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Mar 10, 2018 - Adios, Big Bend

We drove down the Ross Maxwell Drive to visit a couple of favorite spots: the Sam Nail Ranch and the Mule Ears Overlook. The Nail Ranch is an old homestead where Sam Nail and his wife built an adobe cabin (remnants of which remain), dug a well and put up a windmill (that is still pumping water) to keep the trees they planted alive, and survived. Must have been pretty tough folks! The wind was not blowing enough when we were there to have any water flowing, but everything around was much greener than the rest of the desert. Usually there is...

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National Parks Tour

May 6, 2016 - Davis Mountain Loop

Our last activity in the Big Bend area was to take the 74 mile scenic drive around the Davis Mountains. Both our scenic drive book and the soda fountain where we had lunch in Fort Davis had a map with landmarks to look for. We have found the roads in Texas to be excellent with wide shoulders. While the shoulders narrowed somewhat on some of this drive, the drive was enjoyable and full of mountain scenery and gigantic rock formations.

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Rocky Mountain Trip

May 5, 2016 - Big Bend National Park

On Day 2, still based in Alpine, we drove out to Big Bend National Park. The park is named for the 90 degree turn the Rio Grande River makes creating the border between Texas and Mexico. It’s 1,200 sq miles and is made up of three different Eco-systems: (1) the Chihuahuan Desert, an arid place that receives only 5" - 11" inches of rain per year and is home to 36 species of reptiles including many rattlesnakes; (2) the Chisos Mountain range which rises in the middle of the desert and is green with pine, maple and oak trees and gets around...

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May 4, 2016 - McDonald Observatory and Fort Davis

We left Austin headed to Alpine, TX. Because it is more than 400 miles, we planned a stop-over in Kerrville. Not much to do there except some grocery shopping, but the campground was great - right off the highway with easy access, wide roads and long pull-through sites. It took us 6 hours to get to Alpine, but it was a nice easy drive across I-10. I was thankful because Stephanie has us fully book during our stay..... On Day 1, we headed to the McDonald Observatory which is managed by UT - Austin and is part of the UT Astronomy program. The...

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Jan 21, 2016 - A Leisurely Day in Alpine, Texas

This is a pretty day in Alpine though a trifle windy and cool in the a.m. That's not surprising as the elevation is 4,475 feet. Add into that the low humidity of the high desert and you have a recipe for some great climate! The locals also say that every route is the scenic route. So far, we agree. After draining the coffee pot and starting some laundry, Carol and I headed into Alpine, leaving Gary to rest with his tissues and meds. Carol and I drove around Alpine, stopping to take pictures of a fraction of the beautiful murals that are...

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Jan 20, 2016 - Museum of the Big Bend

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...

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Jan 19, 2016 - Alpine, Texas

Much as we hate to go, we are leaving Big Bend National Park today and heading just a little way up the road. Besides all the great scenery and history, we've met a lot of nice folks here. There is a couple from Knoxville here in the campground and we have enjoyed our conversations with them. Our route today will take us up Highway 118 to Alpine. This was another scenic drive. Once in Alpine, we checked in at the Lost Alaskan RV Park. The park is on the north edge of town, pretty quiet, and very clean. Gary has a cold and cough, so we are...

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Mar 4, 2015 - Alpine, TX - Lost Alaskan RV Park

3/4 – 3/10/15 (7 nights) From Uvalde we headed west on Hwy 90 to Alpine, TX (approx. 275 miles, 5 hours). The weather was in the high 50s and foggy. By 8:40 am the fog had lifted. The scenery is flat with shrubs & cactus. Lots of border patrol trucks and stations as well. The only evidence of people was ranch gates every so often perpendicular to the highway. We passed Del Rio where the Rio Grande River and the Pecos river converge and stopped at the Seminole picnic area to see the Pecos River & bridge. West of the Pecos, we drove through...

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Feb 24, 2015 - El Paso, TX to Alpine, TX

Feb 20, we visited the Magoffin Home Museum in El Paso, one of the oldest surviving Adobes in El Paso built in 1877. The walls were constructed 2' thick for insulation from the extreme heat and cold the early settlers had to deal with. After the museum tour we headed SE to Alpine for an overnight at BC Ranch it was supposed to have Wi-Fi but, it didn't. Weather is still pleasant in the upper 70's. The photo is a roadside oddity we passed near Marfa, TX. We didn't know what this thing was until we learned later in Alpine. Let's see if any...

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Jan 14, 2015 - In and About Alpine, Texas

I woke up at 10 a.m. today. That's the longest I've slept since I left Coffeyville and it felt absolutely wonderful. I was beat. Besides getting up so late, it was also freezing outside, black ice predicted on the highway to Big Bend and Ft. Davis, so I decided to just stick around town and see what Alpine had to offer. The town didn't have a neighborhood I wanted to photograph. No nifty well-loved homes and no nifty old ones that I found interesting. The university is the most impressive complex in town and it also had a wonderful little...

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Jan 13, 2015 - A Visit with Judge Roy Bean

En route to my destination today, I took a turn to stop in Langtry, Texas to see Judge Roy Bean's bar where he ruled the West. I didn't expect such a well preserved complex and a wonderful information center with a beautifully designed desert garden adjoining it, but that's what I found. Preserved, embellished, managed and maintained by the Texas Highway Dept., it is one of twelve such sites they provide and protect. It was wonderful. It was a lousy day to travel with the temperature bordering freezing the whole way. My destination was 190...

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Feb 16, 2014 - Sunday worship and an owl!

Date: February 16, 2014 Weather: bright sunshine with a few high clouds Temperature: start 62º High 85º Wildlife count: Year List: 182 Birds: House Sparrow, White-winged Dove, Black-throated Sparrow, American Kestrel, European Starling, Great Horned Owl, Great-tailed Grackles We enjoyed breakfast at Penny’s Diner, a neat little place on the east side of town. We were thrilled to find a United Methodist church here in Alpine, and thoroughly enjoyed worship. At home, we worked on the RV with a few housekeeping chores, and then relaxed for...

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Going West 2014

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