I spent an enjoyable long weekend in West Texas with about 20 family members and friends last week. We stayed at the friendly Stone Village Tourist Camp in Fort Davis where we enjoyed sitting around the firepit at night and lounging by the pool during the day.
Saturday morning some of our group did a grueling bicycle ride. Fortunately some friends invited me to go to Alpine for the annual Artwalk festival. Activities included art galleries, crafts, food, a silent auction and music. Saturday night we enjoyed a nice dinner at Reata restaurant and a free outdoor concert by Ray Wylie Hubbard.
Sunday morning we hiked in the Fort Davis Historic Site, located just a few blocks away from our hotel. The fort operated from 1854 until 1891. According to the National Park Service website the site is considered one of the best remaining examples of a frontier military post in the American Southwest.
Monday we drove (some of our group biked) about 30 miles to Balmorhea State Park. The focal point (really the only point) of the park is a 1.75 acre spring-fed swimming pool. The clear water is always 72 to 76 degrees. The pool’s aquatic life attracts snorklers and scuba divers. The water was too cold for me but my husband and son had fun swimming, snorkling and jumping off the diving board.
Monday night we enjoyed pizza at Murphy’s Pizzeria in Fort Davis and then drove to Marfa to look for the mysterious lights. Several locals told us that the lights had appeared every night after a $5 million viewing platform was constructed. The viewing area was nice and I wanted to believe in the Marfa lights. But I really didn’t see anything other than car headlights and cell phone towers.