December 29, 2016

Alpine, Texas

We are presently in Alpine, which is a town located in the Big Bend region of west Texas. The area is known as the Big Bend because it is located along the Mexican border, roughly inside a northward bend of the Rio Grande river.

The comely Navigator standing
near a Mesquite tree in the park.
We were told by the owner that
these trees are up to 150 years old.

After leaving Mingus TX a few days ago, we traveled west for 144 miles to Loraine, where we stayed for two nights in a delightful little park called Ms G's RV Park. It has about 20 sites, and is located on property that was a farm at one time. The owners are incredibly welcoming and friendly, and we had the company of several nice animals....Groucho the Cat, Batman the Chihuahua, and even a tame brown pig that ran up and greeted us when we arrived. We had a spacious back-in site, with 50 amp, water and sewer, for $20 per night Passport America rate. We will definitely return here when we pass through on I-20.

Groucho the Cat guarding our site at Ms G's
Relaxing with Groucho

We left Loraine, and continued west through Big Spring, Midland and Odessa. This region is known as the Permian Basin or Oil Patch, and there are numerous small oil wells visible from the highway. When we reached Monahans, we left the Interstate and turned south on TX87, which is a straight two-lane road with wide paved shoulders and a speed limit of 75mph. We eventually reached Fort Stockton, and joined I-10 west for 10 miles, then headed south again on TX67, another wide, smooth two-lane road. This took us to our destination and our stop for the next 4 days, Alpine.

We will be exploring the Big Bend National Park area near the Mexico border on Saturday, and I will update this blog with pictures.

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