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Over the Easter weekend in April, 2003, my parents and I took a 10-hour trip west to rural and mountainous Fort Davis, Texas. Our former paster, and now family friend, Wilma lives out there, and it turned out to be a great place to spend a couple of days. While we were there, we decided to check out a couple of the local attractions, which I'll share on these two pages...

Below is a panoramic picture of the Davis Mountains from a distance, looking south. It was weird how they just seemed to appear out of nowhere. They seemed somewhat out of place in the vast expanse of west Texas flatlands that we had just driven across.

We spotted this cool funnel skirting across a field by the highway as we were driving toward Ft. Davis.

After we arrived and got ourselves settled, we headed out to the site that provided the town's name, the actual Fort Davis. It served as a military outpost in the southwest United States in the nineteenth century. You can find more information about it by clicking this link. In this picture you can see a number of the original buildings in the fort, buttressed by one of the hills of the Davis Mountains.
There was not a lot to do at the fort. A lot of history, which meant a lot of reading. And since it was all fairly spread out, that meant a lot of walking too.
The day was quite beautiful, but for early spring it was already fairly warm. Of course, it was the parched land of west Texas, so perhaps that shouldn't come as a surprise! One day I'd like to go back to Fort Davis and go camping and hike along the trails in the hills.
To help either fend off or contribute to the potential boredom, depending upon your preferences, there were several old ruins for browsing. Of course you couldn't really interact with them much, otherwise, obviously, they would soon cease to be there. But I did claim this ruin to be my own.
The commentary for these pictures is somewhat lacking, I admit, but it's due partly to there not being much to describe and partly to the fact that I am writing this 2 1/2 years after having taken this trip. Anyway! At least we got to enjoy this nice sunset while at the fort.


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