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Leaving Big Bend National Park

Sunday, March 11, 2007

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We get up early and pack up. Before we even hitch up, someone is waiting to take our campsite and another person stops by and ask if our campsite is available. All the campsites in the park have been filled the last night or two.

We entertain some on-lookers as we back out of our tight spot. It goes pretty well. We were parked between a bunch of trees, but we manage to get out of our spot in about 5 minutes.

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Most of the day was spent riding through Texas desert. We drove next to the Rio Grande River for about 50 miles -- still polluted green muck. In case I didn't mention in any earlier posts, the Rio Grande is not what I expected; it's not very wide and it is green, dirty and polluted.

It's Jere's birthday so we let him pick out the XM radio stations to help with the long drive. We did see some wildlife: several wild burros, several groups of antelope, several mountain goats and some grazing CAMELS in a field. I did a double-take when I saw the camels grazing in a field. Not sure why they were in a field.

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It got really windy after we parked at the campsite. I went to the laundry to wash sheets and it started to hail. I turned on the tv at the laundry and saw there was first a tornado watch near us and then saw it change to a tornado warning. The sky was really dark to the east of us, so I told Jere and Joe to come over in the laundry during the storm and til we figured out exactly where the tornado warning was. It was close, but not where we were. They were teasing me about worrying so much, but when you're not exactly sure where you are and the tv station is instructing everyone in a trailer to seek shelter (and it's hailing and super windy), it's a little disconcerting. Wind gusts were in the 40s here, but not tornado. We're at Fort Davis, TX and the tornado sighting was near Bakersfield TX.

Posted by jengelman 09:05 Archived in USA Tagged family_travel

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Jere, Happy Birthday(belated), AND, I just have to tell you I love the hat!!!! Well, looks like things are moving right along for you guys, what an exciting couple of days you have had. Okay, you have to tell me, how close to the ground is Joe while he is doing this rock climbing, looks a little scarey to me. The temp hit 60 yesterday and it is to go up to almost 70 today and tomorrow, but then the rain moves in and it goes back down to the 30's , crazy weather here in Central PA. Joe, the kids on 6AT made a video for Dustin and they are pretty much saying, school is very boring, so not missing much at Eagle View, and Dustin is getting ready today to start taking the PSSA's,so, certainly not missing much there!So, until next time happy and safe travel!
Robin

by imrobin

Just wanted to let you know the snow is coming to Central PA- we are expecting at least 6 inches if not more- crazy weather, yesterday the temp was 75, and now the temp is dropping fast and it is raining. Snow will begin Friday am and continue through the day- Joe, I will definately get pictures this time and send to you! Hoping you are having Safe Travel!
Robin

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