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Rainy Day Activities ???????

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Offline Daryl

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Rainy Day Activities ???????
« on: April 07, 2007, 12:46:21 AM »
I love the rain.  But, freezing rain in April is not my cup of tea.

My sister and brother-in-law arrived this evening for a three day visit.  Looks like we'll have cold, wet, windy weather for at least one of those days (tomorrow).

Anyone have any suggestions for activities in such unpleasant weather?  My b-i-l is a historian for the NPS.  I'm thinking a trip to Fort Leaton with a stop off at Barton Warnock might be a decent way to spend the rainy day.  Anyone have any other ideas?

OR, anyone have any ideas on must see items for a historian?  They stopped at Fort Davis on the way down, so that has been covered already.
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Offline presidio

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Re: Rainy Day Activities ???????
« Reply #1 on: April 07, 2007, 02:05:17 AM »
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OR, anyone have any ideas on must see items for a historian?  They stopped at Fort Davis on the way down, so that has been covered already.


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Rainy Day Activities ???????
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2007, 07:09:05 AM »
I second the Shafter recommendation.  Well worth seeing.

Also, i you could reach Blair Pittman (I think he lives in the Terlingua area), he would likely give you a tour of his place that has one of the old mercury mines on it.  (I think it is the old Waldron Mine).


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Offline Daryl

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« Reply #3 on: April 07, 2007, 09:59:46 PM »
Thanks for the suggestions.  We tried to make it out to Shafter, with stops at Barton Warnock, LaHideous (needed a toilet), Crow Village and Fort Leaton, plus a half dozen other photo stops along the way.  Unfortunately, we ran out of time and never made it to Shafter.  Oh well, that gives us an excuse for another trip out that way.  I've driven by Shafter, but haven't yet spent any time there.  I'll have to remedy that soon.

The suggestion about the mine tour by Blair Pittman is worthy of a very strong second.  I wish I had thought about that ahead of time and worked it out with Blair.  He's shown me around out there before.  It would be great to see that mine and town restored as a state historic site (or even just a well done tourist trap).  I think you're right that the mine is the old "Waldron Mine"  the little town there is "Villa de la Mina" (Town of the Mine).
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Rainy Day Activities ???????
« Reply #4 on: April 09, 2007, 12:37:03 PM »
You should have shot over to Chinati Hot Springs, it would have been perfect this past weekend.  

I was stuck working in the Davis Mtns while it snowed, not too much fun.
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« Reply #5 on: April 09, 2007, 07:49:37 PM »
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You should have shot over to Chinati Hot Springs, it would have been perfect this past weekend.

I haven't been there yet.  It's definitely on my to do list.
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« Reply #6 on: April 11, 2007, 05:42:24 PM »
This guide has lots of links for what to do on a rainy day...
http://www.traveltex.com/tours/TourDetails.aspx?SID=110

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SHANEA

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or, how about this...
« Reply #7 on: April 11, 2007, 07:22:15 PM »
Personally, I think this would be a great place for a romantic get away or honeymoon or whatever..

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