One of the old freight buildings down by the railroad tracks Del Rio Texas.
Yesterday while I was in town I moseyed down to the railroad tracks and took a few pictures. Railroad things always seem kind of dark and grungy to me and railroad stations always give me that kind of feeling. There are some very old buildings down by the railroad station in Del Rio but there's also a very nice part of the railroad station because Amtrak stops here So they keep that area looking pretty good, but the rest of it not so much.
There are several old Warehouses down by the tracks that says "Producers Wool and Mohair co." And there are so many of them that they must of been a big deal at one time. The name of the company caught my eye because of Mohair. Because Lord knows I could use some "mohair" get it? mohair! But seriously folks, when I got home, I looked up that company name on the Internet and lo and behold that company was a big deal around here and had an interesting past. I won't bore the folks with that information but if you're interested click on producers wool and mohair co and read a little about them.
It was a beautiful warm day today so I spray-painted a little more rust on the trailer. Seems like every time I look there's more.I know my spray painting won't stop it because nothing short of sandblasting it will, but at least it will slow it down, and make me feel like I'm doing something to help the situation. I just consider it a lesson learned about not staying on the beach for a month. There was a lot of good things about being in Corpus Christi, and I'll probably go back again someday, but I won't live on the beach!
A passing freight train in Del Rio Texas
Producers Wool and Mohair Co.
There wasn't a speck of rust on my hitch until I stayed on the beach in Corpus Christi
I wire brushed it, cleaned it, and sprayed it black.
You can tell by the marquee that this was once a movie theater. Many an evil bad guy, and many a monster, met their well deserved fate inside this old building.
This morning I went back to the old downtown area of Del Rio to take a few more pictures. Sunday mornings are a good time to go downtown because quite often there all but deserted. You don't have cars parked in front of the stores blocking up your view. And you can park anywhere for a few minutes and jump out and take a picture.
One of the things that I wanted to take a picture of that I had missed the last time, was the old movie theater. When I was growing up downtown was where all of the shopping was located, and on the weekends anybody and everybody was downtown. And to a kid like me one of the most important things that was downtown, was the movie theater.
Looking back on it that doesn't seem like a good place to put a movie theater because of the lack of parking. But everybody was downtown anyway so I guess it didn't matter.
I think I just wanted to look in the window of the movie theater in the old downtown area of Del Rio because of the memories I had of going to the movies as a kid, And remember what it was like to sit in a dark movie theater with one screen and a balcony, and watch Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, and Lash LaRue ride across the silver screen again on horses that never got tired and needed to be fed, shooting Colt six guns that would hold a minimum of 14 rounds each, and knowing that good was always going to conquer evil. It sure would be nice if life was that simple today.
I don't know what this building might have been, but it was across the street from the train station and was built very sturdy.
Another sturdy downtown building that no one has a use for any more. By the looks of the for sale sign, the owner might be very motivated by now.
This building looks like it once held a thriving business.
I went into town and did a little shopping at Walmart. And stopped on the way out of town and filled up one of my propane tanks, it was $2.58 a gallon which isn't bad for around here. That tank only lasted about 20 days instead of my normal 30. Most of my propane use is fairly consistent from month to month. I use about the same amount of propane for cooking, and the refrigerator uses about the same amount to stay cold, so the biggest variable is heating, so when my propane runs out in 20 days instead of 30 it tells me that it's been kind of chilly around here.
Still I guess you could say that it's pretty reasonable to pay less than $30 a month to heat your home in the coldest month of the year. Of course being in Texas means is not all that cold, and that's why I'm here and not back in Colorado.
I'm going to be leaving here sometime next week, I don't know when yet because I'm waiting on some General Delivery mail. I'll be going to Seminole Canyon State Park from here, and after a couple weeks there I'm planning on going to Big Bend national Park. Those plans are highly variable and can change on a whim because I still don't make up my mind until the day I leave.
I've been told by an expert, that would be the old fat man, that once I start heading to Big Bend there's few if any places to buy supplies, so I need to stock up in Del Rio. I don't think I've ever had to "stock up" before. Yeah I've been boondocked maybe 10 miles from town before but never so far away from shopping that I've had to "stock up" so this will be a completely new experience. Instead of filling my tank with water and buying some beer, I'm thinking of filling my water tank with beer and buying some water. Drastic situations call for drastic measures.
Infrared picture of a small grove of trees at the San Pedro boondocking area Del Rio Texas