Blue People, Red State - Winter 2010 travel blog







This is the kind of driving day we like. After 80 uneventful miles through arid ranch land and the town of Alpine, we find ourselves at Davis Mountains State Park. We originally had wanted to camp in Alpine, but it is a university town and this weekend the Cowboy Poetry Slam is taking place there. When I called to make a reservation, I was told that people come for weeks ahead of time to this event. Poetry. Go figure.

In the summer Texans come to this area to escape the heat. Ft. Davis is the highest town in Texas at 5,050 feet. It's much greener here with pine, juniper and oak trees. It might not be the best spot to wait out the snowstorm that is about to go by, but the forecasters say that it will last less than 24 hours and the temperatures will go back into the high 50's. That's a snowstorm we can handle.

The state park here is especially nice and making us glad that we didn't stay in Alpine. The sites are spacious and have all the utilities we require, picnic tables, shelters, fire pits, and we even have cable TV so we can keep an eye on that local weather forecast. And the views of the surrounding hillside are mighty fine as well. The CCC built a picturesque adobe lodge here for the non campers.

When the snow stops we plan to check out the McDonald Observatory and a nearby fort and take a scenic drive through the Davis Mountains. Hope those forecasters know what they are talking about.

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