When we had family and friends in town last spring, we were trying to come up with fun things to do in Lubbock. It was the first time in Texas for most of them, so we had a whole list of stuff we could do while they were here: local restaurants (including, of course, Tex-Mex), a trip to the gun range, smoked ribs in our backyard, a tour of Texas Tech, hanging out at the leisure pool, visiting the Buddy Holly Center, and doing lots of shopping. I think they probably most enjoyed our day trip to Amarillo which included a jeep tour of Palo Duro Canyon, lunch at the Big Texan, and photo opps at the Cadillac Ranch. As I was working during the week, we stayed within city limits on most of those days. For one of my lunch breaks, we picked up a whole bunch of burritos from Freebirds and met for a picnic at Prairie Dog Town in MacKenzie Park. Prairie Dog Town is kind of a weird place. You drive through the park for a little bit until you reach a big parking lot (not very scenic :)). And when you think, that your GPS probably betrayed you and this dry patch of land couldn’t possibly be your destination, you spot the first prairie dogs and start snapping pictures of the cute critters 🙂 I’m sure this is far from their natural habitat what with people feeding the little animals their leftovers and ice from their drinks and all, but it’s also kind of cute to see hundreds of little prairie dogs up close running around, standing in the sun, and looking around. They really aren’t shy and come very close to the walls too. I wouldn’t make a trip to Lubbock to visit this place, but if you’re in town anyways, you might as well drive out and see it. When we were there in May, there were a ton of baby prairie dogs and they were super-cute. We just sat down on the low walls that surround Lubbock Prairie Dog Down, enjoyed our lunch and the great weather while watching the little prairie dogs do their thing. Nice change of pace for a lunch break!
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