S: BIG BEND, National and State Parks, West TX
BC: It feels like you painted back in time, into hundreds years back. Just a slight footprints of civilization and absolute quietness. Amazing scenery and billions of stars above you. Go check and I bet you want to hear and to see perfection of this truly virgin nature a little longer.
FC: Big Bend National and State Parks West Texas | July 2012
1: Chihuahuan Desert from SR-385, N entrance to National Park | We rented Ortega house in Marathon, TX. Living room. | Ladies and Gentleman: here is our Beautiful Hostess - Lena!
2: Early rainy morning in Marathon, TX - starting point of our journey.
3: Getting into Big Bend National Park | Captain | First Mate
4: Chisos Basin Road.
5: Behind the scenes...
6: Our comfortable 2012 Chevy Traverse, 3.6L, V6, AWD, perfect fit for this trip. | Chisos Basin Road | Ross Maxwell dr. | Family portrait.
7: Agave flower spike - commonly known as Century Plant or American aloe is an agave originally from Mexico but cultivated worldwide as an ornamental plant. It has since naturalized in many regions and grows wild in Europe, South Africa, India, and Australia.
8: Basin Junction Station at Chisos | Mule Ears Peaks. This photo was made from Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive and is about 3 miles west of the peaks.
9: Ross Maxwell drive, view on Chisos from North West
10: Ross Maxwell drive, West of Chisos Mountains.
11: Ocotillo, it is not a true cactus but lives in the desert of the United States and Mexico. It comes with a lot of names such as desert coral, coachwhip, Jacob's staff and is famous for its bright red flowers. | Portrait of classic Mexican bandito. Stereotypically, the bandito has a thick Mexican accent, wears a sombrero and poncho or serape, a bandolier of ammunition. A thick mustache is common, but not mandatory. | The cow skull has become a symbolic icon of the struggles, death and dedication of America's early pioneers. | Chihuahuan Desert pioneer...
12: Please, somebody call 911... | Stop on Farm to Market rd (from Terlingua to Precidio)
13: "Desert Storm" team. | At the main gate to still functioning Terlingua cemetery | Rafting and having fun on Rio Grande | High desert tree - Yucca plant
14: Rio Grande river at Colorado Canyon. At this part of the World, river is also a border. | MEXICO | U.S.A. | On the raft. | Scorpions range in size from 9 mm to 21 cm. Scorpions are found widely distributed over all continents, except Antarctica, in a variety of terrestrial habitats except the high latitude tundra. Scorpions number about 1,752 described species, with 13 extant families recognized to date. | On the raft trip by Big Bend River Tours.
15: Going down the river we got into Mexican waters at least couple of dozen times... | U.S.A. | MEXICO | Typical living structure for this area.
16: Gorgeous house ruins on the stretch from Lajitas to Precidio. We wish it was our land...
17: This is beautiful land of Apache ranged over eastern Arizona, northern Mexico, New Mexico, west and southwest Texas and southern Colorado. | Colorado Canyon
19: This is most beautiful view point onto Colorado Canyon, approximately half the way from Lajitas to Precidio
20: Impressive view on Terlingua cemetery. Town was abandoned by the end of 1940s. Mountains on the background is Mexico. The discovery of cinnabar, from which the metal mercury is extracted, in the mid-1880s brought miners to the area, creating a city of 2,000 people. The only remnants of the mining days are a ghost town of the Howard Perry-owned Chisos Mining Company and several nearby capped and abandoned mines.
21: Ruins of ghost town. | Ruins of ghost town.
22: This tuff formation extends to the right shoulder of Farm to Market 170, heading 15 min North of Lajitas.
23: Remains of equipment used by miners in Terlingua
24: Wonderful rental property where we stayed for two nights. | Planning for the next day | Starlight Theatre - Restaurant and Bar. Probably the only place worth to stop by for fun. | Starlight interior.
25: Wild Horse office. | Cemetery right next to Starlight Theatre.