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Feb 28, 2014 - Balmorhea

I knew that Balmorhea had a spring, and I was envisioning a lovely Oasis in the West Texas desert. Unfortunately, that was not the case where the RV sites were. Although they included cable TV with water and electricity, the ground was nothing but hard scrabble rock and dirt with nary a tree to be seen. Our original plan was to stay here for 3 days if we liked it, but even with cable TV and a decent internet signal, I was not ready for 3 days in the desert again, particularly with the weather starting to heat up. We had already paid for...

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Feb 24, 2011 - movin on to Texas

Thursday, February 24, 2011 Presidents Day passed just fine thank you. El Presidente’ Brenda and her pip squeek VP Terry arrived Sunday after a harrowing flight out from Minneapolis. Well I guess the flight wasn’t too harrowing but getting on an airplane was. A big storm was abrewin in the midwest and destined to hit the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport before they flew out. So now that Northwest Airlines has been taken over by Delta, based in Atlanta, Georgia, those weenies canceled their flight several hours before it was scheduled to take...

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Feb 26, 2010 - Balmorhea State Park

After two weeks in arid desert, coming to the oasis that is Balmorhea State Park was a shock to the system. Here in the middle of the dryness, an underground spring pumps a million gallons an hour out of a fault in the limestone covering a huge underground aquifer. Because the water comes from a fixed distance underground and is moving so rapidly, it is always 72º on the surface. This torrent has been channeled into the world's largest spring fed swimming pool, an amazing sight in the desert. Things were quiet here today, since swimming in...

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Nov 17, 2009 - Las Cruces & Balmorhea State Park

After leaving Benson, Arizona, we moved quickly making two quick overnight stops to make some time. The first stop was Las Cruces, New Mexico where we stayed at Sunny Acres RV Park. Since it was just for one night, we weren't too picky so chose it because it accepted our Passport America membership giving us 50% off the $32 daily rate. We got in rather late so didn't do any touring in town, but we did go out for dinner at a Mexican Restaurant that came highly recommended by Kenny & Bernice who we visited while at Benson. The place was...

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Nov 1, 2009 - Last Stop in Texas

We camped our last night at Balmorhea, a beautiful state park that is an oasis in the desert. What is most unusual is that a huge swimming was built in the park using the San Solomon Spring. The pool holds 3.5 millions gallons of water. One million gallons of water flow through it every hour and then continue on in the form of a river. The water temperature of the pool is always about 75 degrees. Most of the pool is 20 feet deep. It was November 1 and we were able to enjoy swimming in the pool. The day was warm and dry. We shared the water...

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Jan 27, 2009 - Balmorhea, TX

We stopped here just for one night. This is a nice Texas state park north of Big Bend National Park and still, out in the middle of nowhere! We did pass Fort Davis and saw a range of beautiful scenery on our way here. The reason we picked this state park over Fort Davis state park is because it holds on of the country's largest natural, spring-fed swimming pools! The water is a consistent temperature (around 76 degrees) year-round because it is naturally heated from the rocks below. Granted, the air temperature was 29 degrees when we...

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Feb 1, 2008 - Balmorhea

We did spend one night in New Mexico at an RV park in Deming but our intent was to get to Texas. Mostly because we really like it (that might be more me talking then J/Kat) but also because when last in Texas we found that the state sold annual park passes to cover entrance fees and they included some discount coupons for overnight camping. We knew we might not get our monies worth the last trip but we decided to take a chance. This trip we have made up the cost of our pass and then some. But before we did we almost got blown off the road...

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May 3, 2007 - Balmorhea State Park

We left early knowing we'd need to make a few stops today for Stephan's conference calls. Stephan took his last call in Fort Stockton and I picked up a few groceries. I thank God that I don't have to live here. We decided that the flat harsh terrain in this area would be an excellent place to build some large prisons. Felons could be relocated here from prisons situated on prime real estate in our cities. We decided if the prisons were out here, escapees would have to address coyotes, rattlesnakes etc. before returning to civilization. We'd...

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Feb 24, 2007 - Booty-bump Showers

I sorta' feel like today has been that day for which Anne Murray wishes in the line of her song "A Little Good News", where she speaks of the ideal of the newspapers not having anything to write about. Not to correlate our life & recent days in any way with the bad news which she bemoans throughout the song; rather, the day has been a very quiet one, except for the continuation of the very strong, gusty winds that have blown all night & all day. The ranger with whom I spoke this morning said that these winds are an annual event, to...

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We're Wingin' It

Feb 22, 2007 - Traveling to Balmorhea

Today was a day of traveling, from Big Bend National Park sitting on the Mexican border to Balmorhea State Park sitting 3-4 miles south of I-10, 193 miles east of El Paso & 43 miles south of Pecos, Texas. Tonight has been a night of getting caught-up on several fronts from not having had access to the internet for a week. Specific to this journal, I have posted entries for the past few days & posted photos for those days as well as a few others for which I had already posted entries. Since I have added a fair amount of new "stuff" tonight,...

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We're Wingin' It

Nov 21, 2003 - Balmorhea State Park and Swimming Pool

I walked around Balmorhea State Park and enjoyed seeing the huge swimming pool and the fall foliage. Balmorhea State Park is located on 45.9 acres in the foothills of the Davis Mountains about four miles southwest of Balmorhea in Reeves County. Built by the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in the early 1930s, the park was deeded in 1934 by private owners and Reeves County Water Improvement District No. 1. The park was opened in 1968. The 77,053-square-foot San Solomon Spring is the focal point of Balmorhea State Park. From 22 to 28...

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