Big Bend National Park

Trip Start Jul 19, 2013
Trip End Dec 23, 2013

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Flag of United States  , Texas
Thursday, August 15, 2013

Big bend lies on the border of the US and Mexico, and you definitely start to see more 'tortillarias' and such as you drive on. We've also noticed the accents getting thicker and the bumper stickers scarier.

The deserts and beautiful mountain ranges are a nice change of scenery - but the warnings about mountain lions and bears gives it a bit of an edge.

Our first night back in the van wasn't too bad thanks to a bit of altitude and strong breeze. That said, we didn't hesitate to check in to a motel with air conditioning the next night "to be closer to where the rafting trip starts in the morning".

The park is home to roadrunners - the first one we saw ran under the car. Meep meep! You're welcome Mr Wyle E Coyote.

Rafting down the Rio Grande was a lovely morning and we learnt a lot from our chatty guide. Rich had a turn at rowing - briefly brushing into Mexico at one stage.

A visit to the starlight hotel (renamed when the town of Teralingua was an abandoned ghost town and it had no roof) was a great discovery. We drank cheap beer and margaritas on the patio while listening to cowboys strum their guitars. We also watched them drive home completely drunk.

Rich's travel tip #3 - save money on motel rooms by asking to hire them by the hour.
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