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Where to ring in the New Year

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Offline sstrong42

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Where to ring in the New Year
« on: November 13, 2008, 03:08:29 PM »
This Christmas I've decided to do something a little different to celebrate my 29th birthday and the Winter Solstice.  I'll be heading solo out to the BIBE area for my 3rd attempt at the OML and several days of time to roam my favorite part of the planet.  Here's where I am so far:

Christmas Eve - Leave Dallas and head to BIBE, arrive around 3-4pm.  I'll be reserving a site at Chisos Basin and camping.  Eating dinner and getting a good hot breakfast in me before hitting the OML.  I'll be spending 3 nights out in the back country.  I'll be camping in Lower Juniper Zone, Homer Wilson Zone, and Laguna West 3 on my hike.  That puts me back inthe Basin sometime on the 28th.  I planned on booking a room in the Basin for that night.  The next day I was thinking about maybe car camping in a spot in the park I've never visited.  Tuesday I want to go to the Star Party at the McDonald Observatory, so I was thinking of Lodging in Ft. Davis.  Maybe at the Lodge at the State Park, maybe in. Ft. Davis, and maybe camping.  I can't decide. 

I don't know where to spend NYE though!  Marfa?  Alpine?  Terlingua? 

I'll be going at this alone, so want to do something that would be friendly.  I'm thinking NYE in Marfa so I can check out the whole Chinati Foundation, but alas, it's closed NYE and NY Day.  I'm open to suggestions!  Help me out!

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Re: Where to ring in the New Year
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2008, 03:45:22 PM »
I've been to lots of the star parties at McDonald Observatory and they are great, but if it was me I'd stay in the Terlingua area for the New Year.  I'm sure there'll be parties at the Starlight and La Kiva.

But if you're in the Ft. Davis-Marfa-Alpine area and you want a wild and crazy time, then try the Railroad Blues in Alpine - http://www.railroadblues.com/   The only downside (if you're not a smoker) is that it can get pretty smokey.
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Offline sstrong42

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Re: Where to ring in the New Year
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2008, 04:09:26 PM »
I've been to lots of the star parties at McDonald Observatory and they are great, but if it was me I'd stay in the Terlingua area for the New Year.  I'm sure there'll be parties at the Starlight and La Kiva.

But if you're in the Ft. Davis-Marfa-Alpine area and you want a wild and crazy time, then try the Railroad Blues in Alpine - http://www.railroadblues.com/   The only downside (if you're not a smoker) is that it can get pretty smokey.

Well, I want to take advantage of the new moon and clear skies while I'm out there.  I've only been to one other star party and it satisfied the nerd in me something fierce. 

Where all is lodging available in Terlingua?  I think I'd wanna get a semi-swanky room to stumble into in the wee hours of the New Year.

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Offline westtex

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Re: Where to ring in the New Year
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2008, 04:19:12 PM »
La Kiva New Years party.  Camp in the parking lot.  Or Easter Egg Motel is close to La Kive.
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Offline riverrat

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Re: Where to ring in the New Year
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2008, 04:39:25 PM »
We'll be at the Easter Egg Motel (aka Chisos Mining Co). Doubt we'll be hitting any parties though. Did enough of that when we were younger. :vomit:  If we want to hear music we'll sit outside and catch the tunes that drift up from wherever they come. Would rather get a good night's rest and hit the trails early on New Year's Day while the partiers sleep it off! :icon_lol: I don't know that I'd call the CMC a swanky place but it will be clean, dry and fairly warm. Wherever you end up have fun and be safe!
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Re: Where to ring in the New Year
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2008, 04:43:38 PM »
Well, I want to take advantage of the new moon and clear skies while I'm out there.  I've only been to one other star party and it satisfied the nerd in me something fierce. 

Where all is lodging available in Terlingua?  I think I'd wanna get a semi-swanky room to stumble into in the wee hours of the New Year.

Yeah, I understand wanting to attend the star party. I've been an astronomy nerd for a long time, and McDonald does a great job.

This is a busy time of the year in Big Bend, so no matter where you decide to stay, make room reservations now. Here's a link to places to stay in the Big Bend - http://www.visitbigbend.com/wheretostay.html 

You can read lodging reviews here - http://www.bigbendchat.com/portal/forum/index.php/board,44.0.html

And a little off-topic (sorry, Richard) - for star parties under dark skies a little closer to you, check out the Comanche Springs Astronomy Campus - http://www.3rf.org/Sciences/CSAC/ComancheSprings.htm
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