You can find me two places today. One is as a guest on my author friend JQ Rose’s blog. Hope you’ll stop by. http://www.jqrose.com/2016/05/romance-readers-want-to-know-mystery.html
And of course, here.
Last weekend Thursday through Monday we traveled with our friends on our Spring Break trip To Fort Davis, Texas. Yes, I know it was in May and not March, the more traditional time for a spring break trip. The couple that picked the location had researched and found this was the best time to visit the MacDonald Observatory.
So that’s when we made the trip.
Massive Windmill Farms
Sun Dial outside the Observatory. Even though it was cloudy for our Star Party, this was still an outstanding part of the trip.
From Fort Worth in north central Texas to Fort Davis in far southwest Texas is approximately an 8 hour trip. That’s a long time to ride. My hip joints really complained. We rode with one of the couples, and we stopped three times, but still…. When we climbed out of the car at our destination, can you say walking-like-an-old-woman?
Wonderful porch, open on the front, enclosed on the sides.
Our destination was the Limpia Hotel on the main street of Fort Davis, which really has an old fort. The National Parks Service has done a wonderful job restoring the complex and providing info about how and when it was used.
Unique mountains behind officers’ quarters.
One day we drove to Marfa—farther west—home of the Marfa Lights http://www.livescience.com/37579-what-are-marfa-lights-texas.html to take in a very unusual outdoor modern art museum. Marfa desert
Though we were prepared with water bottles, close-toed shoes, hats, and sun screen, this was a very hot exercise. Some people are not bothered by heat, but I’m not one of those. I don’t think anyone else in our group was particularly uncomfortable, but I was dying. I found a shady spot where the breeze could cool the sweat pouring off my body and watched a bird glide on the wind.
Marfa reminds me of Texas in the 50s.
I think I’ve said this here before, but I’m not a very nice person when I get overly hot and can’t cool off. I admit to being a witch with the letter b in front. (I don’t ever use the b-word.) My hat is off to my comrades who put up with me. Thanks for being my friends. 🙂
So when the group planned to drive Sunday to Big Bend (2 ½ hours there and 2/12 hours back, plus several hours there and walking around in the hot desert), I opted out. One of the great things about our group is we do allow each other to pick and choose of the various activities on our trips. We had another 8 hours in the car facing us on Monday. I chose not to spend two days in the car. I got the benefit of their pics without all the effort. 🙂 Rio Grande. Mexico on the left. US on the right. Looks like we already have a wall. 🙂
Besides, I finally had enough time to make my laptop and the Internet work, so I could catch up on emails, which I hadn’t looked at in days, and FB, and my blog from last Thursday.
Wanted to work here, but had no connection on the porch. Had to work inside. Still a lovely place.
Rock shop where I bought a 1 lb piece of turquoise for moi. 🙂
I walked the town four times (kind of like walking Charley) to make sure I got in all my steps. Shopped for thank you gifts for people at home and read some besides working on the computer. And I began a new book, just “pantsing” it. Odd for me but I got down 4 1/2 pages of a witness protection story. I guess I was inspired by the location. All in all, a very nice day.
The move begins tomorrow. Supposed to be clear after a somewhat rainy week. Fingers crossed.
Have you ever been to the Big Bend area of Texas? Or other wilderness parts of our country? What’s your experience? Love to hear from you.
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