Mile High Chili Cookoff, Davis Mountains State Park

23 04 2016
MacMillien RV Park, Ft. Davis, TX

MacMillen RV Park, Ft. Davis, TX

What, a mile high event that’s not in Denver?  We were surprised to read about this event when attempting to reserve a site at Davis Mountains State Park near Ft. Davis, TX.  Boasting  an elevation of between 5000 and 6000 feet, Davis Mountains SP indeed can host “mile high” competitions.  With 27 chili cooks, this CASI suctioned event judges chili, beans and salsa.  And, with complimentary park admission and a $4 donation to friends-of-the park, it’s a great afternoon out for everyone.  We enjoyed talking with the cooks, learned a bit about how a good cook could eventually be invited to the Terlingua International Chili Championship and of course tasting many of the chilis.

Mile High Chili Cookoff, Davis Mountains SP

Mile High Chili Cookoff, Davis Mountains SP

Mile High Chili Cookoff, Davis Mountains SP

Mile High Chili Cookoff, Davis Mountains SP

With all sites in Davis reserved for chili cooks, we opted to try MacMillen RV Park south of Ft. Davis.  We’re in site #25,  about the center of this 30 site park.  The sites are long, spacious and level – providing 50A power, water and sewer plus about 12 analog channels of cable TV.  Many of the central sites have a picnic table and a small tree in between you and your neighbor. Facilities have long deferred maintenance, the laundry room is down to a single washer and dryer – the shower rooms each have rattling fans and flaking paint.  A former patio area is now deep in weeds.  It’s unfortunate that these types of properties are let go – but maybe there’s enough profit at $30/night to keep visitors around long enough to break even.  Or, maybe there’s a complete lack of use of these type of facilities with fully contained RV’s, so it’s just not worth the investment.  Whatever the reason, this park is on par with the others in Ft. Davis and enjoys a quiet, peaceful setting on the outskirts of town.  We’re planning to attend a Star Party at McDonald Observatory tonight, then continue north toward Carlsbad, NM tomorrow.  More from there…

MacMillien RV Park, Ft. Davis, TX

MacMillen RV Park, Ft. Davis, TX

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24 04 2016
Magda

Mmmm Chili!!
We’re going to a Star Party in a couple of weeks.
I’m hoping that we can dry camp in their parking lot that night.
If you find out, please let us know 😉

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