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

When we got here after our duel with the "Texas Breeze", I wrote a lengthy chapter about all we had done.  It was some of my best work, in my not-so-humble opinion.  I thought that it had saved, but apparently disappeared into the nether land.  Oh, wait! I just checked and it is, in fact, right there to read... I take back the Rats! comment. I did get called on my spelling of Hola, but tried to explain it to my amigo.  I hope that he understands. ;o)

Anyway, we got out and did about two miles walk around the park.  We saw a few birds in addition the nice little English Sparrows that frequent our ramada. 
It was getting warm when we set out, but we had a good time and a marginal work-out.  The water in the canals and stream is pristine in appearance, having just emerged from the underground springs.  We did see one turtle who seemed to be waiting for a snack near a viewing platform.  I'd never seen one come up to the surface to catch a breath before, so it was interesting. His picture is included int the www.flickr.com/photos/ralphieboyo collection.

We saw several scuba divers, including a small class.  There weren't any swimmers out yet, but it's eighty now, so I expect they are there by now. The pool is huge and is apparently one of the largest freshwater pools in the world.  So it is said anyway. They'll be closing it for cleaning in Mid-May. It has quite a bit of slippery stuff on the steps et cetera, but the water is clear enough that you can see the bottom near the edge.  It's twenty five feet deep in the center.  The diving experience would be a good one, if I were so brave.  I went off of a raft in whitewater once on the Lochsa River and returned to the surface, so I imagine the same principle would work here.  I'll let you know.

It's nice and hot now, in the eighties, but cool in the shade due to the ever-present Texas winds.  We both sat outsice and read for a couple of hours and Lynn even brought out here tablet for awhile.  The Hot-Spot feature works even better than I had ever dreamed.  There are a lot of tricks to keeping it working, but so far so good.

We'll be here for two more nights, so I'll try to find something interesting to pass on.  I try to add what I've learned and pass it on to you.  If you're interested in anything or have anything to add, just drop me a line to my email address.  I'll be waiting...
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photodon on

Just got back last night from a couple of days at the Cloverdale, CA KOA and catching up on email. Had a great time there with another couple and sharing a cabin with Deb. Saw lots of birds and enjoyed pleasan weather. I have been following your posts on my cell phone. Unfortunately, I can't make comments with my cell phone on this blog but enjoyed your continuing adventures and pix - especially enjoyed the sculpture photo and the "blossoms"

cherie on

You'll have to tell us abou your Lochsa experience some time. Michael loves floating that river and has some wild footage from his go pro.

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