We were supposed to leave San Angelo State Park on Wednesday, but the forecast for Wednesday and Thursday looked horrible, so we paid for two more nights.
The predictions were correct. Wednesday was miserable, cold & rainy. Thursday was less rainy, but windier and colder. The temperature never got above 40 degrees.
We were quite glad we didn't have to travel on either day.
Thursday night, the temperatures dropped into the 20s. We were running an electric heater, our fireplace, and our furnace. In fact, we've run the furnace more in the last three days than we have in the last three years.
This morning, Friday, was sunny, but it was only 27 when I got up. We decided to travel, but we let it warm up.
Our plan was to drive southwest about 210 miles to Balmorhea, but the campground at the Balmorhea State Park is closed for renovations. And the RV park where we had stayed years before - Saddleback Mountain RV Park - was full.
So, our back-up plan was to continue on I-10 to Van Horn, TX where there are a couple of Passport America parks. It would be a 280-mile day, a very long one for us.
I bundled up in a couple of fleece shirts, two pairs of pants, a knit cap, and gloves. I had disconnected the water after putting some in our fresh water tank on Tuesday, so I didn't have a lot on the outside to do.
Eventually, we got packed up and pulled out of our campsite. It was about 11:30, when we finished up at the dump station and left the park.
We took U.S. 67 southwest all the way to I-10 west. Just before we got to I-10, we started seeing remnants of yesterday's snow. It was sunny and in the mid 40s, so we figured it would all have melted by now. But the farther west we went, the more snow we saw.
The mountains in front of us were covered.
We stopped for Linda to get fuel between Balmorhea and Kent, and I took more photos of the snow.
It was odd that we hadn't gotten any snow in San Angelo, but 220 miles southwest there was a lot of the white stuff.
Snow in the southwest Texas desert was just not what were were expecting, but it was pretty.
Moving on, we exited I-10 at Van Horn. We pulled into the Desert Willow RV Park. The main part of the little park was already filled with RVs, but there was another section across the street.
The 50% Passport America rate is $13.50 per night for cash or $14.00 for credit. As another reminder, there is a holiday special going on at Passport America - check it out here: Passport America Holiday Promotion.
We pulled into a site and plugged in. Linda got the inside set up, and I added water to our fresh water tank as temperatures are supposed to be below freezing again tonight.
This park certainly isn't our kind of place with its close sites and being sandwiched between I-10 and a close, busy railroad track. But it's reasonable, we'll stay warm with the full hook-ups and 50 amps, and it'll do for a couple of nights allowing us to go through El Paso on Sunday. Hopefully, it will be better than the other times we've been through that city.
Well, that's it for now. Next stop - New Mexico.