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Owl still standing sentry - through all that rain!
Ranger appeared early and told us the road to Santa Elena Canyon, and the Old Maverick Road were closed, due to the rain last night, so we decided to drive out, back up Ross Maxwell Drive. Water running everywhere, including a lot more in Tuff Canyon. A huge millipede on the road and we saw several more today.
Left the park. Saw ...
... deals with the owners and taking all the good spots years in advance. Yes, there is an hierarchy to trailer life. We are on the bottom. The lady on the phone was completely devoid of personality, so I saved my trailer jokes for another time. She said they had several spaces, and no reservation was needed...it was the wrong place, and the right one was taken up by the aforementioned trailer jocks. After driving around for a while we ...
... s nephew. (Elta married Tom Redford). She is a hoot – totally a state park ranger complete with cowboy hat and great attitude.
We drove back into Fort Davis for ice and provisions. I like the Stone Village Market – it is like a mini Whole Foods with a small deli inside. The rest of the group likes the Porter Thriftway, which is chock full of everything a regular HEB has (almost), but within at least half as much store ...
... By then, Fort Davis had become a major installation with more than 100 structures, and quarters for more than 400 soldiers.
We spent a few hours wandering the ruins, which were very good.
Then we headed east and north to Alpine (it isn't very 'Alpine') and then Marathon (named by all accounts by a sea captain as it looked like the area around Marathon in Greece - but we reckon the old sea dog must have been drinking way too much rum) ...
... there is water there is life, though, and the Rio Grand river is the
area's life line.
Everyone here is really friendly, and we have hardly met anyone in Marfa who is from Marfa. This town exists it seem because of the Chinati foundation and the jobs that have trickled from the people who come to work for it. There isn't much else here but because this foudation brings a certain cultural mind set there are odd things you wouldn't ...