Valentine's Day Ventures

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Rio Grade RV Park

Flag of United States  , Texas
Monday, February 14, 2011

This morning we explored close to the campground.  We had a minor freeze-up of the water hose, just to make y’all feel a bit betah.  No problem though, as it thawed in time to do the breakfast dishes.  Lynnie made homemade pancakes today and I had them with crunchy peanut butter and semi-maple syrup.  Real dang good!  We’re still using Lynnie’s grandma’s percolator on the stove.  It makes great coffee and we’re enjoying the memory along with the brew.  

We drove just a few miles to the Marufo Vega Loop Trail.  This trail is twelve miles long and is a difficult climb as it progresses.  Eventually it gets to an overview of the Rio Grande River and Old Mexico.  We did about an hour and a half, in and out.  It follows a gravelly stream bed for a bit and then takes off for the hills.  The flora her is a bit different.  The prickly pear have orange to burnt umber needles… is that what they’re called?  I also spotted one small cactus, about six to eight inches in height and of a pinkish hue.  The photos, as usual, should do a better job of describing them.  We then drove to the Boquillas Canyon Overlook.  Here when I got out of the car, I saw two Mexican guys their horse, just across the river from us .  I hollered “Hola”, but got no response.  That’s about 2% of my Spanish, so it’s probably best that they didn’t respond.  It’s fascinating to me to think that this much of the border is un-guarded and easily crossed.  Then there’s the portion near Tijuana that is causing so much trouble.  I imagine it’s due to the easy access there that moves so many Mexicans to cross.

It got HOT today.  Nearly eighty degrees by mid-afternoon.  Calm and blue skies ruled the day.  When we got back to camp, we saw a faithful Roadrunner and a Coyote just behind Shorty.  Lynnie got a few photos of the bird, and I the same of the Coyote.  The come near to get pet food and anything that is unattended.  

We then drove a mile or so the site of the old Daniels Ranch.  In the 1920s they raised cotton, melons and corn at the ranch.  It has since gone back to near it’s original state except for the trees which survive due to irrigation.  We took a trail to another Overlook; this is of the Rio Grande and amazing cliffs nearby.  The trail is only about a mile, in and out and reveals gorgeous vistas of the river and surrounding mountains.  It’s a mighty rocky trail, some of which goes through huge stone and steps that were created with the use of jackhammers and such.  It was well worth the effort, in spite of the heat.  I noticed yet another type of prickly pear cactus… this one WITHOUT needles.  One photo should show this.  

We’re back at camp now, relaxing before dinner and looking forward to moving on tomorrow.  We’ll leave earlier, due to the two hundred mile drive.  We’ll stay two nights at the Seminole Canyon Campground, also along the Rio Grande.  It’s really a gas to move to new territory every few days.  I could live like this!
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