strikes of lightning put on an amazing show ... all the while I had my phone on one side and my packed bag on the other!! This is one experience I don't recommend!!!
Pretty amazing and SCARY!!! I even hooked up to the park's cable TV (which was no help at all) and put my Satellite down on the rig. No use taking a chance on getting zapped!!!