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Old 07-16-2012, 06:43 PM   #15
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Sounds like a great trip keep the pictures coming. I have a quick question for you concerning your rank. I was drafted in 1970 and spent 2 years in the Army got to E-4 specialist, is CSM E-8 or E-9, I have forgotten a lot in 40+ years since being in the Army, Thanks for the service.
CSM = Command Sergeants Major, SGM is Sergeants Major both are E-9. 1SG= First Sergeant, MSG is Master Sergeant both are E-8.
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I agree on the state parks, love the pictures.
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Old 07-16-2012, 11:36 PM   #17
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looking forward to the rest of the story. It will give me ideas for when we hit the road.

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Old 07-18-2012, 08:54 AM   #18
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9,000 miles STOP 2

Larry thanks for your service! I also entered the service in 1970..hard time for all of us. CSM is E-9.
STOP 2 .....will be broken into two parts...1 Balmorhea State park....Part 2....Fort Davis NHS just down the road.

Balmorhea is a great place to visit, sit in the middle of no where, about 2+ hours east of El Paso. It took us about 2.5-3 hours from South Llano Park. The area between these two parks (I10) has some long steep grades, we also had a head wind of about 30-40 MPH all the way. Balmorhea has the world's larges man made swimming pool. It's all spring fed and the remains about 72-76* all the time. Most everything here was build by the CCC in the 1930's. Camp spots here are large, easy to get in/out have tables/grills. Not much shade! So enjoy the pictures...and hop on line and order your new Texas State Park guide (FREE). You can more in detail about our parks, well over 100 of them!!
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Old 07-18-2012, 09:09 AM   #19
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9,000 miles...STOP 2..part 2 Ft. Davis

Fort Davis is a must see if your in the area. A short drive from I10 (45-60 miles). Ft Davis has many restore building and sits in the Davis Mountains. You can reallly get a feeling what the soldiers of 1800 had to go throught! Some great displays. This is one of the many restored forts along the way. Most of the soldiers sent here were BUFFALO soldiers. Pack a lunch/drinks and plan on spending a day to see the entire post.
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Old 07-18-2012, 01:40 PM   #20
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Great pictures. Been on that same route before, love west Texas. Are y'all going to McDonald's observatory next? That is the one place in that area that I have not been able to visit. Where are you staying in that area?

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Interesting blog. Looking forward to more.
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Old 07-24-2012, 10:04 AM   #22
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9,000 Miles...STOP 3

Sorry so late getting things posted, but when the Grand Kids arrive from Montana, thing sorta come to a stop for them!! BEFORE WE GO TO STOP 3, Their are so many things to see in the west Texas area, we didnot visit 1/3 of them, Big Bend NP, Amistad NRA, Guadalupe Mountain NP, Davis Mountain SP, Hueco Tanks SP, McDonald Observatory and I could go on and on with another half page. The point is, THIS not all desert, so many thing to see, I would have to spend 2 full weeks at least. So on this trip we just hit the HIGH points!!
STOP 3 AND 4,.....Stop 3 was El Paso, I have very good friend in El Paso wo we stop for a couple day, on the way the TRUCK started to run WARN...not hot, running about 220*. Now my truck dosen't like it hot!! I see a drop in MPG and performance, We pulled into the Fort Bliss FAMCAMP, and settled into a nice spot. Keep in mind, this is desert country, shades my mean a tall brush!!! Camp spots are nice and the HOST was great! I would suggest this for a nice layover if your in the area. Lots to see and do in the El Paso area. We Spent most of our time at Bill's place, eating & drinking! Yes we did replace the thermostat in the truck, took a whole 5 min!!!
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9,000 miles...STOP 4

After a short stay in El Paso...We head west on I10 across NM into AZ. We found a little RV stop in Benson, AZ. We stopped for the night and enjoyed so shades from several large cottonwood trees and cable TV all for $20.00 a night!! Next day after a 3 hour drive we arrived at our next stop..TUCSON....A super nice town with all the shopping you can do! Again we elected to stay on a Military Post...DAVIS-MONTHAN AFB. A really nice FAMCAMP, nice open spots, with a little shade, laundry, and the camp ground HOST again were super!! The AFB is close to everything...so just park and enjoy!..We visited SCI, they have a great museum that is well worth the visit!! Also SAGUARO NP, AND THE PINA AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM. The weather was VERY hot even for this time of the 105*, so prepare with plenty of water and don't lock your pets in the car!! Even if you leave them in the TT, be sure to post a note on the door with your phone number if it's needed in case of an emergency!
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Bringing back some fond memories. We stayed at South Llano and Davis Mountains State Park last year while travelling through TX. Loved both spots!
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