Garvey is on the move!

Garvey is on the move!

We left Livingston, TX yesterday, making our way to Tucson to pick up more astronomy equipment. Our friend, Heather, will join us in a couple weeks for a few days of fun. Monday, we stayed overnight at a Walmart in Boerne, TX. We got an early start when the tow motors starting unloading pallets near our rig. That early start allowed us to travel all the way to Van Horn, TX, where we decided on a whim to pull into the Mountain View RV Park. It lives up to its namesake with a great view. We hope to get another early start in the morning, and plan on making it to Tucson. Maybe. We’ll see. If not, we’ll pull in on Thursday morning. On Friday and Saturday, we will have training on our new astro equipment at Starizona. Here are some images from our stay in Van Horn.

The mountains in the distance, just before sunset.


The sun going down in a blaze of beauty.


As with much of the west, there is a distinct beauty in the starkness of the land.


The moon soars above all tonight.


Missy checks out the landscape. She didn’t find anything interesting.


I think a bird lost the battle with a hawk. There were other small feathers scattered around the large one.
This is a Megatra cancellata, commonly known as the Blister Beetle. The red and black serve as a warning to anyone wanting to pick it up. The effects of contact result in painful blisters. We steered clear of it as it made its way across the parking lot.


The sun sets after a good day.


The RV Park has an iconic old sign on the property.


The view from our front window.



7 Replies to “Garvey is on the move!”

  1. Thank you for taking the trouble to journal and post these pictures! The beauty of America found in the lesser known places still awes me and lifts my spirits. Will you be able to take photos through your new astronomical equipment? I hope so.

    1. There are so many little gems in this great land. There is beauty all around if we just take the time to look. John and I believe that the wonder of the stars should be shared with others. However, many people have a hard time looking through a small eyepiece on a telescope. Since we want to do outreach, we decided to get a scope that can attach to a large video monitor for people to see the images. We can be in a light polluted area, point the scope to say, the Andromeda Galaxy, and 30-120 seconds later, we will have an image that we can share on the monitor for all to see. We will be learning how to use this quite complicated equipment in Tucson.

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