Big Bend National Park, Texas

Trip Start Mar 10, 2013
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Trip End Jun 09, 2013


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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Left Guadalupe Mountains & travelled down through Marfa to Presidio, which is on the Mexican border. From there we travelled the Farm to Market 170 road which follows the Rio Grande river. Someone had told us about this road & we were glad they did, the scenery was stunning. Went through Lajitas & Terlingua & in to Big Bend National Park where we camped at Chisos Basin campground. The drive to there was every bit as spectacular as our earlier drive.

Today we drove down to Rio Grande Village, the river forms the southern boundary of the national park, although there's not much water in it at the moment. Had hoped to do a raft or canoe trip up one of the canyons but because of the low water levels it wasn't a good idea, not many trips were going & those that were had to drag the canoes over all the shallow bits.

Went for a walk to an overlook of the river & there were quite a few signs saying if you were caught purchasing or in possession of any articles bought from Mexican nationals there would be a hefty fine. We didn't see anything there but a little later we went to Boquillas Canyon & went for a walk up into the canyon. There were trinket stalls laid out at different areas on the walk but on the other side of the river were the Mexicans. We saw 2 young guys set up their stall them wade back across the river & sit in the shade of the trees. A bit further on there was an older guy singing & asking for donations, they just have little signs on rocks. After we went past he hopped in a little canoe & rowed to the Mexican side & continued singing in the shade.

After we left the national park we saw lots of border patrol vehicles, even saw a couple on horseback & some on foot. Had to go through another border patrol check near Marathon, about 70 miles from the border, if you are not a US citizen they check your passport. This was the 3rd one we've been through. A bit further on we saw a border patrol vehicle dragging tyres behind their van as they were driving on a dirt road that ran parallel to the main road, think it was so they could see if fresh tyre tracks or footprints are made.

Tonight we are camping just out of Del Rio, TX at Amistad Reservoir, the Rio Grande runs into this so water levels are really low. The weather has been really warm since we've arrived but the nights cool down a
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