I recently found myself trying to come up with something to do on a weekend with the kids. The weather was crap; it was cold and windy. I needed something to do, indoors, that wouldn't necessarily break the bank. I am, after all, a writer/personality on a budget.

Thank you to the person who recommended the flea market. It's a magical place. No, really. If you haven't been, you should go. Here's why.

You And The Kids Are Going To Get A Lot Of Exercise...

...and you'll get a lot of work in on honing your reflexes. You can't be sluggish and dodge all of the people perusing the various stands that haunt the guts of T Anchor Flea Market. One lazy moment and you're likely to catch a toddler's forehead in your kneecap. Be aware.

Also, it's massive. I was shocked, honestly, at how much...stuff...they're able to cram in there. You're welcome to laugh when I tell you that I got lost somewhere in what I imagine to be the "middle" of the building.

We walked a lot. Walking means burning energy, and burning energy means we all had a decent bed time that night.

There's Honestly Something For Everyone

The variety was another aspect of the flea market that caught me off guard. I guess I never thought about the possibility of there being so much. I issued a challenge to the kids. Instead of toys, get something to eat that you've never had before.

My toddler wound up carrying a bag of chicharrones that was about half his size. He ate half the bag before we made it home.

Everyone else got candy. Surprise, surprise.

It's Indoors So Mother Nature Is Free To Throw Her Tantrums

Best part. Hands down. It's indoors. Yeah, there may not be much that I was interested in purchasing, but for the love of all that is sane...it's indoors. No wind. No cold. In fact, the heaters they have in there are intense. Careful standing directly underneath them. You'll break a sweat.

I don't have many complaints outside of the congestion in some areas of the flea market. There's also way too many of those toy guns that make tons of noise and light up. Makes it hard to get through there with a toddler without getting one, which I suppose is the point.

I can't believe it took me almost ten years to finally go see what it's all about. People talk about it all the time. It's worth a trip out there, even if you aren't looking to make a purchase. It's fun to walk around aimlessly and see all the random odds and ends.

Amarillo and Canyon Farmer's Markets

Amarillo and Canyon have some great community and farmers' markets.

They take place in the summer into early fall. It's an opportunity to find fresh produce, one-of-a-kind items, jams, jellies, bread, and more.

If you haven't had a chance to visit you should.

Canyon Farmers Market - Square in Canyon
Saturdays 8am-12pm

Amarillo Community Market - 1000 S. Polk St.
Saturdays 8am - 12:30pm

Golden Spread Farmers Market - 3701 Plains Blvd. Parking Lot
Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays from 7 am until sell out.
Early in the season of this market produce is scarce as the season moves on and crops are harvested, you'll see more and more of your favorite veggies.

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I love Google. It can literally answer ANYTHING you need it to answer. Whether it's right or wrong is a totally different question.

Recently, I found myself wondering about something and went to Google. And that's when I started noticing the "people also asked..." section and BOY...Some of them made perfect sense, some of them were interesting, and one of them was downright baffling...and it was a top 10 question which is even more absurd.

So let's see what we've got. Here's the top 10 questions as asked to Google about Amarillo.

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