McDonald Observatory Route, Fort Davis, Texas

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On our second day in the Fort Davis area, Texas Tim and I planned a road ride. These roads are quite amazing with almost zero traffic!

These first three images are actually from the day before but seemed to fit with the road riding theme happening today.

Same road with some filters applied. I actually took this image driving into Fort Davis and literally stopped in the middle of the highway and shot photography for a few minutes.

Now we join the road ride already in progress…… starting with a rare photo of your’s truly courtesy of Texas Tim.

In the canyons along the ride, the trees were barely hanging on to the colors of Fall.

We rolled through the town of Fort Davis. It’s a sleepy little village in the middle of nowhere.

The countryside offered amazing view of the West Texas Desert.

Tim rolls along the quiet roads of West Texas.

I did not expect to see a herd of wild sheep! We actually saw two wild herds…. or the same wild herd twice.

This scenery reminds me of the old western movies and I half expected to be ambushed by a gang of cowboys.

You will not see any cars along this 75 mile route as there just weren’t any!

Tim was relatively compliant when I asked him to stage up some photographs.

Maybe a little less complaint as the ride went on as you can see he is way up the road.

Finally, we rolled upon the McDonald Observatory. You can click on that link to learn more about this famous set of telescopes. Many of you might already know that I am a bit of an astronomical junkie so it was cool to see this observatory in person. It is located in a very dark part of the world and I can indeed confirm that it is dark at night.

You can get an idea of the scale of these telescopes by comparing them to the trees at their bases.

Cheers everyone and Happy Thanksgiving!

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