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North America » United States » Texas » Fort Davis January 30th 2018

What a day it was here on our first full day outside Big Bend National Park. We had two close calls that could have ended our trip, but both turned out well. Within minutes of arriving here, our Maggie got a little too close to a cactus before Mi Hyon could yank her back. Well surprise she got a thorn in her nose and again before Mi Hyon could react she used her tongue to grab it then swallow it. Mi Hyon frantically tried to get it from her mouth but it went right down. I just can't imagine how it did not get stuck in her throat (see picture)! So what now...well I searched the internet for guidance and advice, but there wasn't too much there (what was there was scarey)...I guess most dogs are ... read more
Three of us at Observatory
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Elevation Sign

North America » United States » Texas » Fort Davis January 18th 2014

Saturday, 18 January, 2014 Sorry, I got way behind, but we’ve been out of cell phone and wifi reach. On Wednesday morning we left Uvalde and headed west on Highway 90. We drove through Del Rio, then past Amistad NRA. The water there was a gorgeous blue. We saw along the way some pronghorn antelope and some big horn sheep. We stopped for the night in Marathon, TX. Thursday morning we headed for Big Bend National Park. We stopped at Panther Junction at the visitor center and the post office, then drove east to Rio Grande Village where we enjoyed nice, hot showers. Then it was back past Panther Junction and on to Chisos Basin campground. We found a fairly level spot and set up without problem. We spent an hour or so sitting and soaking ... read more
View from campground
nearing Big Bend
Chisos Mountains

North America » United States » Texas » Fort Davis June 8th 2013

This morning we took a trek south towards Mexico to Ft. Davis. It was about a 40 minute, beautiful drive through the Davis Mountains. A Western Coachwhip 5 foot snake, reddish in color crossed the road in front of us quickly, indicative of it’s name. Mt. Davis is the home of an observatory that has tours, but that would have been another hour to the top. We opted out this time. Most of what we did is captured by many photos and we will caption where needed. The Fort was extremely well done and the restoration was way beyond expectations. After touring the fort, we walked around the little town of Ft. Davis and ended up having lunch at the Fort Davis Drugstore – not a true drugstore, but serving delicious sandwiches and dessert. (see ... read more
Fort Entry
Transportation
Officers Quarters

North America » United States » Texas » Fort Davis January 1st 2013

The McDonald Observatory, first of all, has nothing to do with the burger place. It is named after the man who left all of his fortune upon his death for the construction of an observatory. Mr. McDonald’s family thought he was nuts and they fought for the money in court. When it was all said and done, the University of Texas at Austin had about $800,000 to build a telescope and the structure to support it. Today, the McDonald Observatory holds the third largest telescope in the world, in the area of Fort Davis, which is considered the darkest site in the continental United States. Here the stars shine in their full splendor! For $5 you can attend a Solar Viewing, which will show you the sun through their telescope filters live. This is one of ... read more
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