When we went to bed last night it was 89 degrees. During the night there was a big storm, so Babs says, and when we woke up it was 60 degrees. After eating breakfast,and going to Walmart for supplies, we drove to our first stop of the day. It was only a fifteen minute drive to the visitors center for the Amistad National Recreation Area with its center piece being a reservoir created by damning the Pecos river. This was a joint project between Mexico and the U.S. who jointly share the lake. As you will see a severe drought has caused the water level to drop 41 feet leaving some boat ramps 12 or more feet off the ground.
Just past the Amistad National Recreation Area we crossed the Pecos River which was damned to create the lake. We stopped at a rest area to take a photo. The wind was blowing up a gale and it was 58 degrees.
Our second stop was at the Judge Roy Bean visitors center which we noticed on a sign while heading to Big Bend National Park. The site has his original bar, where he held court, and billiards room, which is empty of furnishings. The bar and billiards room sit on the same spot as when Judge Bean was alive. There was also a cacti garden with an original windmill.
The “gateway” town to Big Bend is a town named Marathon. While looking for a place to fill up with gasoline we saw the historic Gage Hotel (why it’s famous I have no idea) and the not so famous, Eves Garden Organic Bed and Breakfast.
After filling up with gas, $3.99 a gallon, we proceeded to Big Bend National Park with a brief stop for a picnic at a roadside table in the middle of nowhere, Babs ate in the car because it was 58 degrees.
We checked into or room at the Chisos Mountain Lodge and then decided to see what there was to see. WE drove east to Rio Grande Village with several stops going to and from.
Dinner tonight was at the restaurant here. We both had precooked, frozen country fried steak which may just have been the best meal of the trip so far!
Tomorrow we’ll continue exploring Big Bend.
Babs Says: I don’t think of myself as a food snob(or maybe just a little), but so far this has been the worst food trip ever.