Friday, February 15, 2019

Welcome to Alpine, Texas!

Goodbye to Tucson on Wednesday and off to West Texas! We drove to El Paso this past Wednesday and planned to stay a couple of days. Our resident weather expert (Heather) predicted very windy driving conditions for Friday, so we drove on to Alpine, Texas on Valentine's Day. We avoided excessive West Texas winds and got to drive through Valentine, Texas on Valentine's Day! Alpine, Texas is one of our favorite small towns to visit and we love staying at the Lost Alaskan RV Park on the north edge of town.

Friday found us making possibly our last visit to Big Bend Brewing Company. Big Bend Brewing has been one of our favorite breweries and we were very sad to learn that they may be ceasing operations for good (some sort of business/financial mess). The social webs had them open for a limited time (February 14 & 15), two days in a row from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The brewery was packed as it appeared they were closing out many tasty beers and a variety of merchandise.

We had the pleasure of meeting several undergrad and graduate students from Sul Ross University too.

On Friday we finally made our first visit to the Museum of the Big Bend located on the campus of Sul Ross University in Alpine. The museum is very good with a wide variety of history about the settling of the region, geology, and contains an excellent collection of Texas maps.

​The Lobo artwork/sculpture/fountain above is located on the campus of Sul Ross University. A tip of the hat to acknowledge our friend Audre Casteel - Audre is a graduate of Sul Ross University, go Lobo's!!!

Closing shot above - my favorite beer from Big Bend Brewing, "Charles Prince of Whalez" - Imperial Stout!