Week 54: Big Bend National Park, Texas/Mexico Border (Apr 13-19, 2014)

Rio Grande River divides Mexico on the left from US on the right

Rio Grande River divides Mexico on the left from US on the right

From New Mexico, we travel south thru Texas to camp on the US/Mexico border. Destination: Big Bend National Park, with its 800,000 acres of rugged beauty adjacent to the border of Mexico. Rio Grande River creates a natural border between the Park in Texas, and Mexico.

Flowering Cactus

Flowering Cactus

Birders from all over the world converge into Big Bend this time of year as many species of birds migrate from South America into the United States thru Big Bend. Wildlife photographer Laurie and his wife Lauren, from Australia, are a lot of fun as we all share stories over dinner and wine. (Check out his photos of the Park on his website!) Camp neighbors Rod and Carol from England traveled here for the birding excellence. Hike along huge cliffs on the Rio Grande. Enjoy soaking in hot springs on the Rio Grande, then swimming in the river.

Crossing from US into Mexico

Crossing from US into Mexico

Music and dancing

Music and dancing

Sadly, 9/11 shut down the border crossing for 12 years. The first anniversary of the reopening of the border crossing was celebrated with festivities on both sides of the border.

Crossed the border (have passports ready) via the official rowboat crossing into Baquillos, Mexico. Many Americans, such as Mike and Centa, take an active role in helping the economy of Baquillas recover.

Bob in Boquillas Mexico

Bob in Boquillas Mexico

Wonderful music, dancing, eating tortillas, and drinking Cervezas make for a great international mingling of people having fun.

Big Bend is in quite the drought, yet we experienced a terrific lightning‑thunder storm, dropping an inch of rain within a couple of hours.

This is quite a week On Our Adventure!

Sherry hiking Big Bend National Park TX

Sherry hiking Big Bend National Park TX

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