Saturday the 12th we were ready to leave Post Texas and move on to other places. Today would be a pretty easy travel day to Ranger Texas about 200 miles away. We head southeast out of Ranger on 84 for 75 miles and then East on I 20 for another 125 and we get to Ranger. Patty took the wheel today and I manned the radio and CD player.
The most notable thing we saw along the way was the Sweetwater Wind Farm. I have never seen anything like this. It has something like 500 windmills generating over 585 MW of power. That’s about the equivalency of 500 diesel locomotives. It looks like a forest of windmills. This is another area that I don’t think pictures will do this any justice, one must experience this to appreciate the magnitude of this wind farm.
|It's hard to see in the pictures, but this view is all around us and as far back as you can see.|
We arrived at the RL RV Park in Ranger around 2 in the afternoon. RL has about 60 long (80 feet) gravel pull through sites. There is some railroad and traffic noise but not so much that it would keep us awake.
It seems that they do not man the office here very often. They have all of the instructions for check in listed on a white board next to the door. They offer the Passport America discount of 50% so the cost was $20 a night. I put $40 in the envelope, put the site number we picked out, and wrote our Passport number on the outside and then put the whole thing into the slot near the front door of the office. That was it and we never heard or saw anyone from the park in the 2 days we were here.
|Our site here in Ranger Texas.|
We did some research about the area and found that there really isn't much here for us. Ranger is a small town of about 2,550 people and looks to be getting smaller. Most of the businesses downtown are closed and boarded up. The town gets its name from the Texas Ranger military settlement in the late 1800’s that was a couple of miles from where the town is today. It has a population of around 30,000 during the oil boom around 1920 which only lasted here for 2 years. Since then, the population has steadily declined.
|The Prickly Pear Cactus are now in bloom here.|
Anyway, this is just a stopover for us on our way to Dallas. The big thing for us in this area is that it has a Wal-Mart a few miles to the west. We haven’t been in a Wally World for a couple of weeks and are now experiencing major withdrawal to get the things we need. We also wanted to thoroughly clean the interior of the RV after all of the dust we went through for the past week.
That’s really it for the Ranger stopover. Tomorrow we head to Dallas which is only 140 miles away. We will be there for a week.
Oh, and by the way, it is raining now (Monday morning the 14th) and is to continue for the next few days. Really don't like to drive in the rain.