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Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Summer Road Trip

I really wanted to take a road trip with the boys this summer. But we had a few other obligations that were making it complicated. Isaiah came up with a great idea. And so we are now on our trip through south and southwest Texas.

Today was day 1. We are headed toward Big Bend but didn't want to do the drive in one day. Doing it in two days allows for more flexibility along the route. So we stopped at the Caverns of Sonora just outside Sonora. It was a bit of a bust. The tour is nearly two hours long and there's a 45 minute wait once you buy your tickets. We got a late start from the house this morning and didn't get to the caverns until 3:45-ish. That meant it would be nearly 6:30 when we finished and we still had two more hours to drive to our hotel in Fort Stockton. While technically that's note late, I didn't want to make the first day of driving overly exhausting.

So we bought some slurry to pan for gems and fossils, had some fudge or ice cream, and hit the road. We did decide, however, that since there's a campground there, we should go back for a weekend in the fall or spring. Then we can camp and do the cave tour.

We had a small stressful period between Sonora and Fort Stockton when Isaiah realized we were getting low on gas and we were kind of in the middle of nowhere. Maps on my phone couldn't find a gas station with an hour's drive. But thankfully our Garmin GPS found one not too far ahead. This was a good reminder to us both that we need to remember to fill up at every chance. And that we need to be more aware if the gauge level.

Before this, we had made a tiny detour off the main road to a town that used to exist called Emerald. It ceased being a town in the late 1800s but there were a few things there... a hotel, an RV place, and probably a couple of other things. But we stopped for our first geocache. The cache had been replaced in June or July, so once we found it, we realized that it didn't match its description. But G had some good eyes and found it anyway. It's always a great feeling when you find one.

Tomorrow we'll take a quick dip in the pool and then head in the Big Bend, which is only three hours away. We plan to get in a short hike/stroll. We'll be there for a couple of days. We'll have a better idea of good longer hikes once we are there and can get a better idea if the weather. I'm excited to get to a national park that off the beaten path. Although we aren't doing a float down a canyon, and I'd love to come back and do that some day.

Once we leave El Paso heading home to Austin we always stop in Van Horn & Ft Stockton for grub & gas. It's slim picking out in W TX. BTW ask Gpa H about his time in Marfa; he can share some life stories before we were in his life.
Gma H   Sunday, August 17, 2014
When we lived in El Paso, heading East we passed thru Big Spring and Midland-Odessa, but you are right there is nothing but miles and miles of miles and miles. Coming towards N.C., a good solid days drive put us in Marshall, Texas for the night late. This was in the late forties and early fifties and there were no Interstates. There used to be a little town in the same area that you are talking about named Clint, Texas. In fact recently I saw a truck from Clint, Texas on I-95.
BeanCounter37   Monday, August 18, 2014
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