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Published: April 3rd 2009
Bridge over Pecos River
This very tall bridge over the Pecos River just up river from where it enters the Amistad Reservoir shows the deep canyon walls, beautiful green water, and surrounding desert.
Seminole State Park and Amistad National Recreation Area were a wonderful surprise. The State Park was at one end of the Amistad Reservoir where the Pecos River flows into the Rio Grande. The Devils River also flows into this reservoir somewhat downstream. The absolutely gorgeous lake and canyons would have been enough of a reward for the visit.
The second reward was the Native American history in the area. The rivers cut deep canyons through limestone in this section. At bends in the river, there are cuts in the sides of the canyons that served as living spaces for humans up to12,000 years ago. There is much evidence that these hunter-gatherers lived in the rock shelters and created “rock art” or petrographs. Because of the remote location of these shelters, the area has been remarkably well preserved. Some of the art is shown in the accompanying photos.
This area is also known for good fishing. There was a huge bass fishing tournament taking place while we were there. And of course, it was wonderful for birding and other appreciation of nature.
Our second, four day stop on the way to the Lower Rio Grande Valley was the Falcon
A Tributary enters the Amistad
This break in the wall shows how a tributary wore down the limestone and entered the river. We were trying to imagine the rivers before they were flooded.
Dam and Reservoir, the second major dam on the lower Rio. Both the Amistad and Falcon should have been great for kayaking, but, alas, strong winds and rain associated with a cold front followed us as we traveled east down the river.
The final portion of our southwest trip will be largely spent in Mission, Texas at an RV resort we visited two years ago. We will be staying for a month at Bentsen Palm Village RV Park adjacent to Bentsen-Rio Grande Valley State Park. In our next travelblog, we look forward to sharing with you some of the natural wonders found in the Lower Rio Grande Valley, as well as the some of the dilemmas associated with “homeland security” issues and the fence currently being constructed along the Rio Grande River.
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