A century ago, most travelers had no choice but to explore the world by foot, unless, of course, they were rich enough to own a Wonkavator. With that in mind, they probably would appreciate visiting the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum—a facility that, in a sense, lets guests cover 26,000 square miles on foot in one visit. But that’s not the only big number behind the museum’s operation: it also houses more than 2 million artifacts, spanning 14,000 years of the region’s history. Inside, guests can marvel at themed displays, including those that showcase the Plains’ roots in paleontology, archeology, and petroleum. They can also relive the hardships and courage of living in the Old West while plodding through a life-size Pioneer Town.
The West Texas A&M Lady Buffs have their sights set on making a second-half run to climb the Lone Star Conference rankings. Cheer on the squad, led by senior Megan McLain and junior Jamie Simmons, as they drain three-pointers, posterize defenders with tomahawk high fives, and put dazed opponents in a deep slumber with hypnotic dribbling. Upon the conclusion of the women's hard-fought sweat swap, basketball aficionados and fans super glued to their seats can stick around as the men's team takes the court to show off their high-flying athleticism and Charles Barkley impersonations. Led by seniors Jacquiese Holcombe and LaDarius Hall, this dream team–composed of players with the ability to dream and be part of a team–has already posted 13 victories heading into division play, and is hoping to inflict its dominance on opposing teams as fans clap in approval, shout out random lottery numbers, and melt the flesh of opposing fans with flaming foam fingers.
"TEXAS" is the most spectacular outdoor musical drama in the world. Set in the majesty of the Palo Duro Canyon, visitors from all over the world come every summer to witness the story of those first settlers in the Texas panhandle. Bring the entire family and enjoy fantastic singing, dancing, and fireworks galore!
Novice calorie burners and ripped Michelangelo models alike can benefit from a one-month membership at Anytime Fitness, which equips active bodies with enough treadmills, cycles, elliptical machines, and weights to make them robust enough to run a marathon inside of a swimming pool filled with mud. A free fitness orientation, offered to each new member, helps determine an optimal fat-frying and muscle-mass-magnifying program, while schooling workout novices on proper form and equipment use. Anytime Fitness's open schedule makes sure you have no excuses to not get in shape—unlike its competitor, Nevertime Fitness, which only opens its single Barrow, Alaska, location during solar eclipses.
Head trainer Jeff Cox—a certified instructor and nutrition counselor at Zach’s Club 54—believes that fitness is about more than just the body, stating that “fitness is a positive approach to life incorporating physical, mental, social, emotional, and spiritual aspects…” This rounded approach to well-being pervades throughout the 35,000-square-foot facility, which cultivates a fun and communal atmosphere to workout, socialize, compete, and play within. Cutting-edge strength-training equipment from brands such as Precor and Hammerstrength bolster muscle mass, a well-stocked cardio theater entertains while quickening heartbeats, three racquetball courts host matches between friends, and an indoor pool welcomes both lap-minded exercises and splash-happy tots. A specialized cycling room and a 2,000-square-foot fitness studio—which houses an array of instructor-led group classes such as yoga, BodyCombat, and Turbo Kick—also send sweat glands into overdrive. A trio of personal trainers, which collectively boast NGA and ISSA certification, stands by to help willing exercisers formulate and achieve individual fitness goals.
Before donning sweatbands and inflatable muscle suits in the locker room, parents can drop kids off at the toy- and media-equipped child waiting area staffed by CPR-certified attendants.
Since 1965, the devoted team at The Colony Frame and Gallery has helped locals protect and artfully display their most precious photographs, paintings, prints, and more. Two certified picture framers administer the shop's framing services, using their extensive experience to find the most ideal ends to each client's distinctive framing endeavors. Launch the personalized process by stopping in the store with project ideas, questions, gravy, or other enclosure-seeking substances tucked inside your fedora. Clients can peruse an extensive stock of mounting materials for inspiration or talk with a knowledgeable employee about a custom-designed and handcrafted frame for hard-earned diplomas or prized chat-room transcripts.