Sunday, March 19, 2017

Texas - 2017 (2)

March 18, 2017
It was very hot yesterday and I expected the same for today. It was foggy though most of the way. I arrived at the Community Center in Langtry at about 10:00 AM.

Carolyn came an hour later and we both talked to the lady at the Texas Visitor Center and the “The Law West of the Pecos” the museum of Judge Roy Bean. He was called the hanging judge, which seems to be fiction. He actually never sent anybody to the hanging tree. He was a colorful character though and tried people in his saloon or the front porch.

The inside of his house was very plain, typical of the western frontier.

At the Visitor Center is a wonderful cactus garden.


March 19, 2017
There is not much to do in Langtry. The only store in town is closed on Sundays and open the rest of the week only when the owner feels like it. It is for sale.
I went again to the Visitor Center and looked around.
The rest of the group arrived today and we decided to leave tomorrow.

Early morning I went next to the Visitor Center and used their WIFI.

Cowboy Tom had his schedule, for today, on a white board. We got a good laugh out of that.

March 20, 2017
At 10:00 AM we walked over to the Visitor Center and a lady gave us a tour of the cactus garden and Judge Roy Bean’s Saloon and house.

The agave is shooting up very soon and will bloom and then die.

Since I had done the tour already I stayed only a short time and went to see Keith, a local person. He had told me yesterday he would like to show me the Pump Canyon, as the locals call it.
Langtry was founded by the railroad company because of a spring. Steam locomotives needed a lot of water and the spring provided that. The water was pumped from the spring to the railroad station.
Now the water runs into the Rio Grande.
The view from top of Pump Canyon is great.

A young couple had their first date up there and when they were old they put a little plaque on this rock.

After my little tour with Keith I headed out. Everybody else had gone already. I arrived at the Amistad National Recreation Area near Del Rio, at about 1:30 PM.
After setting up the motorhome I went to Walmart. Most of my travel companions were there too.   

March 21, 2017
This was our first official day at Amistad National Recreation Area. We are staying at San Pedro camp ground.

We can see the water but from the campground is no trail. The reservoir is very large. The shoreline is 547 miles in the United States and 404 miles in Mexico. The surface area is 65,000 acres.
To go across the dam we need a passport.
During the day we did chores. Members of the group did laundry and shopping. I went to the library and then had the four gallon propane tank filled up. I needed a haircut and while driving in the city looked for a barber shop. I could not find one, so I went to Walmart and got one there. Five young Mexican women take care of women and men. The young lady did a good job. She did most of the trimming with scissors.
In the evening we went for a long walk. We saw five white tail deer. The sunset was nice too.

After it got dark, Mike had a spider sniping party near his motorhome. We brought flashlights and hunted spiders. The peanut gallery thought it was funny.

Shining a flashlight in the grass exposes the spiders. We could see their eyes.

We caught one and took pictures before we released the poor thing. There was some teasing going on. Some of the women screamed when the guys pretended to put a spider on them. It does not take much to amuse old people.

March 22, 2017
Some of the group went kayaking this morning. I could have gone but it cooled off and the weather was not that great.
I went to the library and went grocery shopping at the H.E.B store. The prices are similar to Walmart.
I also stopped at the Amistad National Recreation Area Visitor Center. On one wall they have a copy of a pictograph of the cave in Seminole Canyon. I would like to see the actual wall painting but the cave can only be reached by boat.

At the recreation area are bushes and trees I have not seen before. Some have white blooms .

Others have yellow or orange blooms.

I have not gone to the water yet.

March 23, 2017
This was a strange day. It started out with a light rain. This discouraged us from driving to the Seminole Canyon.
I went down town and looked around. There are some stores boarded up.  It was not a pretty sight. After spending some time at the library I went back to the motorhome. The wind had come up and the motorhome was shaking.
Some members of the group went on the dam and walked to the Mexican side. They also stopped at the Amistad National Recreation Area Visitor Center and watched two movies.

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