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Aunt Libby is an amazing host! She prepared a hot breakfast and coffee for us, packed us up some snacks and gave us the keys to her Hummer and told us to head out and have fun! She's an amazing woman-- she has a professional career, a PhD, and is now semi-retired (still doing lots of consulting) up here in the Davis Mountains. She has killed 22 javelina on her property this year -- ferral hogs that over-run the area and cause lots of destruction. Great story teller too!
The drive down the mountain in the Hummer was amazingly smooth! Very different than in my car, as the suspension in the Hummer is not as tight, so it did not feel like we were driving on a wash board any longer. We had some great views along the way -- over toward Big Bend National Park, down toward Mexico, off toward the McDonald's Observatory.
We started out at Fort Davis National Historic Site for a quick walk around. Fort Davis was established by the US Calvary before the Civil War as an outpost to protect settlers from Indians during those times. It went into dis-repair during Civil War times and use by the confederacy. It was reinvigorated after the Civil War, and housed the famous "Buffalo Soldiers" -- the first all black units in the US Calvary. There are lots of the original buildings here -- the hospital, officer's quarters, soldiers' barracks, etc. It is all in a beautiful setting with huge granite rock outcroppings all around.
After our tour of the national historic site, we walked around the town checking out some local art shops, rock shops and book shops. We had a nice lunch at Cueva where I had a great chile relleno.
Fort Davis is the county seat of Jeff Davis County, and we had to get a picture of the Courthouse here on the main square. We also had to go to the main hotel here, the Hotel Limpia ("clean" in Spanish, but really named after Limpia Creek which runs through here). Beautiful old hotel. Would be fun to stay here sometime -- but I am glad we are out at Aunt Libby's. It's more like a Bed and Breakfast!