Big Bend National Park, TX (Nov 28-30)


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Published: December 25th 2011
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We have finally entered into the part of our trip that is new to us. Leaving Carlsbad, NM, we headed south into TX staying the night (Nov 28)in Fort Stockton. The next day we drove to Alpine, then straight south to the very small community of Terlingua. Since BBNP has but one place for lodgeing, we stayed right out of the park in this very interesting little settlement. To live down here one has to have a certain kinship with loneliness, nature, the lack of many accepted necessities of life, the convenience of most stores, and the knowledge that your closest neighbor may enjoy these qualities of life and not care too much about being your buddy. It is very beautiful in a very natural, quiet sort of way. Stop the car, step out-side, and you hear absolutely nothing. It can grow on you...

We spent Nov 29 in a small motel that had 2 other tenants, and one very friendly RoadRunner. But before evening set in, we drove west out of Terlingua a few miles and had a picnic supper along the Rio Grande River. While parking along the road, not a car went by for about a half an hour. We traveled on a little ways to what appeared as a small set of old buildings. A nearby sign told us that it was the set for several westerrn movies...Streets of Laredo, Rio Diablo, The Journeyman, and more.

After breakfast with the friendly roadrunner, we packed up and drove into Big Bend NP for the day. We first went down to Santa Elena, a must see. The Rio comes right through a big crack in the wall of this large plateau. We past a horse walking along the road and later found out that is was one of several Mexican horses that regularly walk across the river for American food.....where is the border patrol? We then drove back to the main road and then on up to the visiter's center. What a great place to have as the center of activities. The elevation here is much higher from where we had just been and the plants and animals are different.....bears and mountain lions are common. This is where the pricey lodging is that we by-passed for where we had stayed in Terlingua. After a short visit here, we headed north out of the park and spent the
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Where we stayed just outside of BBNP. OH, SO QUIET!
night in Sanderson.


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Begger

Friendly Roadrunner wanting some of our breakfast
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Terligua business

No one around now. But probably a busy place during the annual chili cookoff celebration.
View south to MexicoView south to Mexico
View south to Mexico

If you click on the picture to enlarge it, you will see in the center a crack in the plateau...Santa Elena...where the Rio Grande flows through.
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Rio Grande at Santa Elena

The rock on the left is Mexico, to the right U.S.A
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Always watch the road

Look carefuly on roadway...stray Mexican horse.
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Mexican horse

Illegal....no papers
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Big Bend beauty
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View from BB lodge

Visitor Center below. Valley floor through "cut" way below.


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