Big Bend NP was my first planned stop for any length of time. From San Antonio I too rt. 90 west, crossing the Pecos River just went of Del Rio. The bridge looks pretty impressive from the nearby rest area and with sides made up of Jersey
Bridge over the Pecos River, west of Del Rio, TX
barriers it doesn’t seem overdone with safety precautions. That seems to be the way out here, very low or no guard rails on some steep mountain roads, etc. I guess they figure you either pay attention and drive safely or you pay the price.
The first night in Big bend was spent at Chisos campground. The cliffs around it are impressive but the campground was very tight quarters and very full.
Chisos Canyon wall in Big Bend
From Chisos I went to Rio Grand campground, much less crowded and more room between he large campsites. Met a nice couple from IL with their Casita and saw two other Casitas in the park.
I took a drive up to Boquillos Overlook to see the Rio Grand. There were a few Mexicans on the other side of the river and a large rock, very conveniently flat, with a lot of hand made items for sale. It was all on the honor system and I guess at the end of the day one of the Mexicans rides across, collects the items and any funds.
Close up, Saguaro and Ocotillo Cactus, road runners, scorpions, all sorts of beadwork
Mexican handicrafts for sale, honor system.
The Mexican side of the river
Rio Grand at Boquillos Overlook, Big Bend NP
Driving around one day I spotted several clumps of purple tinted prickly pear
Purple tinted prickly pear cactus
cactus. I’d seen some around Phoenix but it was obviously planted for decoration. Interesting to know it grows in the wild, too.
When I got to the main road outside Big bend I met up with some friends from AL who are also headed to AZ. Last time I met up with John & Kathy it was in Grand Tetons NP last Sept. Fun to see friends as we travel! I know I’ll meet up with several more as the trip progresses. Walmart in Deming, NM, provided a good overnight stop for me and several other RVs. Handy for some shopping, too.
Today as I continued west I saw several long trains with 3 or 4 engines. They
One of many long trains, with dust blowing around
always fascinate me. They often have flatbed cars with containers stacked 2 high, engines at the front and rear of the train, etc. This one was captured with a dust cloud behind it. Fortunately the dust didn’t get bad but there are many warning signs out here about how visibility can drop to zero and what to do if that happens.