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Nov 16, 2016 - Lajitas TX

We had a long 5+ hour drive day on Tuesday from Carlsbad to our home for a short 2 night stay in Lajitas, Texas across the road from the Rio Grande River and on the other side of the river...Mexico. The trip south on Hwy 285 was a rough one thanks to the oil field traffic that have beaten the road surface into a lunar landscape. We started seeing oil wells on our way into Carlsbad on Saturday but nothing like what we saw on Tuesday once we left there. From there until just north of I-10 in Texas, it was crazy with oil wells, pipeline...

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Apr 27, 2016 - Big Bend Ranch SP

Big Bend Ranch State Park is a 311,000-acre state park located on the Rio Grande in Brewster County and Presidio County, Texas. It is the largest state park in Texas. The closest major town is Presidio, Texas, where the state park's head office is located. Big Bend Ranch is located adjacent to Big Bend National Park and shares the national park's Chihuahuan Desert ecosystem. However, in one significant aspect the state park is managed very differently from the nearby national park, as the state park encompasses a network of cattle ranches...

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2016 RV Adventure

Feb 5, 2016 - Lajitas, TX

We headed out of Van Horn on Hwy. 90 southeast to Alpine and caught Hwy 118 to RM 170 into Lajitas, TX and Maverick Ranch RV Park. This is about 23 miles out of the entrance to Big Bend National Park. Great park with many amenities for $35/night. We had wanted to have an extended stay here, but were only able to stay 6 nights as a big bike rally was coming in and the park was booked. One day's adventure took us southwest through Big Bend Ranch State Park to Presidio which is a city that sits on the US/Mexico border. The drive is beautiful...

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Winter 2016

Apr 21, 2015 - Rio Grande River Trip

Ok, anyone traveling out here should considering staying at the Maverick Ranch Campground in LaJitas. It was planned as a super exclusive resort that didn't quite make it. The campground has a swimming pool, wifi, and today only 18 campers for a place that has 58 sites. It is quiet, hot, and beautiful. As long as we sit under a tree, we can sit outside. I have been sleeping out at night and it is gorgeous. I have been waking up about 5, check out the stars and fall back asleep until the sunrise. It would be nice to live here if the...

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Takin the Slow Road

Apr 19, 2015 - Rio Grande at Lajitas, TX

Not much to write about last night. We went to the Caverns of Sonora and just spent the night. I had already been to the Caverns and Mike did not want to go. So, we camped in a parking lot and saw a couple of peacocks. Long driving day. Today, the 19th was much more adventuresome. We drove from 8 to 4 but saw lots of great stuff. We went to Ft. Stockton, which had a museum and fort. Both of the were closed today. However, I saw and took a picture of a buckboard wagon that was used in two John Wayne movies. There was also an Episcopal Church...

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Takin the Slow Road

Jan 12, 2014 - Casitas in Lajitas (with Margaritas!)

We chose to drive to Lajitas through Big Bend since we had never been to Big Bend. The road was great; once you entered the park the speed limit was 45 mph which allowed for lots of viewing. Some really spectacular scenery as we drove through. We still arrived at the Maverick RV Park in Lajitas by 1:30 p.m. The park is nestled right in the middle of some lovely mountainous scenery. The lots are quite long and wide, so lots of room particularly for Scout to wander. Several Casitas were already there even though the rally doesn't start until...

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Jan 12, 2013 - Lajitas, TX

We left Marathon, TX, which is in the middle of nowhere, and traveled 125 miles to Lahitas, which is apparently on the edge of nowhere. The only sign of civilization on the way here was the road we traveled on. We passed a couple of cars coming north while we were traveling south, saw a few rustic homes, some cattle, and not a single gas station or store. Happiness is a full 40 gallon tank of diesel fuel. Big Bend National Park was written up in an article I read as one of the 10 most beautiful parks in the US, not to be missed, along with...

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Mar 14, 2010 - Day #28

Day #28, Sunday March 14, 2010: Another R & R day temp at 30C. At 4:00 p.m. we drove to Turlingua for “music on the porch” a Sunday afternoon/evening ritual where locals, and tourists who wish to mix, gather on the front porch of the Terlingua Trading Post, buy a few beers next door at the Starlight Theatre and enjoy the music provided by local performers. Kind of a neat gig! People watching at it's best as the Terlingua locals are a group unto themselves. As usual it cools down beautifully at night. Spring break is in full swing so all...

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Spring 2010

Mar 14, 2010 - Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive

Good Morning. I am a little tired this morning; I got up at 2 AM to change my clocks. I plan on touring the west side of BBNP today, driving the Ross Maxwell Scenic drive, stopping for short hikes and scenic views prior to arriving at my final destination, Santa Elena Canyon, where I will hike the canyon. I really wanted to hike the south rim trail in the basin, 13 miles round trip, but I decided to wait until cousin Milton can make the hike with me. More importantly, when cousin Shirlene can be here to make us sandwiches for lunch and...

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Spring Break 2010

Mar 13, 2010 - Lajitas

My new home is in Lajitas for three nights, my first return since I stuck the Winnebago in the gravel next to the river when we stopped to get a coke at the Lajitas General Store, world famous. I did get the Winne out of the gravel, but not before I ruined reverse gear. We drove back to Lubbock making sure we did not have to back up. The guy said no problem, he had insurance, but everytime we called him back for another trip, the Winne was always all ready rented? I will return to the park for additional sightseeing tomorrow plus hike the...

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Spring Break 2010

Mar 12, 2010 - Day #26

Day #26, Friday March 12, 2010: Drove Lajitas to Presidio along the ”River Road” today. An awe inspiring trip to say the least. 15% grades in some spots and all twists and turns. Good asphalt road. On a Park rangers suggestion we hiked the “Closed Canyon” trail. Really different as you could almost touch both of the 100' high walls at any time. Approx a mile in. If a thunder storm had come up we were history! Presidio at the far end, 60 miles, is a “Mexican” town on US soil. Very unique, had a wonderful lunch at a Mexican restaurant shared...

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Spring 2010

Mar 11, 2010 - Day #25

Day #25, Thursday March 11, 2010: Drove from Davis Mtn. S.P. and a very cold morning south to the Rio Grande at Lajitas at the very west end of Big Bend National Park. Very windy drive however manageable. Settled into a great campground in a furious wind, predicted to decrease, but warm temperatures. The resort and associated campground are a story unto themselves. Suffice to say “ a fool and his money are soon parted” except in this case it's been three fools one after another. As with some others we're enjoying it while we can, nobody...

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Spring 2010

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