Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Fort Davis National Historic Site

Today I toured this interesting National Park site.  This former frontier military post was used from the 1850s to the 1890s.  The primary purpose of the fort was to provide protection for settlers and escorts for wagons trains and coaches.

Parade Ground.  I kept thinking of "F Troop".

Ft. Davis was considered a desirable post due to the temperate climate and the surrounding beauty of the Davis Mountain range. 

View between Officers' Quarters.  Buildings were constructed using adobe, rock, and wood. 

Two-story Officers' Quarters
Enlisted Men's Barracks
The Commissary
Each building is being lovingly restored by the National Park Service.  A good use, IMO, of our tax dollars. 
Last night I stayed at Davis Mtn. State Park.  Opted for the full hook-ups which felt luxurious indeed.  At one point, I had all the lights on in the GDB.  Because I could!

Speaking of lights, here is the string of LED bulbs that someone put in the free-pile at the Rubber Tramp Rendevous.  I installed 3M Command hooks to hold them in place.  I love 'em!

I saw this deer at  a nearby dude ranch. 

And these Javelina were calmly grazing away as I was filling my water tanks this AM.  I still can't get over how large they are.

They never looked up. 

The revised forecast for tonight's Star Party has improved.  Partly cloudy skies, no rain, lows in the 40s. 

Can't wait! 


  1. I looked at that picture of the enlisted men's barracks and though how often we complain that our RVs are parked too close together. Isn't perspective wonderful? :)

  2. I like the idea of putting up those tiny lights inside the Good Deal Bus. Good Deal indeed for you! I might get some myself.

    I've picked up a few things on the road. Not literally "on the road" of course, but a really nice crocheted baby blanket for Katie and three good welcome mats for outside. I saw them at the store recently and they weren't cheap! Sisal with bound edges. Nice! I guess they didn't suit the first owner's purpose and they left them in an RV park's laundry room with a note - FREE. Yes! :)

    1. The lights are so functional too. They give me ambient light that I so badly need. All my other lights are more "task-oriented" and very focused. These just give off a soft glow.

  3. Only free thing I found was at the Loners on Wheels headquarters in Deming, NM... a Bears tee shirt. :)

  4. Great pics Kimmer ! And ya gotta love FREE !

  5. Hi Kim from Don and Terry, your neighbors last night. You should be able to see our little blog from my ID here, I'm hoping.

    1. Hi Don and Terry! How did you enjoy the star party tonight? What an experience! Look forward to checking out your blog!

    2. Hi Kim! We definitely enjoyed the star party. With no clouds and no moon, I'm guessing it does not get better than that. Our whole trip has been lucky like that, particularly with the weather; we keep saying we need to buy a lottery ticket.

      Even back at the state park, the view was amazing. Hey at our site, we have a great wifi signal. I'm going to mention that in our blog. If you do check it out, be sure to look at the January and February 2012 posts. We visited some of the places you've been in the past few days. I was putting more work into my blog then as compared to this trip. For some reason my eye for photos has been off on this trip, and we've had connectivity issues besides. I'm resolving to do better. But talk is cheap.

      Your photos are great! Particularly the subjects and composition, which are what really matter.

    3. Glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the use of the blanket, BTW. I had to look at the Orion nebulae 3 times. I didn't want to leave!

      Funny about the Wi-Fi signal. Over on site 19, with my Verizon hot-spot, I got a very weak 1-bar signal that faded in and out.

      Thanks for the photo compliment!

      Happy Travels to you 3!

  6. Love the lights! What a great idea -- and free is always good :-) I love historical sites with walk-throughs. VA has more that any other part of the country because ... well ... this is where it all started and so there's just more here. Hope you make it up this way at some point.

    1. Love Virginia and all the historical sites, not to mention the BRP. On my GDB list is to follow the Appalachian Trail (driving, of course). So I'll definitely return to VA.

  7. WOW Kim, Just caught up with your blog. You sure hare tracking some miles. Great photo's.


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