Balmorhea State Park

I awoke Monday morning to an orchestra of beautiful bird song. I would have stayed in bed and listened for another hour, but Mike and I had agreed that we needed to leave South Llano River State Park fairly early for the day’s drive.

We headed west on I-10. What a long, rather desolate road. Not many towns along the way; even fewer gas stations right off of the highway.

As we approached Fort Stockton, we decided we’d drive another hour to Balmorhea State Park. The Ticknor family had suggested we visit here to check out the spring-fed swimming pool.

Mike has gotten pretty good at backing the trailer into camping spots. This place, however, gave him a run for his money. Of course, the curbed roads and 90* angled site didn’t help much. (Next time I’ll pay the extra few dollars for a pull-thru site).

After setting up camp and catching a quick snack, we suited up and headed to the spring-fed pool. We were told that the water temp is 72-74* year round. Data chose the “get all wet at once” approach off the diving board while Miranda slowly crept in at the shallow end.

After Mike went in and exclaimed that it was a bit chilly, I decided to sit along the edge and just let my feet experience the water (I’ve been sick, so probably best that I didn’t go in).

Miranda didn’t last long—she didn’t care for the nibbling fish. I think Data and Mike lasted longer because they kept jumping in and swimming back to the edge to climb out before the fish gathered around them.

It was too bad that we felt the need to move on this morning—there were two other full-timing families in the park. We met one family shortly after our arrival yesterday and met the father of the other family this morning. Data would have had a fun time hanging with other boys his age.

Information about the Springs

Information about the Springs

Fish in the pool

Fish in the pool

Spring-fed Pool

Spring-fed Pool

Jumping in!

Jumping in!

Swimming with Storybird

Swimming with Storybird

MsBoyink experienced her toes getting wet

MsBoyink experienced her toes getting wet

Benches by the restrooms

Benches by the restrooms

Sunset over the Davis Mountains

Sunset over the Davis Mountains

Sunrise from our bedroom window

Sunrise from our bedroom window

West Texas view

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4 Comments Balmorhea State Park

  1. Picture of DanielleDanielleFebruary 26, 2011

    Hi Boyinks!

    Just got your message on our blog. We would love to meet you. Hopefully our paths will cross. When you do you plan on being in AZ or Grand Canyon? We will be there mid to late March. Lets make sure to keep in touch.

    Best!
    Danielle and Greg
    [email protected]

  2. Picture of Michael BoyinkMichael BoyinkFebruary 26, 2011

    We have a class to teach in Phoenix at the end of march. That’s the only real hard date at this point ..:). Much of our route will depend on weather.

  3. Picture of Mark RandallMark RandallMarch 02, 2011

    I have not been watching the travels.  Shame on me.  I arrived in Ft. Stockton on the 22nd.  Was traveling up I-10 the same day from Kerrville.  Daughter and son-in-law were moving from the Ft. Stockton area back to Robert Lee, TX.  Not much to see but elk, deer and turkey…coulda, woulda, shoulda been paying attention to show you the ranch where they were leaving. 

    Sorry about my luck.  I will be watching closer.

    Mark

  4. Picture of BoyinkBoyinkMarch 03, 2011

    Hey Mark -

    Yes - that’s too bad, we would have loved to see the game on the ranch!

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