Sunday, March 14, 2010

Fort Davis,TX & Buffalo Soldiers. Fences.

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Fort Davis, TX – “When the famed Buffalo Soldiers, stationed at Fort Davis in the late 1800s, stepped out of their barracks, they saw a dramatic skyline created by the jagged cliffs of the rugged Davis Mountains.
Today, that view survives, thanks to the efforts of The Conservation Fund, the National Park Service, the Texas congressional delegation, the National Parks Conservation Association and a host of concerned organizations and individuals.”   More at:

“Curious about life at a frontier military post? Wondering what it would have been like to serve in the military at a remote post in the Southwest during the Indian Wars? Then Fort Davis National Historic Site in Texas should be on your list of parks to visit. It is one of the best examples of a frontier fort in the Southwest. Fort Davis is widely recognized for its role in the history of the “Buffalo Soldiers,” African-Americans who served in the frontier Army.”

Davis Mountains
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McDonald Observatory

Mcdonald Observatory

McDonald Observatory is a research unit of The University of Texas at Austin located in the Davis Mountains of West Texas. McDonald Observatory is one of the world’s leading centers for astronomical research, teaching, public education and outreach. The observatory sits atop Mount Locke and Mount Fowlkes in the Davis Mountains of West Texas, which offer some of the darkest night skies in the continental United States.

The observatory’s showcase Hobby-Eberly Telescope (HET) is one of the world’s largest optical telescopes, with a 9.2-meter (433-inch) mirror. It’s ideal for searching for planets around other stars, and studying distant galaxies, exploding stars, black holes, and more.

The workhorse Harlan J. Smith Telescope, constructed between 1966 and 1968, was the third largest in the world when built. The telescope is used every clear night of the year.”

Marfa Lights
“Less than 25 miles from Fort Davis you may view one of the few "Unsolved Mysteries" of our west Texas skies. National Geographic couldn't explain them, The University of Texas can't explain them, The TV series "Unsolved Mysteries" could not explain them, but every year since the 19th century . . . plain ole Texas folks have been explaining them to thousands of onlookers. Are they UFO's? Mirages? Secret military tests? Magnetic energy? Static electricity? Who Knows? Come see 'em and see if you can explain them.”

This morning I picked up Jay and his cordless circular saw.  When I do the cutting, I have to take my chop saw out there on my little wagon, as I can’t use my circular saws anymore, with my weak right wrist.  It sure helped not having to string cords out there!

Being on the corner, I have a side fence to maintain, too.   The POA had scalped their bushes, and trees, I sure hope the trees will start leafing soon.  In the summer they are great shade to my little guest house where Ray and Sharon live.

The boards had all been primed and painted on the saw horses first, but Ray was applying the second coat of paint, once they were installed.  Ray and Sharon have quite a few plants growing inside the fence line, and they keep pretty blossoming plants planted on their black lab’s grave.

The weather is great, and here are Bobbiecat and Prime enjoying porch time.

Ray was painting, and Jay and I were replacing bad boards ahead of him, but we ran out of boards again today.

1 comment:

Sandra said...

We've been to the McDonald Observatory and seen the lights at Marfa.

We enjoyed that area.