Thursday, February 25, 2010

Bandera to Brackettville, TX

This was a travel day. We had a short, 115 mile, trip from Bandera to our new campground in Brackettville. We have been amazed with all of the green we see in some of the farms and ranches. Many of the trees are dormant and so is some of the grass. There were hills/bluffs/buttes similar to the ones we saw in the Nebraska Panhandle and parts of South Dakota. The CG is Fort Clark Springs. This is a former US Army Fort, starting in the 1800s as a Cavalry post. It was an Army Post until 1944 and is now a private resort. It is HUGE and has condos, homes and hotels that are all former military buildings. It is very clean and busy. The people are great and they have the 3rd largest pool in Texas here which is spring fed. The water temperature stays at 68 degrees year round. There is a ton of history here. The place is full of deer. We have heard of wild turkeys but, so far, we have not seen any. Nearby is Alamo Village, where The Alamo was filmed, as well as Lonesome Dove and many other westerns. The owner died recently and it is now closed to the public. There is really nothing much to see or do around here but one can see wildlife and fish in the stream that runs through here. Near the front is a statue called Empty Saddle. This was a cavalry fort and the empty saddle was used to signify the Trooper being killed in battle and his horse coming home with an empty saddle. The campground is a Passport America park and full of friendly Winter Texans. We are spending only one night here but, when we return, we will definitely stay longer. Tomorrow we will move on to Marathon, TX, where we will stay two nights and use it as a jump off spot for seeing Big Bend National Park. On the way to Marathon, we will make a stop at Langtry, where Judge Roy Bean presided. We gotta see this!

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