Friday, April 11, 2008

The wind here has been awful, so we haven't been able to do much. Gusts of 40-70MPH do not make hiking, walking or sightseeing fun.
We did go to Alpine, TX for lunch one day. On our way back to Ft.Davis we saw those weird looking animals at the top of this post. They are Barbary Sheep or Oudad's. They are raised here on farms for exotic hunts. So you can kill an African animal without ever getting to Africa. I have mixed emotions about this so we will let it pass. Make all the comments you wish.
We then stopped at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Facility. Here they study desert plant life and try to grow some of the rarer types. It was quite interesting and we would have enjoyed it more had the wind not been so bad. This whole facility is run on donations.
We wound up staying an extra 2 days just waiting the winds out. Think we go 60MPH to the West,the winds are coming out of the West at 70MPH, just doesn't do much for the MPG ratio, now does it? Firefighters here are very worried about grass fires. Erwin played with Flight Simulator and was quite impressed that the camper was rocking just as an airplane would be. Any thing for special effects.He also helped Chris around the campground when the wind wasn't too bad.We feel that we are leaving family we have spent soooo much time with Chris and Ronnie.

On to El Paso!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

We are still here

Ok, this is how this has been working. We decide to leave the next day. Chris comes up with a project for him and Erwin to work on so we stay another night. This has been an ongoing scenario now for about 3 nights.Free nights, so we don't complain. Erwin and Chris are in the process of making the lighting here at the campground McDonald Observatory compliant. Apparently this campground was the brightest place in the county, but no more. They have also installed security cameras and an antenae for the WIFI.
Last night we all got together and watched John Wayne, Rio Bravo.According to the signs on the sheriff's office in the movie it was filmed in the next town, but we don't recognize the mountains. Where can we go to find out where it was filmed, any ideas?It was not on the DVD, can you believe it?
While Erwin has been working I have been putting our pictures in some order. Three years of memories.Eventually they will be on flickr.I am reading Tom Brokaw's book, Boomers, about the 60's. I am not a nonfiction reader usually but a lot of this I remember happening. It makes me about as uncomfortable reading it as it did back then listening to the news as it happened,so many parallels to the war in Iraq.
This is Chris, Erwin's boss, tee hee

This is Ronnie. She is the manager.