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The real Wild West in Pecos

Pecos was the site of the world's first rodeoAnother Escapees RV park in Texas brought us to a pretty cool little town called Pecos. We stopped here at the Trapark, a pretty desolate spot. Terry needed a break from driving, so we decided to stay for two days rather than the usual overnight.

The wind was blowing briskly, so Kurt quickly set up his kite to begin practicing his flying techniques. The thing is amazing in high winds, and Kurt is rapidly becoming an expert kite pilot.

We were told that the museum was not to miss, so we headed out the next morning to check it out. Even I was overwhelmed by the sheer magnitude of the museum that occupied both the old hotel and the saloon. Every room was set up with a different historical theme, and they even had a talking bartender who showed us where the bullet holes still are from a famous shootout that occurred there.


The manager at the RV park had told us about something called the tamale factory, so we set off in search of it. We should have known to follow the local deputy sheriff (probably the only one in the area), who pulled in the parking lot just as we did. You know it’s good when the cops eat there. We followed the Smokey inside. Sure enough, there were two old Mexican women in there cooking up some of the best tamales we have ever had. We bought a dozen, and a big bottle of soda and headed back to the town square to eat. It was a beautiful day, with history all around us and traditional cuisine to enjoy. One of those days you know you will remember for a long time.

Here’s the rundown on the Trapark:

3100 Moore St.
Pecos, TX 79772
432-447-2137

The rate was somewhere around $20 per night. No cable TV and no channels that we could pick up. Verizon and AT&T worked fine. There aren’t many restaurants in the area, so plan to cook at home unless you are brave enough to go where the locals eat at the two Mexican places that we did find.

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