Wednesday, November 6, 2013

This Time a Good Ole Texas Dentist and the American Quarter Horse Association and Hall of Fame

Yesterday driving along I-40 E, nearing Amarillo, chewing my Juicy Fruit gum; all of a sudden I noticed something hard in the gum.  Yup, that crown I've been wondering about.  Remember when I was in Utah I visited a dentist because I thought there might be an issue with a crown on the left side of my mouth; he found nothing wrong.  Well, I lost a crown (actually I didn't lose it - it was in the gum); so as soon as we got settled down at Fort Amarillo RV park, I did some surfing and found a dentist who could see me this morning. 

So, I drove to his office, about 4 miles from the RV park, very nice office, busy practice.  He re-cemented the crown, saying that he'd like to do an implant as he thinks even a new crown would eventually fall off at some point.  I asked his assistant to give me an estimate, which she did:  $4,000!  As an afterthought, he mentioned, "But, it's always possible that this crown could last another  year, 2 years, maybe even 3 or 4."

I thanked him for his consultation and cement and paid the bill ... $189.  He hadn't even looked at any other teeth or done anything else.  And, I had thought since gas is cheaper here maybe other things would be, too.  Not!   I have dental insurance, but it's only effective if I seek dental care from a specific dentist in Roseville, CA; and, at that, it only covers about $1500 a year.  So, I figure I'm on my own and will take my chances with this crown, at least until it gets lost again.

American Quarter Horse Association and ...
   The American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame

So, from the dentist's office I drove about six miles closer to downtown Amarillo ad visited the International headquarters of the American Quarter Horse Association and, across the street, the American Quarter Horse Hall of Fame and Museum.  Now, I don't claim to be any kind of an authority on horses of any breed, but I was married for a long time to a gentleman who LOVES horses.  So, over the years, I did see a lot of horses, and even had a horse of my own at one time.  I also have some great friends and relatives who are real horse fanatics; I know they'd love to visit these attractions....

You can enlarge any photo in the post by moving your cursor over the photo and clicking once

 International American Quarter Horse Association

                                                            Same building front view

Directly across the street is the Hall of Fame and Museum

Sculptures outside museum

Cement plaque - looks like fabric

Entrance fee was $5 for seniors

 The Grand Hall.  I was very impressed with the building itself

 It was very lovely 

 Theater with ongoing videos of orientation to the American Quarter Horse

Large educational area with interactive exhibits regarding all facets of the American Quarter Horse and many educational interactive exhibits for kids (of all ages!)

 Lots of information about saddles and tack

 What American Quarter Horses are used for

And, my favorite part of the museum was the magnificent display of oil paintings and sculptures.  The lighting was wonderful for viewing the exhibits but I did have a few issues with camera shots, but you get the idea

These are mostly oil paintings - all for sale or already sold - price range between $1800 and $10,000.  Beautiful work

This oil painting depicts the most popular of the 17 colors of the American Quarter Horse - Sorrel 

I spent about two hours going through this lovely museum and learned a lot that I certainly never knew about this truly American breed that has been so prevalent in the history of this country.

"Captain Phillips"

Finally today I also went to see "Captain Phillips" with Tom Hanks.  It was, as usual for Mr. Hanks, a superb retelling of the true story of hostage taking of Captain Richard Phillips by Somalian pirates in 2009.

That's it for today ....


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  3. Uh oh! Not a good thing. Good luck getting those comments back.

    Glad you enjoyed the museum. They do a great job of keeping it up.

    I think Dr. Comer is good but a bit high. Wish I had known, would have sent you to my dentist. But at least you can chew gum again.

    1. Thanks Becky. I may want that dentist's name the next time through. Dr Comer was really high as I'd recently been to my dentist in CA and a dentist in Oregon - both way less $$$.

  4. Mary-Pat, great photos; enjoyed seeing them. I had a horse years ago and love them.

    On another note: I wanted to share with you our main mode of travel, just so you will have others options on places to stay. I know you have Passport America, we don't. So that is your first choice.

    We love State Parks. They are secure, inexpensive, have wonderful sites with water and electric (no sewer). However, there are dump stations with easy access. the park rangers are great and 99% of the people that stay in a state park are very nice. Most times the Ranger offer programs that are very interesting. Most of these parks are close to a town or city!

    Also, city parks, county parks and Core of Engineer Parks. The Core parks are great and offer a senior discount!

    Just FYI! Happy and Safe Travels!

    1. Thanks Sheila. I have stayed at State Parks and will certainly always look into them. Here in and around Amarillo I found that Palo Duro Canyon SP costs $25/day without sewer and this RV park 25/day with sewer. I decided to stay here and hope to drive to Palo Duro (30 miles) for a day trip if I don't run out of time. But, I'll be back through here one day. I've only stayed in one City Park in Oregon City, Oregon; but, it was great. Will keep looking. Right now I'm studying free camping between here and Oklahoma City. The main thing I want to see there is the Memorial for the Oklahoma City bombing.

  5. Thanks for the horses and their stories. there were a couple in every photo.

  6. Thanks for the horses and their stories, there were a couple in each photo.

  7. Thanks for the horses and their stories. there were a couple in every photo.

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