2014 Western Road Trip Day 10, Wednesday May 14th

A beautiful day at Big Bend National Park. The morning started off sunny and 35 degrees raising to the low 70’s.

Before I start my blog I want to explain why I am wearing gloves in some of the photos. For the last 4 days my hands have been somewhat swollen, with red blotches and little bumps of some sort. They also itch like crazy and are not responding to Benadryl (sp) pills or liquid. I plan on stopping at an urgent care facility when I get to a sizable town.

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Before leaving civilization of sorts, we filled up with gas ($4.01 gal.). Our route took us down a dirt and sand road to the Santa Elena Canyon Overlook and river access where Babs would get her chance to stick her toe into the Rio Grande River. Today will be mostly photos and little talk!

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Our motel

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View from or porch

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Mt. Emory, 6100 ft, view from our porch

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Sotol is a Lilly that flowers taller than me

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Sotol has small yellow flowers

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You see a varied landscape, all mostly barren

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13 miles of bad road, mostly at 10 mph

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This is part of a bowl a half mile long & a couple of hundred feet deep

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This Jacal is a house built by Luna. Luna is said to have lived to 107, had 4 wives, and 20 children

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This Jacal house is constructed of stone, wood, mud, and reeds for roofing

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Santa Elena Canyon

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Rio Grande flowing through canyon

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Babs dipping into the Rio Grande

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If you zoom on photo you will see a trail with people on the ledge

After leaving the Rio Grande we continued our drive to Castolon an old ghost town and store where we had a picnic lunch and bought ice cream for dessert.

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House built by a guy named Dorgan

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Cerro Castellan 3293 ft, 18 miles from road

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Babs at picnic

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Me and old steam engine

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Babs with a fixer-upper wagon

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Ghost town house

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Old Texas Ranger Office

After lunch we continued or drive along the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, with lots of blooming cacti, to the Castolon/ Santa Elena Junction Where we turned toward our room at the Chrisos Mountain Lodge.

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A whole lot of no where

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You can see for miles

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Rock formation named “Mule Ears”

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Far mountains are in Mexico

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Flowering cacti

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More cacti

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There are 138 varieties of cacti in Big Bend

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Called the window because the sun looks like it is in its middle at sunset

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Tomorrow, we head to El Paso. I bet you’re glad to see the end of this posting!

Babs Says: Reading the literature in our room, I cane across this, “We share this habitat with desert creatures. Most of these critters (scorpions, tarantulas, etc.) stay outdoors, but occasionally one may get inside. Don’t panic – contact front desk for assistance.”

Think I’ll sleep tonight?

 

 

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2 thoughts on “2014 Western Road Trip Day 10, Wednesday May 14th

  1. Mary O'Haver says:

    Hope your hands get better. Love the houses. So glad we have central heating and AC. 107, 4 wives and 20 kids and that house. I guess I’m a city girl.
    Love, Mary

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