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    • Day 58

      Alpine, Texas - Lost Alaskan RV Park

      April 12, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

      Alpine, TX, a big small town (pop. 6,000) in far West Texas. We pause here only for an overnight rest as we work our way toward our next significant stop. The town is literally an oasis in the desert. It sits on a 4,000' plateau in the midst of the Chihuahuan Desert, surrounded by the mile high Davis and Chico's mountains. This location provides for warm days and cooler nights compared to the surrounding desert. Due to this moderate climate, Alpine enjoys steady growth, including retirees.

      Similar to many other Texas towns, Alpine started as a cattle town, with growth spurred on by the arrival of the railroad. A college was established which today is a large state university, Sul Ross University.

      Take some ranching, add a railroad, grow a university, and then throw in some petroleum; and you have today's Alpine, TX, a thriving big small town.

      It's easy to see how many people saddled up and now call Alpine "home on the range".
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    • Day 14

      At Ethan's - Alpine, TX

      November 16, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 11 °C

      Beautiful sunrise over the mountains north of Fort Davis. I visit the impressive MacDonald observatory from the outside on the way and enjoy the changing colors. On the way up the hill I catch another sighting of a Bobcat. He stood still in the tall grass, and I instantly made out the characteristic ears and the dark spotted coat. I stopped and he knew he was made and took off in a long jump. Never seen one and now twice in a week.

      I meet up with Ethan, lots to talk about, it's show and tell time, how he built his house and all about Alpine. I'm amazed how roomy the house is at 2000sq ft. I also get to realize again that he has a load of things to take care of and how he gets sucked into all the 'house projects'. Which is exactly what I don't want.

      Ethan has some tumbleweeds to burn so we set to the task. Of course we didn't ask for permission from the town so in no time a helicopter flies over and the cops are right on us to extinguish it. Border patrol last night and cops this morning, I probably have a record for unauthorized burning in the town of Alpine Texas.

      I pick up some peppermint from the town park and plant it in the corner of Ethan's back yard. Should be a good spot for it. I also get to see my first ever Pecan tree, my favorite nut.

      Ethan and I played music for an hour and covered some of the great songs in our book. The accoustics are superb in his high ceiling house. Fun to hang here. Alpine is a lot like Gunnison, I can see how he feels comfortable here. We're playing lots of loud music during dinner, TYA one of my faves.
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    • Day 15

      At Ethan's

      November 17, 2023 in the United States ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

      I'm not sleeping all that well with the lights that come on at night and the upcoming visit with Oliver in CB. Ethan's telling stories of old CB again. He has so many of his fly fishing days and he goes into detail. I listen.

      We have one tiny project to work on, it's a beautiful warm day and we get out for a bike ride which is going very well all the way up a road that goes deep into a canyon. It's a good 2 hours of exercise which I needed. After a shower we head into town for the arts fair which I remembered and I'm glad I'm getting Ethan out of the house he would have just stayed home. We wander around the activities in town. And we return home thinking we'd play some music but Ethan gets tired and he still has his cold. He sits down with his iPad in his chair this must be what he does every evening.
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    Alpine, البيني, آلپاین, ALE, Алпайн, Алпајн

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