Writers’ Heaven – Spring in the Davis Mountains

Located in the beautiful mountains of West Texas, Paisano Baptist Encampment is a 95-year-old family retreat. Paisano was established by pioneering ranch families who began meeting for preaching and dinner on the grounds. Old timers used to camp in tents and eat meals prepared on chuck wagons.

Paisano was established for the purpose of worship and Bible study while enjoying nature, and now they also share their beautiful grounds with other groups. The camp provides a cowboy-type atmosphere in West Texas between Alpine and Marfa.

Modern facilities include a tabernacle for 1800 people, rustic cabins, activity meeting rooms, and a gym. Now families stay in cabins, church dorms, or an RV park. Hearty meals may be shared together in a huge dining shed, prepared by a kitchen crew. The church retreat is the last full week of July each year.

Camp manager, Dan Dunagan, a famed western-food caterer, will prepare Saturday night dinner for the Texas Mountain Trail Writers and their guests.  The menu is smoked barbeque beef with all the trimmings, followed by homemade peach cobbler.

Paisano is a unique setting with many hiking trails and one long cross-country trail used by many West Texas schools for training and sanctioned meets for UIL Cross Country races. There is a huge peak near the camp, and a large open air tabernacle in the middle.

Dry creeks, except after the occasional rains, run through the camp, and they are covered by picturesque walking bridges. Bring your camera and/or sketch pad. You will be delighted with the scenery and the wildlife.

Writers Round-Up
April 9, 10, 11, 2010

Reba Cross Seals
Jackie Siglin lodging
Elaine Davenport registrar

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