Friday, June 3, 2011

Balmorhea State Park

Following several ‘escape from I-10 for a couple hours’ stops at Balmorhea,  this time I planned my travel across west Texas to include an over night stay.

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Here is my perfect camp before the SEVERE wind, thunder, and lightening arrived (and stayed until close to mid-night!).

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The canals carry the water from the springs out of the park, through downtown Balmorhea and then into ag land.  The first pic is in the park; the second in town.

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The water in the springs stays between 72* and 76* year round.  These warm temps reflect the temperature of the rocks the water flows through underground.

About 6 pm the Rangers came to the spring to ask us to leave because of the lightening storm on the way.  A few stragglers didn’t want to leave.  One guy had just arrived after the 7 hour drive from Austin.  Very disappointed!

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A Great Horned Owl watched the activity from a tree. Probably very happy the humans were leaving his territory early!

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Even (or because of) with the storm we had a gorgeous sunset!

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1 comment:

  1. Sorry to hear you hit bad weather. We sure didn't get any of that rain here in San Antonio. Have a safe trip back and we'll see you in the fall. longdog2

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