|The morning sunrise, the day before our guests arrived. Beautiful!|
|Their hostess gift was 4 bottles of Raspberry Chipotle Marinade - from HEB!|
|Nestled in next to our rig at BJ's RV in Terlingua.|
Our first item on our itinerary was the Starlight Theatre where we enjoyed good food, drinks and local music. Jeff found out that Chip's favorite desert was something that we liked too, so we surprised him after dinner with something sweet.
|Sipping on a Margarita, enjoying the sunset over the Chisos Mtns|
|Beautiful sight! Check out the handsome guys below!|
|Back at our RV for Chip's favorite desert - vanilla wafers, banana's & pudding|
Highlights on this day were the Sam Nail Ranch, Tuff Canyon, Mule Ear Peaks at 3,881 ft. and then the scenic drive into a spectacular canyon cut by the Rio Grande, known as the Santa Elena Canyon. Last stop was to the Visitor's Center in the heart of the Park known as the Chisos Basin where we were at an elevation of about 5,000 ft. Chef Kay's Chicken Pot Pie was on the menu for dinner that evening, so getting back early was very important to the success of this dish.
|Santa Elena Canyon|
|Grove of trees in the Sam Nail Ranch|
|Just who are those alien's waving their arms?|
|Our shadows high above Tuff Canyon!|
|Just us and the Mule Ears Peak in the background.|
|Kay's Chicken Pot Pie . . . let's eat!|
We started the day with a ride back into the Park with Passports in hand so that we could experience the crossing into Boquillas, Mexico. (Note: This area was just recently re-opened this past April after being closed shortly after September 11, 2001.) After listening to the "do's & don'ts" for this visit by the US Port of Entry staff, we walked down to the river to begin a fun filled, 4-hour experience - not the 2-hour trip that they say most people spend. We were interested in the people, how they lived and being able to support their Village during our visit. So many pictures to share . . .
|Walking path down to the river crossing|
|Waiting for the boat to cross into Mexico|
|Victor (far right) serenaded us as we waited for the boat.|
|Water is about 3ft.deep|
|1/2 mile trip to the town by burro.|
|Our first Mexican "cool one"|
|Our second one. . .with some chips & salsa|
|Our third one was definitely a thumbs-up!|
|Beautiful to look at but we could not bring back to US|
|Roof top looking at Sierra Del Carmen Mountains|
|The local church|
|Very small room for high school students|
|Elementary school room|
|Kay, Daisy & Lupe - our guide for the entire visit.|
The burro ride back to the river's edge and then back in the boat and safely deposited on US soil, was indeed a trip that will be remembered. We piled into the Jeep (again!) heading back to exit the Park for that day (via a stop at Panther Junction). Dinner this evening was planned by Chef Chip - a very delicious clam sauce over pasta, salad and baked apples by Desert Chef Daisy. We were so hungry, I forgot to get the camera out to take a picture of all the food! Good night to the group!
River Road (FM 170) between Lajitas and Presidio has been labeled one of the most scenic drives in all of the U.S. with its 20 mph turns, steep grades (15% at one point) and numerous ups and downs.
Located in Big Bend Ranch State Park is a narrow slot canyon, similar to those commonly found in Utah, called Closed Canyon. It is a deep, narrow canyon cutting through Colorado Mesa to the Rio Grande with walls that are made of a rock called welded tuff, formed from volcanic ash. When we started the hike down the trailhead we had a temps of 80 degrees. That changed quickly along the path as temps dropped about 10-15 degrees cooler.
|Yes, it is water that we are drinking this time!|
|"Does anyone want to go skinny dipping?"|
|"Who put that tree branch there?" The story behind this picture is a good one, ask Jeff.|
|We called this drop, slide on your butt.|
|THUMBS UP on this one!|
|Traditional rock sculpture that we built together.|
Back at the campground, we enjoyed appetizers and Margaritas - talking about the day's activities and how much fun we had - before getting in the Jeep again. A drive of about 3 miles to the Long Draw restaurant for some pizza and beer was the best in this neck of the woods.
|It sure looks like we "tip" a few, doesn't it?|
|The Texan way - a cold beer with good pizza|
|They call this one the Six Shooter!|
|Awesome friends together - wherever we might be!|
Our Holiday wishes wherever you are - across the miles – and in rigs that we call, “Our Home” - we wish you
Kay and Jeff
[Travel update on us: We are still in Terlingua TX until the Friday after Thanksgiving when we will be starting our travels down the open road once again. Destination is Arizona & California!]