3/27-30/12, Davis Mountains State Park, TX

My site at Davis Mountains SP

My site at Davis Mountains SP

My original intentions here was to get a water only site like I had done at Seminole Canyon SP. But, there is no cell service in the park, and I asked if their wifi reached any sites. Since wifi is available at the Interpretive Center they had a couple sites they thought it might get to – and I took one. A w/e site. They also have full hookup sites at this park – mainly long pull-throughs and those book up often in advance. The big rigs need them. I love my site – at the end of a road with so much space. Beautiful. I also checked out the rest of the campground and found the site I would have taken if I hadn’t wanted wifi. Plus I still had a 1/2 off night with the Texas SP’s – so using that made things very reasonable. And I’ll be boondocking at least the next few nights after leaving.

One of the full hook-up pull throughs

One of the full hook-up pull throughs

An occupied fhu pull-through site

An occupied fhu pull-through site

Pyrrhuloxia

Pyrrhuloxia

Don’t expect me to type that name again… hahaha

Black Chinned Hummingbird, I believe

Black Chinned Hummingbird, I believe

Pyrrhuloxia

Pyrrhuloxia

(I copied and pasted)

Peaches and I went up to one of the scenic viewpoints. The next 3 pictures are all looking one-way – they would fit together to show that direction.

We headed back home because to the west …

That sky and the rain looked pretty threatening.

That sky and the rain looked pretty threatening.

What came over us wasn’t as bad and didn’t last long, whew.

This park has two wonderful bird-viewing areas. One of them is under a shelter with benches where you can sit and the birds come to the feeders and trees right in front of you without paying you any attention. The other also has bird-feeders, and a beautiful area for the birds, but you come to a man-made wall with holes to watch them through.

Bird-viewing area

Bird-viewing area

The area the birds have on their side of that wall.

The area the birds have on their side of that wall.

Red-naped Sapsucker

Red-naped Sapsucker

Sorry for the blurry picture, but it was dusk and I didn’t dare use a flash.

Another pic of my site.

Another pic of my site.

Acorn Woodpecker

Acorn Woodpecker

Love the clown-like face on that woodpecker.

And how many birds can a bird feeder hold?

And how many birds can a bird feeder hold?

At the far walking/driving end beyond the campsites is the Indian Lodge. This is a lodge originally built by the CCC in the 1930′s. It’s white adobe, has been (it appears) recently painted, and has a restaurant. Looks really nice.

Indian Lodge

Indian Lodge

Wilson's Warblers

Wilson's Warblers

The Wilson’s Warblers migrate through here – are just visiting.

Aren't we pretty?  Oh so pretty?

Aren't we pretty? Oh so pretty?

You called?

You called?

Black Crested Titmouse

Black Crested Titmouse

I'm a comin' to join you.

I'm a comin' to join you.

One of my favorite bird pics.

One of my favorite bird pics.

Proof you don't have to be birds of a feather to flock together.

Proof you don't have to be birds of a feather to flock together.

This is a wonderful state park. Birding is great for birders. Javelinas walk around the campground. (They got their own post). Deer also. Great trails. But, I’m going to say – some of these trails are not easy. Not medium. If not for my walking stick which I usually forget to take, I would have been in deep trouble today. With it, was ok. And the trail was way worth it. (I did various trails here – today I did the longest, by combining 2 – the CCC trail out and the scenic Skyline Drive trail back).

Looking down on my site.

Looking down on my site.

We go up.

We go up.

See some scenic views - springtime greens.

See some scenic views - springtime greens.

That's our CCC trail going up, up up.

That's our CCC trail going up, up up.

This bird followed us for quite a distance.

This bird followed us for quite a distance.

Well, he would jump/fly ahead, wait, jump/fly ahead, wait. Was cute.

And up some more.

And up some more.

Feeling like I'm on top of the world.

Feeling like I'm on top of the world.

And down.

And down.

The Indian Lodge in the distance.

The Indian Lodge in the distance.

Zooming in.

Zooming in.

The cg in the distance

The cg in the distance

Peaches and I got into a couple arguments during this hike. After we were on the Skyline Drive trail I mentioned to her we were “heading home”. Well more than once she thought that meant she could get off the trail and head down the side of the mountain. I had to explain that I couldn’t do that. Every now and then she’d try again. And each time we were on the side with the campground. I’m sure she couldn’t figure out why if we were “going home” we couldn’t just go – instead of the switchback after switchback I took her on. Was quite funny actually. She could have scrambled down that mountain fairly easily, I’m sure.

Bridge over the dried creek.

Bridge over the dried creek.

Who knows what this once was.

Who knows what this once was.

Just walking through the campsites, Excuse me, please.

Just walking through the campsites, Excuse me, please.

Before leaving tomorrow I’ll try once more to find the Montezuma Quail that live here year round. Haven’t been lucky enough to see one yet.

Peaches just started growling and ran to a window. Wonder if some javelina are back in our site. Pitch black out there, so I sure can’t tell.

This is a truly wonderful place to spend some time. I’ll be back. But next stop should have me in NM.