Davis Mountains State Park

Wednesday, April 3 through Sunday, April 6, 2003

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This is the second time we have been to this park.  The first time is described here.   This time around, we ended up at a campsite (#19) on the hill.  The first time we were here, we were parked along the creek.  Friends that have staid at this park say that there is more wildlife around the creek.  The wildlife must use the dry creek bed as a highway.

It has been super windy while here.  I have heard from the locals that this is the windy season.  It is really dry.  My normally oily skin is cracked.  This is, after all, a desert.

There seemed to be less wildlife in the park this time around.  Saturday night deer walked through the campsite.  I did see a woodpecker again.  I didn't get a picture so you'll have to take my word for it.

We really like this park.  We plan to return at Christmas time.  We are planning on doing the McDonald Observatory again.  We also think we should spend a day driving down to Big Bend Ranch State Park.  Big Bend Ranch State Park is around 120 miles south of Davis Mountains State Park.

While staying in the park this time, I visited Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute (CDRI), The McDonald Observatory, The Museum of the Big Bend, and The Overland Museum.

The last time we stayed at the Davis Mountains State Park, I also visited Indian Lodge, Fort Davis National Historic Site,   The McDonald Observatory, and The Marfa Mystery Lights.

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Above is our campground.  In the background of the pictures above is the mountain that Skyline Drive takes you up.  Below left is our trailer taken from one of the lower switchbacks.   Below right is essentially the same view but in wide angle and not telephoto.

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Blondie, our dog, is waiting for me to quit fooling around.   The truck is parked at a switchback turn on Skyline Drive.  Above right and below left is the view of our campground from Skyline Drive.  Skyline Drive is a switchback road that goes up a mountain in the park.

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Above right and below left is the Fort Davis Drugstore.   This is a cool little restaurant.  We ate lunch there on Friday and breakfast on Saturday.  The have an old fashioned drug store soda fountain kind of thing.   They sell milk shakes and ice cream.  Great place to stop in the summer for a cool treat.  On the right below is the county courthouse.

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