Friday, August 22, 2014

Fort Davis National Historic Site

One of our favorite places in the region, Fort Davis National Historic Site.  Perhaps the best preserved frontier fort in the west, as a visitor it takes no imagination at all to put yourself back into time.  Consider a trip to the Fort on August 30, when they'll be celebrating a special day.

August 30, 2014
We will celebrate our new museum and "Old Fort Day" with Camels, Cavalry & Cannons!

10:30 AM - Flag raising and morning gun firing
11:00 AM - Grand opening ceremony and Alpine band concert
4:45 PM - Flag lowering and evening gun firing
11:30 AM - 4:30 PM - Special living history activities, over 50 volunteers reenacting life of the 1800s!!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

El Paso's Union Station

El Paso is still served by Amtrak, on the Texas Eagle and  Sunset Limited line and passengers heading our way can stop there, or in AlpineEl Paso's Union Station, located just west of downtown is convenient for all travelers.

The Wikipedia article for the station says this:  "The El Paso Union Depot, also known as El Paso Union Passenger Depot, was designed by architect Daniel Burnham, who also designed Washington D.C. Union Station. It was built between 1905 and 1906 and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971."

It is still a lovely place to catch a train! 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

1934 Icebox Cookies from Van Horn

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Van Horn, the Crossroads community for our own Texas Mountain Trail, has its history determined by its location.  Through time, it has always been a place travelers passed through...whether by foot, horseback, wagon, train, bicycle or automobile.  It was also an important stop on the historic highways--the Bankhead Highway and the Old Spanish Trail! 

We found this recipe from 1934 in a Van Horn Hospital Auxiliary cookbook, and wanted to share it with you! 

Click here to view a lovely three page .pdf about Van Horn's legacy in welcoming travelers, plus, the entire recipe! 

Eggs, butter, brown sugar!
Mixing in dry ingredients!

Add pecans, form into loaf and rest in the icebox!
Slice, then bake!
Hot and ready to eat!

Monday, August 18, 2014

Colorado Canyon River Access

Colorado Canyon pull-off along Hwy 170, the scenic River Road, between Presidio and Lajitas is a favorite river access site, but is also a great place to pull off the road and enjoy the surroundings.

This section of the road runs through Big Bend Ranch State Park, which says this about Colorado Canyon:

"The Rio Grande/Rio Bravo corridor is an easily accessible area of the park for day use, including rafting, canoeing and free bank fishing. Several river access points are found within the park along F.M. 170. Colorado Canyon includes Class II and Class III rapids. This section of the river is not considered dangerous under normal flow conditions. The walls of Colorado Canyon, unlike the limestone canyons of Big Bend National Park and the Lower Canyons, are composed entirely of igneous rock. Raft trips may be arranged through local outfitters in Terlingua and Study Butte."

Information on river trips offered by area outfitters, here!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Great Horned Owl

From our friends at the Chihuahuan Desert Nature Center in Fort Davis:

Normally expected to be active at night, this great horned owl (Bubo virginianus) was out during daylight hours hiding in plain sight. One of CDRI’s wildlife cameras—provided by a grant from the El Paso Zoo—caught the bird foraging in the camouflaging leaf litter. Its mottled plumage allows this species to blend into a wide variety of habitat types.

It is the most common and widely dispersed owl in North America, as well as one of the largest. CDRI has a resident pair nesting in the cliffs bordering our rhyolite quarry. The great horned owl is one of a multitude of species that can be observed at the nature center.