Nothing says road trip like a stop at a local attraction. As a kid, we always headed west for vacations to visit Indian ruins and natural wonders like the Painted Desert. As we traveled those long, straight highways through sage-strewn flat land, we looked for the huge billboards advertising an Indian Trading Post coming up. They promised unusual exhibits like dozens of live rattlesnakes or the real saddle of some famous outlaw.
In reality, it was a tourist trap full of trinkets probably made in some factory back east. But we loved the chance to get out of the car and spend the allowance money we had been saving, taking lots of time to wander the aisles and look at everything.
Two brothers were ingenious in combining several talents for this enterprise. One owns the restaurant, where the BBQ really is outstanding. The other runs the store, which sells furniture as well as other western goods. He also makes most of the furniture. The over sized rifle in the picture is one of his creations. It has already been sold so don’t hanker for it.
This rock never fails. It’s 100% correct.
Here’s how it works.
If it’s wet, it’s raining.
If it’s dry, there’s fair weather.
If it’s dusty, there’s a dust storm
If it’s white, it’s snowing.
If it’s swaying, it’s windy.
If there’s a shadow under the rock, it’s sunny.
If you can’t see it, it’s foggy.
If it’s jumping up and down, there’s an earthquake.
If the bottom is under water, it’s a flood.
If it’s dry and still, just wait a minute, and it will change.
If everything is moving and you’re not, you’re drunk.
Note the pretty Yucca blooms beside it. Flowers make anything look good.
See more at Natty Flat. It’s just south of I 20 at the Stephenville exit. I think it’s worth a stop, especially for the grub.
“Keep away from folks who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great.” Mark Twain