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Old 02-11-2019, 09:13 AM   #57
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. . . just echoing Post #28 about being prepared to winterize the trailer on the road if the weather forces you to do that.

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Old 02-11-2019, 09:16 AM   #58
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. . . just echoing Post #28 about being prepared to winterize the trailer on the road if the weather forces you to do that.

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We came prepared with compressor etc. hopefully we won’t need!
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Old 02-11-2019, 06:31 PM   #59
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There are many great state parks in Texas.
From east to west:
- Caddo Lake State Park on the border of LA and TX
- Palmetto State Park
- Seminole Canyon State Park
- in West Texas there are many including: Huaco Tanks, Palo Duro, Davis Mountains,
Monahan Dunes, Balmoorea (might be closed) as well as the amazing Big Bend area.
Towns I like in West Texas: Marathon, Alpine, Terlingua, Marfa, and Fort Davis.

This is a brief list based on my travels and a project I’ve done for Texas State Parks

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So appreciate your suggestions! We are enjoying the Texas SP system and I’m more interested in natural environs than cities. Thank you greatly
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Old 02-11-2019, 07:07 PM   #60
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So appreciate your suggestions! We are enjoying the Texas SP system and I’m more interested in natural environs than cities. Thank you greatly
I live outside of Fort Davis, it's about as natural as it gets. If you want to chat, PM me.
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I live outside of Fort Davis, it's about as natural as it gets. If you want to chat, PM me.
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We are currently in Austin area. Looking at weather and winds, we are thinking San Antonio for 2 nites and then continue west. Struggling with routes and where to stop between San Antonio and El Paso area. Is it better to take 10 across or 90? Marfa is of interest to my husband, a sculptor and artist in a past life. We don’t like to go much more than 300 miles a day but I see long stretches ahead. Fort Stockton looks real windy over the next week. Big Bend might be too far as we need to be in San Diego mid March. Your thoughts?
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From SA I like hwy 90. Check out Seminole Canyon SP. For a short drive out of SA, Garner SP is pretty nice, we go often. Great hikes and great river.

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We are currently in Austin area. Looking at weather and winds, we are thinking San Antonio for 2 nites and then continue west. Struggling with routes and where to stop between San Antonio and El Paso area. Is it better to take 10 across or 90? Marfa is of interest to my husband, a sculptor and artist in a past life. We don’t like to go much more than 300 miles a day but I see long stretches ahead. Fort Stockton looks real windy over the next week. Big Bend might be too far as we need to be in San Diego mid March. Your thoughts?
300 miles a day doesn't get you to many great sites on 10 until your out of Texas... And then you really need to watch the wind thru NM and AZ.....When we drove to San Diego last month, we had trouble finding RV parks that were not full due to the oil workers in the area on 10 and really, that drive from San Antonio thru Ft. Stockton to El Paso is not very scenic...honestly, neither is the drive to/from Big Bend..lots of nothin in between. Ft. Stockton is a bit over 300 miles from either Austin or San Antonio. If you wanted to spend a day/night in Fredricksburg area it will be about 250 miles to Ft. Stockton. A good place to stay in Fort Stockton area is the Fort Stockton RV Park (432) 395-2494; we stayed there last month coming back from San Diego; it is quiet, clean restrooms and good cable/wifi reception. You can make it to Las Crucis NM past El Paso next day 290 miles. In Las Crucis, we stayed at Hacienda RV Park...very nice and clean also. (575) 528-5800

Tucson easy drive next day about 270 miles...in Tucson, we stayed at Pacacho Peak RV resort(520) 466-7841, about 315 from Las Crucis; it was nice but highway noise. (our neighbors from MT winter there, which is why we stayed) From Tucson, you can make it into San Diego. We diverted after Yuma and went straight to Borrego Springs for few nights, then into San Diego. Borrego Springs State Park is great or you can boondock in the desert just outside of town for free... if you have the time. San Diego is only couple hours drive from Borrego springs and the drive thru Julian is very pretty...stop in Julian and get an apple pie; to die for!

