Grilling Day

Was a great day to fire up the grill and smoke a pork loin.

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Rubbed it down and wrapped in bacon.
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2 Hours later a nice and juicy hickory smoked pork loin. Mmmm good!!
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Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive

As we headed home the sky in the park was wonderful. The mountains never looked better. What a perfect day. These where all taken on Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive.

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Our truck framed by ocotillo with Santa Elena Canyon in the background
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The ruins of an old homestead built in early 1900’s
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Taken on a desert overlook

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The darker rock is volcanic lava with the lighter being ash.

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Late afternoon the sky turned cloudy making the deep blue much paler. We had a great day, the weather was warm, and the mountains were putting on a show. It was beautiful!!

Santa Elena Canyon

We finally made it down to Santa Elena Canyon. This is a must see on any visit to the Big Bend. The pictures tell the story.

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We had lunch at the overlook area
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There is a short trail taking you into the canyon
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The Rio Grande River flows out and makes the natural border between Mexico and Texas. Mexico is on the left side of this picture.
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This was taken on the trail that leads you into the canyon
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This is looking back as the Rio Grande flows out and takes a right turn forming the border
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The river had a very slow movement

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You can see the trail with a few people on it and also 2 rafts floating down the river
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The views were wonderful

This is one of the best areas of the Big Bend. Take the Ross Maxwell Scenic drive down here for the best scenery.

Castolon Store

We stopped off at Castolon and visited the La Harmonia store. Lots of history-read more about it HERE

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A visitor center and store are in the same building. You can get back country permits here.
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A little bit of everything here

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The old gas pump
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 The mountains in the background are in Mexico and the Rio Grande River is only a few hundred yards away.

Terlingua Ghost Town

Took a trip down South yesterday and on our way to Santa Elena Canyon we stopped off at Study Butte and Terlingua. Lots of interesting things to see in Terlingua.

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Used to be a mining town of about 2,000 back in the days.
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This is the old Cemetery with very unique graves.

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Very few commercial markers here, almost all are home made

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Terlingua now has less than 100 residents and is a tourist town.

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Even a home made dinosaur

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The Terlingua Store
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Retired dozer used for decoration now

Next stop, Big Bend National Park and Santa Elena Canyon

Rock Hounding

We made a trip to the Stillwell Ranch recently to hunt for some rocks. We knew very little about rocks but wanted to try to find some nice ones anyway.

Stillwell Ranch is located on Ranch Road 2627 right off of Hwy 385 South. Lots of history here and really a quiet place to camp close to the Big Bend entrance.

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Heading up RR 2627. Ranch is located right past this little hill.
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This is the small store.
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and some gas pumps with the Hallie Stillwell Museum behind it.
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Rv camping also

Primitive camping and the rock hunting area was across the road.

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We were the only rock hunters that day…it was nice and peaceful.
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The views were wonderful
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Geode
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Jasper Geode
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Agate
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Red and Green Jasper
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Another Geode

We had a great time. They charge by the pound and we brought back about $6.00 dollars worth. Best bargain around!!

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Scenery on the way back

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