Thursday, January 17, 2008

Palo Duro Canyon, Texas

24 X 36 Oil on Canvas Not For Sale
Several years ago we spent Thanksgiving weekend camping at Palo Duro Canyon in the Texas Panhandle. Yes, it was risky camping in November in that part of Texas, but we were blessed with extraordinary weather. I had broken my leg a year earlier and this was the first camping trip where I could actually hike a little bit. The second morning there, we awoke hearing a strange swooshing noise and upon investigation discovered several hot air balloons taking off and rising up the canyon walls. Permits are rarely granted to balloonists at Palo Duro because the air currents are undependable, but this weekend was perfect - with crystal blue skies and cool, still air. And since there were few other campers, we felt we were really special with an air show just for us!
The foundation for the studio addition is poured and setting up. It's 22 degrees this morning but I think the concrete is dry enough to not worry about it. Walls start to go up Tuesday - we hope. I started walking every morning with several friends and have not missed a day in 2 weeks. And three of those days were in the 20's. But the wind is gusty today, so I think I'll stay in and make a fire and plan some paintings, instead.
Matthew 7:25 The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

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