|Here are just a few of the almost 300 photos I took of the amazing national park called Big Bend. Yay for national parks!
Here is what i saw with 100 feet of the entrance
It is something like 30 miles to the visitor center but lots of exhibits like this one along the way
and of course, views like this
literally around every new curve. Each turn of the road seemed to bring a more breathtaking (in its most literal sense) view.
A very helpful lady ranger at the visitor center recommended the drive to Santa Elena Canyon. This is one commonly seen in pictures of this park. My first glimpse of the famous river on the way
Here is the beautiful canyon
and here also
I had planned to hike a little way up the path but my dog didn't like the hot sand. He sat down and wouldn't move until he saw me headed back to the RV.
This mountain is called something gap - self explanatory, I'd say.
This one is the only one I actually kn ow the name of because I took a picture of the sign telling me so.
which means Castolon peak.
Here is one of the views from the campground where I spent the night
The next morning I visited another canyon the ranger had recommended. It is called Boquillas canyon which means little mouth. See how the fissures in the rock kind of look like mouths.
Here is where we see how the park got its name
This is where the Rio Grande makes its "big bend". Here is one of the few creatures of the desert I got to see - look closely - he's almost the same color as the rock
The park newsletter actually mentioned this man. His name is Victor and he sits on these rocks on the Mexican side of the river and sings for tourists. He has a tip jar on the American side. I had left my purse in my rig but I gave him a dollar in quarters I had in my pocket. The acoustics there were phenomenal.
These photos and even the professional ones you can purchase do not even begin to do justice to the absolute magnificence of this glorious place. I wish every one could see it. It's pretty hard to deny a Creator God when you see this grandeur.