Davis Mountains Preserve

After a few days of wet and cold, the sun came out. This weekend was the Nature Conservancy open weekend at the Davis Mountain Preserve, so off we went.

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Beautiful native grasses
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This is the bark of Alligator Juniper
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The roads weren’t bad so we drove down, parked, and walked some trails.
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Dry creek bed, but pools of water in certain places.

Overall it was a good day with great weather especially since it was way below freezing a few days ago. We left after staying about 2.5 hours and headed back to Alpine.

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The moon even came out for a picture.

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The sun made for some interesting colors in the tall grass.
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Beautiful little church next to Sleeping Lion Mountain in Fort Davis.

 

 

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Hiking the Madera Canyon Trail

We were off today and the weather was great so we headed out to  Fort Davis to do a short hike. Madera Canyon Trail is part of the Nature Conservancy’s Davis Mountain Preserve. When we arrived it was clear skies and 68 degrees.

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Trail Head…about 2.4 miles round trip.
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Very green and scenic.
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Madera creek had lots of water in it.
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Wildflowers were still blooming
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Butterflies were numerous
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Grass covered parts of the trail and plenty of color too!!
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We arrived at Chico tank which was covered in deep pink flowers with bees buzzing everywhere.
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Closeup of the flowers with a bonus butterfly
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Nice reflection in the water
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More flowers below the spillway of the tank with water flowing beneath them
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Some skippers taking a sun bath in the mud.
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A huge grasshopper with a very colorful coat.
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Butterflies were posing for photos in every direction
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Another one…
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There are called Apache Plumes

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Great weather, and lots of photo subjects made for a wonderful day.

Changes in Alpine

I mentioned in my last post that some changes were coming….

First a new job for me, I’m now working at the local True Value Hardware store in the paint dept. where I have had some experience many years ago at Sherwin-Williams. I like it, putting in a lot of hours which is ok since we have made several trips to DFW recently. Laurie is still at the Guest lodging which is nice since it’s just around the corner from True Value.

Second, a new location for us to park the RV. After searching everywhere in Alpine we finally got a call from someone with hookups on acreage. So the scenery is better, it’s much quieter, and we like it a lot. Our closest neighbors are some horses.

We had our friends from Marathon drop by a few days ago and brought some homemade tamales. Man they are good!!

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Mmmmm good!!

The Big Bend area has received a lot of rain in the last month and everything is so green.

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This is a roadside park at Ft Davis where we had lunch on the way back to Alpine from DFW.
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The mountains were gorgeous and very green!!

 

Trip to Fort Davis and Gardens

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Great place to spend a while looking at all the plants, and hiking the trails.
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Beautiful gardens with a lot of the native plants of the area.
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These were named “cow tongue prickly pear”. Appropriately named I thought.
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This one was called “Queen Victoria”.
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We saw this big boulder on the trails. Ft. Davis is very rocky and this one had a hole in the side of it with grass growing.
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We thought this one looked like a praying mantis standing guard of the shade tree.

They had a huge greenhouse where we saw about every imaginable cactus and then some. Everything was labeled and quite the operation.

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Very different!

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We never saw what this tree was called but the bark or lack of made for an interesting picture.

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After all that walking around we headed into town for a late lunch.
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Fort Davis Main Street.
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Hotel Limpia built in 1912

We had a great time. Nice and cool all day. It was about 5 degrees cooler in Ft Davis.       It’s the same elevation as Denver Colorado. Yes, a mile high!!