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This post will be mostly about the trip with pictures. I will get more into the history of the area in future posts.
The trip was about 190 miles and I left Seminole with the temperature in the lower 40's with a brisk wind that probably drove the wind chill into the lower 30's. I didn't waste time hitching up and decided not to empty my waste tanks before leaving. I told myself Liberty needed the extra weight due to the wind gusts, which was true, but another big factor in that decision was it was just too danged cold. By the time I got to Davis Mountain, the temps were in the lower 60's with no wind and felt like summertime. :)
The landscape changed from the rough canyon-lands to more of a dessert-grass land with hills at first, then the mountains. The elevation increased by about 4,000 feet. The mountains were definitely a "Wow" moment. I'm sure people get used to them after being here for a while, but for me, maybe it is the drastic change over a short time. It was just last week that I was in the dense brush country near Falcon Lake. The landscape around here seems to be cleaner, more structured, almost as if there was a purpose in it's construction. It is nice.
I paid for four nights but have a feeling I will be extending my stay at least through the upcoming weekend. After getting set up, I drove to the top of one of the mountains at the campground. The view was fantastic. I had the place all to myself and could look for miles. Just like the old song, "I can see for miles and miles,,,,,,". Commenters can guess as to the band that sang it.
Here are some of the pictures. They mostly show the trip with the changing landscape. The last pictures are of the campground area.
|Long open roadway with hills/mountains in the distance. There was very little traffic for the entire trip. I would meet a car about every 5 miles or so.|
|Getting into some of the hills.|
|A little bit larger hills, almost mountains, (baby mountains?)|
|More long highway. Not another human around for miles and miles.|
|After you pass through the hills you come out onto this grassy plain/valley. Those are the Davis Mountains in the distance. I didn't measure the distance, but it was a long way across this part.|
|Two members of the "welcome wagon" meet me as I'm going to my campsite. (Anyone that remembers the "welcome wagon, ain't a young pup.)|
|The view from the top of one of the mountains that encircle the campground.|
|More views from the top. The pictures don't do it justice. I'll need to read about some camera settings for distance shots like this.|
|Another view. If you're tired of the view, quit looking, I couldn't. :)|
|Last view shot.|
|This was taken while coming down the mountain. You can see Liberty about in the middle of the picture.|
|View at the campsite|