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Trip Start Sep 20, 2007
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Trip End May 16, 2008


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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Up at the crack of dawn. Drive for 4 hours. Spend 4 hours touring an Observatory. Start over!
 
Time to find a straight jacket and make reservations at the funny farm.
 
I have a big announcement to make...just not yet. I will be very serious in what I will announce. The problem is  when I make it you will all think that I am joking. How could any of you take me seriously.

Life as I know it becomes clearer as the Journey progresses. I can't say more at this time because it's not the right time. It's that simple. I do have to announce that I have an announcement to make because it is the right time to do that. This is when the revelation occurred. There were indications earlier that were leading to this point but the final nail in the coffin occurred last night to confirm my feelings.
 
Last night 4 or 5 RVs showed up and surrounded me. They were a group from New Mexico. From a town called Truth or Consequences. This morning they were all having coffee outside my trailer. I had a big audience when I was getting ready to leave.
 
I wanted to be gone before 8 am for the drive to Fort Davis, Texas. The McDonald Observatory is located at the top of two peaks in the Davis Mountains. Check out the website at www.mcdonaldobservatory.org for all the details. The town of Fort Davis sits on a plateau at over 1500 metres. It's the highest town in Texas and the road to the Observatory is the highest (paved) in Texas. Fort Davis was established in 1854 as a military post. The town still has numerous historical buildings. The fort is one of the best examples of a restored frontier fort in the USA.
 
The last half of the drive to Fort Davis was extremely windy. Considering it was also the steepest part of the drive, the truck was working extra hard. The campsite was behind a motel. There was no internet.
 
After I set up, I drove to the Observatory. About a half hour away with much more uphill. The tour lasted almost 4 hours, between the history of the various telescopes located there, to a brief overview of the stellar finds, and then a visit to the Hobby-Eberly Telescope, the largest telescope mirror in the world. The wind was extremely strong at the top of these mountains. The whole building was shaking.
 
The visit itself was interesting, but the important part was that it told me where my Journey had to take me. In the next few days you will see where I ended up and why.
 
That over, I drove back to town just before 5 PM. The Fort Davis was closing. It was starting to get dark and I didn't feel like walking around another old town. I have a Historic Walking Tour Map and the town buildings have an interesting history but not enough for me to want to actually walk it. My purpose in coming here was at the Observatory. The sign post was located there.
 
Another early morning tomorrow. Drive and tour day. To Carlsbad.
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