Traveled to San Angelo on the recommendation of friends. Camped at the San Angelo State Park on the NW side of the city. The sites are all very large and have expansive views of the surrounding area. Lots of mesquite trees, cacti, and probably lots of critters, although we didn’t see too many. We explored the town, restocked groceries, caught up on laundry, relaxed at the library and generally lazed around enjoying the quiet. We were graced with an amazing harvest moon on Friday night, then watched the Packers game on Sunday.
Originally our plan was to go south through Sonora and Fort Stockton, then on to Carlsbad, but we decided to detour more to the west hoping to avoid much of the oil truck traffic. As it turned out, it was a great idea. Our route took us through an area of Texas that showed us huge wind farms, oil and gas derricks, miles of seemingly barren landscape with mesquite and cacti, and copper-colored clay fields. As a plus, the highway was smooth and relatively less traveled. We decided to spend the night in the town of Andrews, Texas, so we checked online and noticed that the Andrews Chamber of Commerce had a few RV parking spots, so we called and they told us to come on in. They had 5 water/electric hookups right behind the Chamber offices for RVers to use as their guest. What a nice little town. We had dinner (best steak fingers in Texas!) then walked down to the city park which had a small lake, ball fields and a paved walking path around the lake.
Two nights in Andrews then we were on to Carlsbad!