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Trip Start Jun 05, 2007
Trip End Jul 26, 2007

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Thursday, June 7, 2007

The driving continued for the first half of the day.  It is incredible how wide the width of Texas is.  And the east side and west side of the state as separated by San Antonio is so different.  It was completely desolate west of San Antonio.  No McDonalds for over 100 miles!

After motoring for 284 miles, I made it to my first official stop at Fort Davis National Historic Park.  The fort here protected emigrants, travelers and mail coaches traveling the San Antonio-El Paso Road from 1854-1891.  The fort had safeguarded the western Texas fronteir from Apaches and Comanches.

Next, I climbed back into my car and drove 168 miles to Guadalupe National Park in Texas.  I took a hike to the Pinery Butterfield Stage Station ruins.  After I drove out to McKittrick Canyon and took a hike on the nature trail.

The 86,416 acre park was once an area underneath an ocean 250 million years ago (give or take a day).  Over millions of years, marine organisms built up the mountains.  When the sea evaporated, the reef entombed fossils of numerous organisms.
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paula.ka on

amazing photos
Road Trip USA is on the top of my list of places to see before I die... Thanks to your blog I'll have an idea of how to plan my own. And again - wonderful photos :DDD

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