Sul Ross State University is located on a hill overlooking Alpine, Texas. The beautiful campus was sun-drenched the morning we arrived. The university is home to The Museum of the Big Bend which showcases a good cross section of both natural and human history concerning the area.
Entering the museum, a life-sized pterosauer lurks over head. With a wingspan of approximately 36 to 39 feet, pterosauers were possibly the largest flying creatures of all time and once inhabited Big Bend. Pressing on, there are exhibits about the Native Americans who lived in the area for thousands of years, and finally the Europeans and Spaniards. We were also treated to some beautiful artwork. There is no admission-donations only.
After sustaining ourselves with a great lunch at Penny's Diner, we headed north out of town on Highway 118 up to Ft. Davis and then the scenic loop, Highway 166. The terrain did not disappoint and we were treated to another lovely drive. There were even a few dabs of snow up in the taller mountains. We made a stop at the McDonald Observatory only to find they just show the film twice daily, and it was already 30 minutes into the program. We did opt and pay to see the Visitor Center. Many of the exhibits were not functioning, so we were disappointed in that whole stop. We finished our drive and made our way back to Alpine. Gary is still under the weather, so we have decided to stay at the Lost Alaskan for one more day.