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Aug 10, 2017 - Fort Davis

Aug 10, 2017, West Texas, dry, hot, few if any trees, mostly shrub, cactus, desolate. I see no cattle or livestock of any kind. Towns are mainly just along the highway. We have to stop at an inspection station The only question asked is are we U.S citizens? No problem, the dog however looked more than ready to go to work. We have just left Alpine, Texas and the scenery has changed, We now have higher hills, bigger boulders and taller trees. Fort Davis is on a high plateau, lots of grass and now herds of cows. We are staying at the...

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Off to Indianapolis

Sep 25, 2015 - Carlsbad, NM to Davis Mountains State Park, TX

We had a fairly short & uneventful drive from Carlsbad to Davis Mtns State Park. All of the oil activity between Carlsbad, NM & Pecos, TX was really interesting. We were on small state highways with the exception of 2 miles on I-10. The Davis Mountains are a beautiful area & this state park is great. As we were setting up the trailer, we spotted a mule deer doe grazing in the brush near our campsite & took that as a welcome to her territory. Ha! Lots of birds & lizards here, too. We're looking forward to exploring this area in the next...

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Apr 3, 2015 - Fort Davis, TX

We had reserved tickets for a "Star Party" at the observatory at 9:15pm, so had the day to drive around and see the local scenery. We paid the $6 apiece to enter the Davis Mountain State Park and drive the scenic Skyline Drive, which was recommended by one of our neighbors in the campground. We were not disappointed. The road winds around the mountain with hairpin turns and several scenic overlooks. Unfortunately, it was a rather hazy day, but the views were still very pretty. We saw a little wildlife as well. On the way back to the...

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2015 Southwest Trip

Apr 2, 2015 - McDonald Observatory, Fort Davis, TX

We started out this morning watching our neighbor, a young woman probably in her 30s who was traveling by herself, hook up her Airstream trailer to her big Toyota Tundra truck in preparation for departure with as much precision as any experienced camper we have ever seen. We were both quite impressed. At Big Bend we overheard a conversation between another 30-something young woman and a park ranger. She was discussing her plans to spend a week hiking in the back country by herself. The park requires you to get a permit informing them of...

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2015 Southwest Trip

Apr 18, 2014 - McDonald Observatory

The McDonald Observatory was originally endowed by the Texas banker William Johnson McDonald (1844–1926), who left $850,000 - the bulk of his fortune -to the University of Texas to endow an astronomical observatory. UT at that time didn't even have an Astrology Department, now they had the funs but no knowledge. The University of Chicago had the knowledge, but no funs. Didn't take long before these two got together. The site would be in the remote Davis Mountains of West Texas. The high and dry peaks of the Davis Mountains make for some of...

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2014 RV Adventure

Apr 14, 2014 - Fort Davis, Texas

Just here for the night after visiting Big Bend National Park. Staying at the Fort Davis Drug Store and Hotel which is an old historic and quaint place. Restaurant and soda fountain on the first floor with rooms on second. Wonderful "fire escape" (I guess that's what its supposed to be) off the balcony at the end of the hall. Just a simple extension ladder about 30 or 40 feet long leaning against the railing! No kidding! Pray for no fire!!! Got a couple pics of it but not great... Ann not happy with the smell of the comforter on the bed....

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2014 Southwest Trip

Sep 29, 2013 - Fort Davis, 9-13

On the 23rd we left our place at El Viaje in Medina for a trip to Fort Davis, TX. Fort Davis was in fact a military outpost created to protect travelers between San Antonio and El Paso and included the '49ers as they headed west to find gold. One of many great things about Fort Davis is that it is the city at the highest elevation in Texas. As we watched the weather in anticipation of our trip, it was continually 10 degrees lower than we were experiencing in Medina and it has been while we've been here. We've had to wear long pants in the...

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Feb 23, 2013 - Fort Davis, TX

2/23/13, SaturdayOur drive today was through West Texas. We went from flat to mountainous. Robin did some of the driving today. She is becoming a pro driver. Fort Davis is located in the Davis Mountains and is the site of one of the best preserved/restored old cavalry forts in the USA. We stayed in the Davis Mountains State Park on the recommendation of David & Ann. It was a very nice park and we met lots of very friendly people. (Hi to Bert, David and the Saskatchewan couple.) 2/24/13, SundayThis morning we toured the Fort Davis Historical...

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2013 USA Trip

Feb 6, 2013 - Day 205 - Fort Davis, Texas

Today was supposed to be a lazy day to catch up after our busy last week. That lasted until 11:00 am then Garry was stir crazy so we went on a walking tour of town, which has been here since the mid-1800`s. Old homes, public buildings and schools and then we continued walking into the Fort Davis Historical Site. This was a fort during the Indian Wars and before the Civil War. Some of the buildings have been restored and they are working on others. Four hours later we stumbled back to the bus to continue our lazy day.

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The Wandering Nunns

Feb 5, 2013 - Day 204 - to Fort Davis, Texas

We headed north today past Alpine to Fort Davis. We booked tickets to go to the Star Party at the MacDonald Observatory for tonight. We took a campsite at Overland RV PArk right in Fort Davis for two nights. We headed out to get lunch and found an old fashioned Cafe in the Drugstore - Art Gallery a couple of blocks from us. It is jam-packed with antiques and old-fashioned posters and signs. We headed back to the so I could do laundry and Garry could get groceries and have a nap before our evening adventure. We headed up the mountain to...

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The Wandering Nunns

Jan 1, 2013 - Fort Davis Area

Made a trip to Marfa and Alpine Texas, they are about 25 miles form Fort Davis, while in Alpine saw a Mural on a building, checked it out and saw a picture of Dan Blocker,Hoss, this was his hometown. The Marfa area is know for unknown lights in the sky some nights, they have been checked out and no one has an explanation as to what they are, we have not seen them, haven't been there at night. Took another ride out route 17, went across Wild Rose Pass, a beautiful drive, no Roses this time of year, this Pass was the Stage Coach rode between...

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Apr 11, 2012 - Ft Davis & the Davis Mountains

Sat 4/7 We took a day trip north to the town of Ft Davis and visited the fort there by that name (I guess visiting old military installations has become a recurring theme!). The NPS has invested heavily in this historic site. The Fort was built in a box canyon along Limpia Creek just east of the Davis Mountains. It, as with many other forts of the era in the SW, lay in ruins for years following the abandonment by the Army in 1891and a long period of use by various individuals and private entities. It was a key fort during the Indian Wars...

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