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Apr 25, 2016 - Davis Mountain SP & Observatory

In April 2014 I stayed at Davis Mountain SP campground, excellent FHU sites, and visited the Davis Mountain Observatory. Took a tour of the huge telescopes and attended a 'Star Party' that night. The party was spoiled by clouds. So, this year I would try again. Got my online ticket and was ready to view, from an amphitheater, the constellations as pointed out by a astronomer using a laser. Also, view stars/planets from portable telescopes provided by astronomers/staff. This year wind gust of 50 mph with temps in the 30s just wasn't going...

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Feb 10, 2015 - The Stars at Night are Big and Bright....

The weather has been very mild. We spent a couple days in San Antonio before heading to Davis Mountain State Park. We had planned on stopping last year, but the weather was bitter cold. It has been dropping in the 40's at night and days in the 70's. The big attraction in the Davis Mountains is the McDonald Observatory. The state park is remote and the wildlife is abundant. When we were parking our motorhome there was a Mule deer watching us. Actually it was standing next to the picnic table. As we pulled in, I thought I would have to get...

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Sep 22, 2014 - Coming to You From the Top of a Mountain

Sometimes the internet still seems magical to me. We are in a state park in the mountains in West Texas and have no cell service or internet service so we've driven up a scenic drive to the end where we can get both. And so I'm posting these entries on top of a mountain near Fort Davis, Texas. It's amazing to me that without wires I'm sending photos and words to a server somewhere and you can read it. Named for Jefferson Davis, these mountains are beautiful. The climate is dry and desert like but we are still getting showers and last night...

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Apr 19, 2014 - Davis Mountains SP

One of the many benefits from participating on the NuWa Forum is sharing knowledge and experiences with fellow RVers. I found out about Davis Mountains State Park under the section 'Favorite Campgrounds & RV Parks'. All are listed by State, Town, or Area. Mater of fact, the Forum is were I found out about Azalea Acres, were I spent the Winter. DMSP was a perfect location and facility to set up camp while visiting McDonald Observatory and Ft. Davis National Historic Park. Most SPs do not have Full Hook-Ups(Water/Electric/Sewer), this park...

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Apr 23, 2013 - Lazy Dazers Rally at Davis Mountains State Park

TUESDAY Today I didn’t have a very long drive so I was in no hurry. I arrived at my campsite about noon. Tonight we had finger foods and caught up on everyone’s latest news. We don’t have a very large group this time but we do have two new couples. We are happy to have them. Later this evening I went with Warren and Peggy Hallbauer to the McDonald Observatory for the Star Party. First, we saw a film about the night sky. Then our guide took us outside for a discussion of the moon, seasonal planets and deep sky objects. He used a laser...

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Apr 10, 2012 - Davis Mountains State Park

Well, we made it to Davis Mountains State Park, after passing through Marfa. We planned on staying for free at the "Marfa Lights Viewing Center", but I just didn't feel safe. It's all by itself, with no lights or phone, right off of 90. To make the situation more unsafe, you're forced to park next to the road, there's no access to the rear, in order to park out of view. So, it was off to Marfa where there didn't seem to be anyplace to park where we wouldn't attract alot of attention. It was a nice little town, so we walked around, took a...

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Mar 26, 2011 - Davis Mtn. State Park

Drove down into Davis Mtn. State Park and after settling in joined Jeff Hemming & Nancy Robinson, our Park Hosts here, for dinner at the Lodge in the park. Thursday, March 24, 2011. Great day, totally laid back. Went for a walk in the a.m. Spent the afternoon building bird feeders out of Clamato Juice bottles and watching the “feeders” at Jeff & Nancy's. Nights cool right down into the low 40's F and the days are very warm. Discovered last night that Brenda's side of the electric blanket is “kaput” – too bad! Friday, March 25, 2011. Drove...

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Mar 26, 2009 - Fort Davis

Visited the National Historic site of Fort Davis (named for Jefferson Davis, Secertary of the Army at the time) this morning, neat place. It is one of the best remaining examples of an Army fort from the time of the Indian wars, mid 1800's. Large fort that protected the settlers moving west along the San Antonio-El Paso trail. Original fort was built in the 1850's and many of the current, restored buildings were built in the 1880's. Wants you to go back and read the history of this time period, here is an excellent book if you are...

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Mar 25, 2009 - Balmorhea

Went to the McDonald Observatory last evening for their Star Party. Was overcast when the event began so we had about one hour in the theater which was very enjoyable, they have some very high tech computer gear to see the universe. The sky cleared enough that we got to go outside and look through a few of the public viewing telescopes. Had a clear view of Saturn with it's rings and one of the developing stars in the Orion's Belt. The night sky up there is unbelievable, no city lights to ruin the view plus the altitude and clear air, really...

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Mar 24, 2009 - Bik'n & Hik'n

Cooking out steaks and potatoes last night on the grill and Arnold went on full alert, two Javelina's were about 20 feet away, just walked out of the grass, I asked them to leave and they did, but they did wander back about an hour later while we were sitting outside. Of course the camera was inside, so no photos. We took the bikes to town this morning and saw most of Ft. Davis in about an hour. I decided to try one of the hiking trails again this afternoon and made it to the top. Was only about one mile up, but the elevation gain made it...

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Mar 23, 2009 - Antelope Playing

Did the scenic/wildlife viewing trip today and saw more Antelope than cars---most of the spring break crowd are gone and the area is pretty empty until after Memorial Day. Visited the McDonald Observatory (largest mirror in a telescope--30 meters---3 stories wide) and plan on going back tomorrow night for the Star Party. 40mph+ winds today, but sunny and in the 70's, humidity of 5%.

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Mar 22, 2009 - Views

Spent the last two days around the park, except for a quick shopping trip and Mass this morning in Ft. Davis. Tried hiking and mountain biking yesterday, but both trails were a little much for us old folks. Will look for some friendlier areas tomorrow. Both trails were rock strewn and very steep, a fall from the bike would hurt, especially if you managed to find the cactus. Lots of birds we have never seen, spend a lot of time looking them up. This is high desert and not the same as Colorado, very dry and the colors of the scenery show....

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