Saturday, April 12, 2008

Ft Davis & McDonald Observatory

Woke up Saturday and it was a little chilly outside. Camping would have been a little cold on this morning. We got up and I made the gang breakfast burritos. They came out pretty well. We fueled up and headed for the short ride to Ft Davis. Not a bad ride and some twisties to boot! I loved Ft Davis and if I would have been thinking we should have stayed there. A very nice little town. Riding into the Davis Mountains was nice. the views are great.

Cooking breakfast for the gang.

road to the Observatory.

Rob at overlook.

Jackie and his RT

Vern & Shelly

the gangs all here.

We road up to the Observatory. We went inside enjoyed some coffee and then looked around. You can see why they chose this place to star gaze. It was so beautiful and I am sure the night sky was as bright and brilliant as possible without all of the normal city distractions.

Visitor center

Sun Dial

The Hobby-Eberly Telescope

Vern & Shelly

Me and the Trophy

Rob doing the bunny ears thing to his new friend

We headed over towards Kent and the went back into Ft Davis to have lunch. I wanted to do the tour of the fort, so this would be the plan in the afternoon. We were going to ride back up to McDonald, but a DAMN bike race was taking place and the roads were a mess. Glad we did that earlier in the day. We just wanted one more run of nice twisty roads. But it was all good. Lunch was fantastic and the tour was wonderful.

lunch here was wonderful

This was the sink in the diner

I love the buildings in Ft. Davis

Rob deep in thought

Jerry and Jackie

Vern & Shelly

I was looking forward to seeing the fort and taking the tour. It was very cool to see that history. This was a highlight of the trip for me. I really enjoyed
the afternoon. There are a bunch of pictures in my Gallery

The Trophy at the front gate of the fort.

Vern's bike is big.. but RV Parking??

Officer's quarters

Great backdrop for defense

The gang hanging out at the fort

After doing the Fort thing, we headed back down into Alpine to take a shower and get ready for the big STN Dinner later that evening. We arrived early to get a good parking spot. Our gang did the squid thing and made it down there in one piece. Diner was AWESOME!! We ate at the Edelweiss Restaurant. The food was great and the waitress was very nice and kept us happy. The gang all showed up and I counted 17 people. I am not even going to try and name everyone, I would not get close to getting them right. After dinner we went loaded up the bikes on the trailer and then headed over and chatted with the STN'ers until the manager of the Alpine Inn came over and told us to quiet down as it was sleepy time.. his words not mine! We had a great time and is was wonderful seeing everyone. We hope everyone made it home safe and sound.

The hotel where we ate dinner

Rob the squid..

STN Gang - Arizona guys I think.

More STN'ers - Tom Brandt is in this picture.

The chicken Fried Steak was huge and good!

rocket bunny trying to hide

The waitress had a great shirt on. Said will work for beer on the front

1 comment:

Marcela said...

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