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    McClellan Grassland National Park(I-40 @ 60 miles east of Amarillo)

    I stayed last night(10/17) as it was near 11pm, ran out of steam to press on to NM and I had read Palo Duro Canyon locks the gate at 10pm.
    Not too bad a place to overnight. Though if you have atvs and a camper wouldn't be too bad to stay longer but it's miles and miles from nowhere. 58 miles east of Amarillo, @4 miles off I-40.
    Campground was empty all night, it has hot showers, tent sites were $10, electric/water sites were $15. It's set down lower than the hills and I-40 so the there's some wind protection, some scraggly trees and desert grass with sticker burrs so pitch your tent on the level dirt drives (I wore my flipflops to the restroom and walked through the cut grass (lawn? per say) and found that there were sticker burrs brought into the tent. Trees are around most sites, some had big, baseball size and hard fruit/seeds on the ground which I've not seen before, so don't pitch your tent under them.
    The wind during the day had been from the south 40-50mph steady and had subsided @7pm after sunset in Oklahoma City when I got back on the road after a 4-5 hr delay tired of fighting the wind. After I crawled into bed @ midnight, there was a big gust that blew in from the north, temp was 83 when I arrived and set up camp, by 2:30am I had to pull the sleeping bag over me. 54 in the morning.
    There is a pond near and you can get non electric sites near the water if you want(more mosquitoes) The host trailer was empty all night though someone pulled in to check the campground @ 6:30 am.
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    Re: McClellan Grassland National Park(I-40 @ 60 miles east of Amarillo)

    I never seen these before.
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    Re: McClellan Grassland National Park(I-40 @ 60 miles east of Amarillo)

    Quote Originally Posted by newday777 View Post
    I never seen these before.
    Crab apples (not for eating)
    RIDE TO LIVE !


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    Re: McClellan Grassland National Park(I-40 @ 60 miles east of Amarillo)

    Quote Originally Posted by trikerdan View Post
    Crab apples (not for eating)
    Horse pucky

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    Re: McClellan Grassland National Park(I-40 @ 60 miles east of Amarillo)

    osage orange tree

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    Re: McClellan Grassland National Park(I-40 @ 60 miles east of Amarillo)

    From wickipeda
    M. pomifera*has been known by a variety of common names in addition to Osage orange, including*hedge apple,*horse apple,*bois d'arc,bodark,*bow-wood,*yellow-wood,*mock orange*and*monkey ball

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    osage orange tree
    I was close with horse pucky lol.

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    Re: McClellan Grassland National Park(I-40 @ 60 miles east of Amarillo)

    I was going to mention "horse apple." We had been somewhere in north Texas, Wichita Falls I think, and had seen these things...deer were eating them....someone mentioned that they were "horse apples." But the deer seemed to like them.

    Good review on the campground...even though I doubt that I will ever be there....sand burrs...high winds....think I'll pass...but good info.

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    Re: McClellan Grassland National Park(I-40 @ 60 miles east of Amarillo)

    Hedge balls, the trees are a very hard, durable wood, farmers use them for fence posts. Rumor has it that you can put the hedge balls in your house to repel spiders and insects, an old wives tale.

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    Re: McClellan Grassland National Park(I-40 @ 60 miles east of Amarillo)

    They were quite common in central Illinois where I grew up. I knew some people that used them in their basement to repel spiders, never knew if they worked or not.

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