Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Alpine is at an elevation of 4,514'. Its 2012 population was 5,905. It is the largest community within 75 miles. Nearby community populations are 1,914 for Marfa, 1,201 for Fort Davis, and 430 for Marathon. Leaving Alpine in any direction takes you into the Chihuahuan Desert. I found myself saying to Roy recently that a person could live here 30 years and never leave town! That's quite an admission of the community's completeness coming from me. We were at McDonald's one day and overheard a man say that if there was a post office on the side of town where he lived he'd never have to go to the other side! Wow! Alpine can't be more than 3 miles across town in any direction!!! Alpine is a serene community with an audible quietness. Roy and I are always amazed at how few people we see, when driving around Alpine. The people we've encountered are pleasant, but not talkative. Alpine is a self contained magical place located in the middle of a desert. There seems to be an endless variety of patterns and colors in the sunrises and sunsets over the mountains. It will haunt our memories when we leave and call us back!
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