A Circuitous Journey

Trip Start Dec 31, 2012
Trip End May 04, 2013

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Balmorhea State Park

Flag of United States  , Texas
Thursday, April 11, 2013

Today we got a fairly early start, but since we couldn't find gas in Comstock, as we passed through enroute, we had to backtrack, to....well, Comstock.  We found out that then next town, Landry, didn't have any gas available, even though it does have a couple of pumps.  It's a convenient store/restaurant/BBQ spot, all rolled into one, for some reason, won't answer the phone in the morning or sell gas.  Mebbe that's a Texas thing.  Don't ask me.

The girl at the Nature Center/Check-in spot told us that, in fact, there is gas available at Comstock, "At the top of the hill."  So, to make a long story longer, we drove the ten mile back to Comstock and found the pumps right there by the side of the road, but not well marked.  I only bought twenty gallons, enough to get us to Sanderson, where they do have a few well-marked stations.  Wheeeew!

We got to Sanderson and I filled the tank.  Our next stop was Fort Stockton where we looked for a laundromat.  It wasn't as simple as it sounds.  We thought we'd found one on main street, but it was just a laundry.  Lynn asked a store owner nearby and she sent us to a gas station that had a laundromat.  She didn't know the address or the name, but printed out a map for Lynn to follow.  We found it fairly easily, but it DID NOT pass inspection.  It was old, rundown and dirty.  We'll wait for another day.  We found a Lowe's Market and picked up a few essential and headed west.

The rest of the trip of about fifty miles could have been easier, were it not for the "Texas Breeze" blowing from the west.  Shorty was moved.  Not in a spiritual way, but in sort of a Rock and Roll fashion.  It was tiring and slow, but we made it to Balmorhea.

We had had lunch at a picnic area, which was pretty windless.  But, as is typical, it seems in Texas, there was lots of trash around that the wind had scattered.  The lunch was good, however.

We're settled in again at the State Park that we visited on our way south.  It's drier and greener now with lots more people.  We noticed a crew of scuba students when we arrived.  The pool is quite deep and fed by subterranean artesian springs, so I would guess it would be a good place to explore.  

Most of the birds we're seeing are sparrows.  No trees are near our site, but I'll put out the hummingbird feeder later and make sure.  I don't fill it until one shows up...

For dinner, we had some Montana flank steak, marinated and grilled on the Weber.  This including  half of a baked sweet potato, sautéed onions with a touch of paprika as a taste and appearance enhancer completed the main menu.  As alway, the old standby, the green salad was there.

The cell service, finally, is good, as is the data connection, although it's spotty.  I hope to put this up online soon, but if you're reading it, I was successful.
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Mike on

Hey,,,fyi....we have plenty of gas (at convenient locations) here in Helena at affordable prices....so while you may be warm albeit wind blown, we have gas which luckily isn't frozen. We have sorta been following the news about "your" windy state. Thanks for the reconnect to the flickr account. Enjoying the pictures a lot......

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