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Friday, March 18, 2016, Fort Davis Inn, Fort Davis, TX, 147.3 Miles, 5,289.3 Miles for the Trip

Rather than taking the shortest route to get back to heading northeast, I decided to take one of the "10 most scenic highways in the US". There is a problem with any 10 best list since they can each be made by a different organization, so there are actually hundreds of "10 Best". Today's was Texas 170 between the Chisos Basin Road & Presidio, and at least part of US 67 heading north to Marfa. While parts are pretty, it doesn't compete with the Going to the Sun Highway in Glacier National Park, or the Chief Joseph highway in Wyoming. Is does include the most interesting picnic table shelters I've seen - Tepees. I took a few photos:

Along TX 170
A Building in Marfa Marfa Lights Site Marfa Lights Viewing Deck Site 1, Fort Davis Inn

I took a photo of an interesting building in Marfa, then headed out to the Marfa Lights Viewing Center. At 11:30AM there were already 4 RVs waiting for night to see the lights. I didn't stay... If you are interested, here is some info about them.

Tonight's campground is definitely a mistake. I used my AllStays Camp & RV app to find a campground in Fort Davis because I couldn't connect with Davis Mountain State Park, one of the places I stayed on my way to Big Bend, and I was still worried about finding a space during Spring Break weekend. I called & reserved a space.

The Fort Davis Inn was listed as the least expensive Fort Davis campgrounds. At $40.00 it isn't cheap! And, while it does provide full hookups, there is one bathroom stall & one shower stall all the way around the back of the motel section. At least I do get a "free" breakfast in the morning. I'm glad I'm not staying at the motel - $149.00 for a room. I'm in site 1, about 20' from TX 17. Lots of road noise that I hope will die down during the night. I don't even want to know if there was space at the state park.

After setting up I drove to the nearby grocery store for some supplies. Like the campground, everything was more expensive than expected. I bought a frozen pizza that I had to cook as soon as I got back to the trailer since it doesn't fit in the freezer. So, dinner was at 4:00. While eating my pizza, I broke a chunk off a front tooth. No pain; while I'll have an ugly smile, I hope I can wait until I get back to Oswego & my regular dentist to deal with it.

Until next time -

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