Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Another day in Texas

Parkview RV Park
735 S. Hwy 285
Ft Stockton, TX 79735
GPS: 30.879035, -102.868372

Travel Day 6 – San Antonio, TX to Ft Stockton, TX

Our route today covered 336 miles which we did in nine hours. Leaving San Antonio we started the day travelling through Texas Hill Country.

Texas Hill Country

The Texas Hill Country is a twenty-five county region of Central Texas and South Texas featuring karst topography and tall rugged hills consisting of thin layers of soil atop limestone or granite.

The area is also unique for its fusion of Spanish and German influences in food, beer, architecture, and music that form a distinctively "Texan" culture separate from the state's Southern and Southwestern influences. For example, the accordion was popularized in Tejano music in the 19th century due to cultural exposure to German settlers.

In recent years, the region has emerged as the center of the Texas wine industry. Three American Viticultural Areas are located in the areas: Texas Hill Country AVA, Fredericksburg in the Texas Hill Country AVA, and Bell Mountain AVA.

The Hill Country is also known for its tourism. In 2008, The New York Times listed the Hill Country in an article about North American vacation destinations. Hill Country has also made Texas second to Florida as the most popular retirement destination in the United States. The region has attracted Baby Boomers as they near retirement age.

Frederick Day, a demographer with Texas State University, said that the Hill Country life-style reminds one of the small towns of the recent past. "Like old America . . . the cost of living is pretty low. To people who have spent their work life in Houston or Dallas, the Hill Country is very attractive." Wikipedia

Tall rugged hills

Proceeding west the landscape changed to west Texas desert. Raw and unforgiving.

Our day ended in Ft Stockton, TX

A statue of Paisano Pete greet visitors at the entrance to Historic Ft Stockton

Fort Stockton is a city in Pecos County, Texas, United States. It is the county seat of Pecos County, located on Interstate Highway 10, U.S. Highways 67, 285, and 385, and the Santa Fe Railroad, 329 miles northwest of San Antonio and 240 miles east of El Paso. The population was 8,535 at the 2010 census.

Fort Stockton (named Camp Stockton until 1860) grew up around Comanche Springs, one of the largest sources of spring water in Texas, and near the military fort founded in 1859 and named for Robert Field Stockton. Comanche Springs was a favorite rest stop on the Great Comanche Trail to Chihuahua, the San Antonio-El Paso Road, and the Butterfield Overland Mail Route.Wikipedia

Parkview RV Park, our stop for the night, was really bad news. This is a Passport America park. The whole park was run down and the bathrooms were filthy. When I logged into the Passport America to rate this park, I found that they do not offer an opportunity to do ratings on their parks. Buyer beware. More on bathrooms in a later post.

Parkview RV Park, Ft Stockton, TX

I needed a shower. Gritting my teeth, I used theirs.

Every day can't end gloriously.
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