Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Southwest Texas Roadtrip - 2

On our first morning at the Indian Lodge, we hiked one of the trails before it got too hot.  The humidity was in the low 20's, but the altitude of the mountains made the sun pretty intense.

Elevation is between 5,000 and 6,000 feet above sea level.

The Davis Mountains are inside the Chihuahuan Desert and due to its elevation, they receive more rain than the surrounding desert.

(The red dot is where the Davis Mountains are located, about 80 miles north of the border, Presidio, TX.)

Because we LOVE history....

(Top right, school house/dance hall/ church.   Bottom left and right, officers' quarters.)

Fort Davis.

From 1854-1891, this well-preserved frontier fort was strategically placed to protect settlers, mail coaches, and freight wagons from Apache attacks.

(Top left, enlisted mens' barracks.  Top right, married officers' homes.  Bottom left, kitchen behind and unattached to the home of a married officer's.)

(Commanding officer's home, master bedroom, children's bedroom - with many original pieces of furniture.)

Anniversary dinner down in Alpine, Texas.

Day 4

The last day took us way up high to check out the McDonald Observatory.

These are the "darkest skies" in all of North America.  The McDonald Observatory hosts some of the world's largest telescopes that allow man to peer deep into space.

The activity called for a rest by the lodge pool.

Hey, do you want to see what the Indian Lodge looked like?

This 39 room pueblo-style lodge was built in 1933 by the CCC.  The adobe bricks were made from mud and grass and the the working man's feet!  All furniture and columns were hand crafted from pine trees found in other parts of Texas.

We stayed in the "newer" section built in 1965.  That addition included the pool and restaurant.

The last evening...

We took a drive up to a scenic point inside the state park for some breathtaking views.

God's creation is so amazing!

We are so grateful to have taken in such beautiful, Texas scenery on this trip.  The sand dunes, the oasis swimming pool, the mountains...Texas is so unique!

~ Patty ~


  1. What an amazing trip! I love all the pictures and enjoyed joining you through them. The terrain in Texas is so different than where I am, it is fun to see.

  2. Oh Patty!
    This is amazing!!!!
    So much for me to learn...
    So many new to me sights!!!
    And so happy for you and your man. : )

  3. Hi Patty! I really like history too, these photos are just great! It's fun for me to see how people lived in the days gone by, and I love the Southwest architecture and colors. That outside fire pit looks lovely! What a dramatic photo of rain in the distance too. I'm glad it didn't overtake you :)
    Happy vacationers!

  4. We visited many of these stops when we moved to Texas, when I was in junior high. It really makes you wonder at the size, variety and beauty of Texas, and of America.
    You two are such a fun and energetic couple and it looks like you had a great time. Thanks for sharing! Happy anniversary!

  5. Your trip sounds amazing! Texas is an amazing state!
    So glad you and your husband got the chance to get away!
    Happy Anniversary!!


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