Alpine and Fort Davis, Texas
Apr 9, 2009
|Marilyn & I went to bed with the windows open last night. The elevation here at Alpine is just under 5000’ so the temperatures are a bit cooler than at lower elevations. That made for great sleeping!
We were sleeping great until 2:00 AM when we were awakened by a strong wind blowing in the open windows.
The wind was just getting started and, even though we got up and closed the window which had the most wind coming through, the wind just continued to get stronger and was rocking the RV by the time we got up around 7:00 AM.
We had the usual morning coffee and then went to find the bakery we had heard so much about, for breakfast. We need to say “Thanks” to Mike for the heads up about the “Bread and Breakfast”, which is a great place to eat. He also mentioned another place called “Texas Fusion”, but I’ll get to that later.
Marilyn ordered biscuits and sausage gravy for breakfast while I had a cowboy breakfast of two eggs, bacon, 1 biscuit with sausage gravy, and grits. Both of us were delighted!
I tried to get a couple of the freshly baked cinnamon rolls we had seen in the display case, but they were gone by the time we finished our breakfast. Maybe we’ll have better luck tomorrow.
The wind picked up all day, blowing at 30 to 35 mph with gusts to 55 mph. The dust reduced the visibility and made things uncomfortable outdoors.
We chose to drive up to Fort Davis to explore the small town and to visit the old Cavalry Fort.
One of the guys who worked for me at Goddard Space Center had worked in Fort Davis, at the observatory, for 40 years or so. We had tried to locate him and discovered that he is retired and has moved to San Marcos.
One of the residents told me that Windy and George had mentioned me often and the lady felt that she knew me because of that.
My friend Windell, known as Windy, has moved away, but his friend and hunting buddy, George, is now the County Judge. Marilyn & I walked to the courthouse to meet George, but he was in a meeting. I left our business card with his secretary and later spoke with the judge on the phone. He promised to try to get the phone number and e-mail address for my friend, and to get that information to me.
When Marilyn & I visited the old Cavalry Fort, we enjoyed that tour very much.
You may look up the history of the Fort on the internet, and I urge you to do so, if you have any interest in the history of the Indians and the Cavalry in the old west.
Marilyn & I returned to Alpine and relaxed as much as the wind and rocking of the RV would allow.
We spoke to Jennifer and Colby several times on the phone, during the afternoon, before I took Marilyn into town for dinner at the “Texas Fusion”.
What a good place to eat in Alpine! Debbie, our waitress, was friendly and efficient, placing chips and salsa on the table at the same time as she brought our drinks. I had a 32oz Mason Jar full of ice and sweet tea! That was the perfect choice to accompany my selection of “Pit Master Nachos“, with beans, smoked brisket, pulled pork, cheese and jalapenos. It was yummy!!
I hesitated in ordering, thinking that the steak fingers should be the choice, and we may have to return to try that. I made a great choice with the nachos and had plenty to bring home for later.
Some time back, I mentioned in this blog, that I had read a great book about the Texas Rangers, called “One Ranger”, loaned to me by Jerry Bertelsen.
Several days ago, I found the sequel, called “One Ranger returns”.
My plan is to read the book and then mail it to Jerry.
Yesterday, in reading the book, I discovered that the author, a retired Texas Ranger, lives here in Alpine.
I will make sure to carry his book around with me and hope to meet him before we leave, to ask if he would autograph the book.
We have pictures of his home but I will not post them here, out of respect for his privacy.
Those two books are very good reads if you have an interest in the adventures of a Texas Ranger.
So now we are in for the evening. The wind had died down to a steady 10 to 15 mph breeze and “Survivor” is coming on TV.
I have pictures to download and post for you.
We look forward to a good night of sleep tonight and can’t wait to see what adventures tomorrow has in store…..