Can’t believe I’ve been in Texas for 8 days now. Tomorrow may prove to be my last day in the big ole state. El Paso is 189 miles from here and that’s about a day of driving for me. I'd like to make Las Cruces but I'll see how I feel tomorrow.
Landed at Balmorhea State Park six miles south of I-10. There are just a few other rigs. It is eerily silent. But I can get used to it.
It was nice to arrive at my camping spot early for a change. At 3:00 rather than 4:30. I’m not rushed hook up, do chores, snap some pics, grab a shower, and make dinner.The campground is partially-ringed by the Barilla Mountains at 6,000 – 7,000 ft. elevation which make for a lovely backdrop.
|Remnants of the 8 inches of snow that fell here while I was in Austin|
Fort Davis lies only 50 miles south, but my visit to the McDonald Observatory will have to wait as I’m on a mission to reach Quartzsite in the next several days.
Though interstate driving will never be my first choice, I have to say that I-10 west of Austin makes it fairly pain-free. Sharon reassured me this would be so and she was right. It’s a lonely highway. For long stretches of time, you won’t see any other vehicles, eastbound or westbound. I probably passed 2 semis today. And the surface is in great shape.
I’ve enjoyed the vast miles of plateau mixed with mesas, buttes, and cliffs (even though I’m here during the “brown” season).Stopped at a rest stop for lunch (I was the only one there).
That was about the time the wind picked up and required 2 hands on the wheel. Stopped again at the small town of Ft. Stockton for groceries and gasoline.I opted for a non-cable site thinking I would get good reception with the antenna, but I’m picking up no channels. I had planned to watch the National Championship game tonight.
During check-in, I discussed the match-up with the state park employee. He told me I could move to a cable site and let them know in the morning. But I’m settled in now and don’t feel like moving. Plus my current site, with its unobstructed view to the west of the dramatic mountains, should provide quite a show come sunset.
And I have a strong wi-fi signal, so I’ll use the time to catch up on internet stuff.
Go Irish !!!