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Gobbling for Thanksgiving fun? Talking “Turkey” means traveling to west Texas and the Panhandle for some western swing, rock ‘n roll, big Cadillacs and heavy duty rockin’

Turkey, Texas, home to the Bob Wills, lies between Amarillo and Lubbock. Wills and his Texas Playboys stormed the country from the 30’s to the 70’s and defined “Western Swing” by playing horns, reeds and drums along with mandolins and steel guitars. Their classics as “Osage Stomp” and “ New San Antonio Rose” helped spawn the “Bakersfield Sound”.

Traveling southwest and arrive in Lubbock. Birthplace to musical greats like Mac Davis, Dixie Chick, Natalie Maines, and of course Buddy Holly.

Oversized black glasses mark the Buddy Holly Center where the late rock’n roll legend’s life and career are celebrated. Follow the city’s “Buddy Holly” trail while humming “Peggy Sue”, “Maybe Baby” or “That’ll Be the Day”. Trivia time! Did you know John Wayne’s statement of “that’ll be the day” in the movie “The Searchers” inspired the song title?

Now grab your spray paint and head north to Amarillo! Rising like Stonehenge, along I-40, lies the Cadillac Ranch. With model years ranging from ’49 – ’63, the ten Caddies are buried nose first and for over three decades have provided the public a place to gawk, reflect and most importantly – leave a message. Spray painting is allowed and encouraged – just don’t expect your words or images to last forever.

From big cars to big rocks – Palo Duro Canyon is America’s second largest canyon. Called the “Grand Canyon of Texas”, the state park features mountain biking, running and hiking trails among geographical wonders starting from the Permian period. Among the more famous formations is the Lighhouse hoodoo. Hoodoos are the soaring thin spindles of soft sedimentary rock. Wildlife also abounds so keep a look out for wild turkey, Barbary sheep, coyotes, both white tail and mule deer, roadrunners, and western diamondback rattlesnakes. Remember your water and to pack out what you pack in.

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