T is for Tejas...

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


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Where I stayed
Balmorhea State Park
What I did
The Pool

Flag of United States  , Texas
Monday, January 14, 2013

We left Las Cruces by nine AM this morning heading for Balmorhea, Texas.  It was a trip of about 225 miles, mostly over the open Texas desert.  Again today, the number of semis was astounding.  After stopping for lunch at a Rest Area, I did a count.  In about fifteen minutes, I counted over a hundred rigs coming by us.  This didn't include those that passed us heading east.  I can only think of the fuel consumed by so many trucks compared to the amount used by a train.  Am I missing something here?  I assume that they are headed from a port on the gulf coast where they pick up goods to take west.


Lynn found an interesting campground in the AAA Campground Guide.  This is at an artesian well and originally Mescalaro Well.  The water was used, back then, to water their crops of corn and peaches.  In 1856 the name was changed and again more recently to Balmorhea Hot Springs.  The water is about 75 degrees, according to the girl at the office where we checked in.  Fees are strange here.  It costs $7 a day each just to enter the park.  In addition, the camping fee is $17.  But, if you buy a Texas State Park Pass for seventy dollars for the year, you get in free and a discount on camping fees.  Plus, you get four half-price coupons good for the second day of camping at any State Park in the Lone Star State.  


Just for your information, Texas is the only Republic among the fifty states.  Thus, they can legally fly the Texas flag above the US flag.  Since Texas existed before the US, it's cool.  If I listen, read, absorb and remember, I learn cool stuff.


We decided to go for a swim.  I use the word "swim" loosely, since I have yet to learn to do more than wade.  Anyway, we changed into our suits and drove back to the pond/pool area.  Lynn dipped her toe into the water and made the decision to opt out.  I, the non-swimmer, waded in up to my knees.  The water felt perfect for a dip.  As a non-dipper, I opted out.  The ambient air temperature was only forty degrees, so that may have had something to do with it.


We checked out the showers and found them to be not so good.  So, we went back to the coach, turned on the water heater and showered in the comfort of our own home.


For dinner we had Lynn's Jo-Jo potatoes with Chris and Maggie's homemade Sauerkraut and kolbasa sausage.  I gotta tell you, the Sauerkraut was excellent.  It's great to have ambitious farmer neighbors who know how to can.  We often trade raspberries, jam and such with them.  It's at the point now that I feel I should call them Me Lord and Me Lady.  Gardening does that to a person.  


We lost an hour today somehow.  Just driving down the Interstate and crossed some arbitrary line and it's an hour later.  I thought that we'd be safe in our own house, but no.
As a latent anarchist, this bothers me somehow.  Perhaps I've spent too much time in the state of Arizona, where the time never changes.  


I'll check back tomorrow with more "news."


It's Monday now, although since we have no jobs, as such, it's not so important to us.  We had a nice quiet night's sleep and woke up to high, dense cloud cover and thus no sun.  It's good that we did our "almost swim" yesterday while the sun was out.


It is cold here, at 24 degrees.  It is quiet.  The nearby town has no laundromat.  What to do? Well, we have good internet via Droid and both of us are reading the news and such and enjoying the warmth of the small space heaters in out house.  Hopefully the sun will appear and we'll get to check out the wetlands here at the park.  Otherwise we will just hang out and enjoy life to the fullest.  

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