I'm on my first Texas desert vacation, in Ft. Davis!
After driving 10 hours to our rental cabin at Sproul Ranch, my husband and I stretched out our legs with a bike ride down the road beside our cabin.
As soon as it was light this morning, I ran 6 miles on the dirt road beside our cabin. Hello, pink sunrise! It was so quiet that I heard a bird's wings flapping in the sky - twice! And look what I ran by, making this a once in a lifetime run because I doubt I'll ever run by one of these radio telescopes again - there are only 10 in the whole world.
Time for a hike! We hiked to the top of a mountain in Davis Mountains State Park for a 360 degree view of West Texas. The elevation in the area is 5000' and higher - makes me thirsty and a little slower.
It's night time now and I just came in from the freezing cold. I can't believe the number of stars I can see in the desert sky without a telescope, but then we used it to see Jupiter's rings. And if that wasn't enough, I saw the Milky Way without the telescope.