If your looking for a RV place in San Diego, we stayed at Mission Bay RV park. Very central to SD and Old Town, right on the bay, but a bit pricy...
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We are currently in Austin area. Looking at weather and winds, we are thinking San Antonio for 2 nites and then continue west. Struggling with routes and where to stop between San Antonio and El Paso area. Is it better to take 10 across or 90? Marfa is of interest to my husband, a sculptor and artist in a past life. We don’t like to go much more than 300 miles a day but I see long stretches ahead. Fort Stockton looks real windy over the next week. Big Bend might be too far as we need to be in San Diego mid March. Your thoughts?
It's kind of a toss up between I10 and US90 as far as ease of travel. US90 between San Antonio and Del Rio has a lot of small towns and since it is not an Interstate there are traffic lights. I10 West out of San Antonio has a lot of traffic until you get into the Hill Country. As a first time traveler out here, I think I10 would be more to your liking. You get to go through the Hill Country and then get to experience, since you are from the East, what I can only describe as an epiphany. The first time I went that route, I'm originally from the East too, when I left Ozona, came over a small rise and could see forever.

In any event you will go through the Big Bend region, I10 is the northern boundary and US 90 goes right through it. Fort Stockton is the pits, but from there you can take highway 67 to Alpine and then to Marfa.

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This is perfect!! We are booked in mission bay rv mid March. How did you go to Borrego springs? rte 10 and then south? I hate highways and am always looking for side roads unless they add too much time.
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I-10 for a straight shot. Hwy 90 for a taste of Texas.
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Take Hwy 90 from SA to Van Horn. Cuz it's I-10 the rest of the way to Phoenix. Not a lot of optional roads out West.

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This is perfect!! We are booked in mission bay rv mid March. How did you go to Borrego springs? rte 10 and then south? I hate highways and am always looking for side roads unless they add too much time.
We took the 86 thru Imperial to 78 into Borrego Springs. Once in BorregoSprings, there are a few RV parks that are nice but also expensive. We usually boondock or stay at the State Park (make reservations on line) if we can. We have had reasonable luck with just showing up early in the morning and got in without reservations, but reservations are best. WE love to boondock just outside of town on Rockhouse Trail off of S22; look for Rockhouse Camp Ground on the map...it's free. You will see other RV's out there...just pick a spot and enjoy the stars....unbelievable at night. Desert should be full of spring blooms about now... great to hike and explore the area..the desert iron sculptures are everywhere; you can also get some fresh citrus all over...$3 for 10 pound bags of orange/grapefruit at corner of Hendereson canyon and De Georgio; honor system...sample the fruit/ leave payment in the can! It's just down the road from Rockhouse area..Their is a great little grocery store in the town, a True Value with propane, and several good restaurants...surprisingly, they have everything...restaurants to try include Carlees for burgers and drinks; Kesslers across the street for great pizza and museum; Kendals is a sleeper for breakfast or dinner and the gift shop across from Kendals has excellent selection of everything...shoes, cloths, upscale camping supplies, wines, cheese...again, not what you would expect in a little town. But when you leave, go thru Julian...take your time getting out of Borrego cause going over the canyon road is steep in places and motorcycles love to fly thru there. You can get great pies and food in Julian...very nice town to visit shops when your heading to San Diego; but the best pies to go are at Julian Pie Company, in Santa Ysabel, just passt Julian a few miles...it's on your way to San Diego on the right at the corner of 78 and 79. There are several ways to get to Mission Bay, but you will need to get over to the 5. In Old Town, visit The Tequila Factory for brunch on Sat or Sun...you won't be dissapointed! Enjoy San Diego...Jakes in Del Mar or Eddie V's in La Jolla also for sunset dinner...
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Any other good spots...please send along. This Sound’s heavenly.
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Here is just one example of the desert art in Borrego..there are giant creatures and bugs like this all over the place!
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