Wednesday, February 1, 2012
Picture Perfect Picnic Area
Posted by Sean
We are at a roadside picnic area a few miles west of McCamey, Texas (map). In addition to a fairly large parking area, which we've had to ourselves, this spot sports a genuine windmill-driven irrigation system featuring a canonical Aeromotor-style windmill, ramadas, tables, and a historical marker sign.
This latter item describes Horsehead Crossing, a dozen miles northwest of here on the Pecos River, an important feature in Texas history. We will cross the river ourselves in just a couple miles, making us the rootinest, tootinest Spaceliner west of the Pecos.
The town of McCamey turns out to have a free overnight RV spot, complete with 20-amp power outlet, at the Santa Fe Park which includes the old railroad depot. One need only check in with City Hall to use it; the phone number is posted at the park. We stopped to look at it, but we did not need the power outlet, and the spot was otherwise unappealing, so we continued here.
We had perfect weather when we arrived, and sat outside on our chairs until dinner time, when I grilled up a steak. After dinner I took out the Celestron and we looked at Jupiter -- we could see three moons -- and the moon, with craters along the terminator in sharp relief. Other than the half moon, which provided enough light for movement outside, it was dark here. I could only see the lights from McCamey by climbing the windmill. It was also quiet, with only a handful of vehicles and a single enormous train rumbling by.
Today we will finish up US-67 and merge onto I-10, which unavoidably is the only route west through that part of Texas. Tonight we should be somewhere in the vicinity of Van Horn.