Spectacular sunrise in the Fort Davis Mountains along one of the running trails.
At the finish line in the official Spectrum Race trucker hats.
Destination: Sky Island Trail Run, Spectrum Trail Series Davis Mountains State Park, Fort Davis, TX
Hike Camp Hikers: Maria, Bettina, Kelly, Judy
Date: September 20th – 23rd, 2018
SEPT. 20, 2018
Leave Austin at X. Arrive Ozona 3.5 to 4 hours and check into Holiday Inn Express, 1308 Avenue E., Ozona TX
Leave Ozona at (3-hour drive to Fort Davis)
Lunch at Stone Village Grocery in Fort Davis, 509 State Street, Fort Davis
Leave grocery for Tour of Hobby Eberly Telescope at McDonald Observatory, 82 Mount Locke Road | Fort Davis, TX; 30-min drive.
Arrive McDonald Observatory. Meet in Visitor’s Center lobby.
Leave Observatory and head to cabins to check in at Mountains Trails Lodge, 501 S. Highway 118, Fort Davis. Lodging phone is 432-426-3481
Check in and get settled in rooms. Jenny is main contact.
Drive to Davis Mountains State Park and check out lay of the land. (10 min from lodging), to see it in day time.
Head to Blue Mountain Bistro for 6:00 pm reservation, 100 North State Street, Fort Davis, TX
Leave restaurant and head to race check in at park Check in from 6-8 pm.
Leave for Star Party at McDonald Observatory. 20-min drive. Star Party starts at 8:45 pm. Tickets paid – $11.50 each.
Leave cabins for race
Return to Fort Davis – maybe at Lupitas 411 State St, Fort Davis, TX or have dinner in Alpine. TBD.
Notes about Cabins:
They provide coffee in filter packs. If you bring your own loose ground coffee, you will need to bring coffee filters to fit a 4-cup coffee maker. You will have a small sink, small fridge, and small microwave in your room. And yes, you will need to bring plates and silverware. We provide the coffee packs, hot tea, sugar & creamer packs, paper towel roll and two coffee mugs.
You may check in on Friday any time after 3:00 p.m.
Other Stuff To Bring:
Rain jacket; hydration plan for run; nutrition for run; jacket for evening; cash to contribute to gas, rooms, etc as needed.
Amazing tour of the Hobby Eberly Telescope used to explore Dark Energy.
Overview: The Fort Davis trip was our first HCH adventure that focused on a trail run as the main feature. After casually training for a few months, we were excited to try this 25K race/run just to see what it would be like. Fort Davis also offers so much more which we took advantage of – visits to McDonald Observatory, Big Bend Brewery, several restaurants in the area and lovely exploration of Fort Davis State Park. The Sky Island race is challenging but doable. The race directors were well organized and the race logistics were great. There was a cap on the number of runners which means the registration fills up quickly as does limited lodging at the park. Ideally we would have stayed at the Indian Lodge inside the park (or you can camp) which is where the race starts and ends. If you decide to do it, make sure to save enough energy for the last 30 percent of the course which is more scrambling than running!
Post-race hydration at Big Bend Brewery in Alpine.