Wednesday, July 02, 2008


After what seemed like endless hours chugging along I-10 across the barren West Texas desert, we pulled into a little oasis.

Balmorhea State Park is a small park with a giant spring-fed swimming pool. Built by the New Deal-era Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s, the pool is up to 25 feet deep in spots and contains various plant life and small fish.

The nearby San Solomon Spring feeds the pool with 72-degree water year-round - very nice for swimming on a hot summer day.

"Mmmmmm, pizza!" (Pizza is Rowan's favorite these days.)

We spent the night in the campground, which was mostly adequate - except for the deep mud and giant puddles left by the afternoon's thunderstorms. Also, the neighborhood was a little bit cramped for our style - definitely not much privacy in these campsites! Nevertheless, it was nice to be in the desert, with the beautiful landscape, interesting wildlife and gorgeous sunset.

We hit the road early in the morning, before hardly any other campers had emerged. We had another long day of driving ahead to finally get out of Texas and make it to Tucson, Arizona.

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