Whew, what a drive, our longest day yet at 257 miles! We are pokey travelers, but five hours in the truck is about it for the four of us. As you can see, Texas stretches on endlessly. If you tired of lush woodsy photos, brace yourself. I bet the rocky scrub is even less interesting! With few navigational duties, I was left to amuse myself by snapping photos from the car. It amazes me that a phone can focus so quickly & render a fairly decent picture. I actually took 37 pictures of rocky scrub land…..fun at the time.
The ranchers have diversified nicely. Much of the land has wind turbines, oil wells & cattle all together. Sheep & a surprising amount of goat ranches have outnumbered the cattle so far. Not sure how anything finds enough to eat out there. Guess that is why overgrazing is such an issue.
Davis Mountains & the Big Bend area will be very remote & groceries are a big unknown. Ft Stockton seemed the best place to “stock” up. The campground recommended the Lowes food in town. You can imagine my excitement. Well, pretty funny. This Lowes was not quite what we expected! We went in with an open mind & had a great time. Rows of freshly made tortillas & salsas greeted us. Aisle after aisle of imported Mexican foods amazed us. None of it healthy, but beautifully packaged. The produce was fresh & exotic. A totally fun end to the day. The best part was the great burritos we made with their offerings!
We survived our first private campground stay with little lasting damage. The owners are super friendly; the laundry is huge & the campsites are, well, crowded. But enjoy it we did.