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The two RV Gypsies spent a second day at
Big Bend National Park and saw a wild fire,
Mexican artwork, and more beautiful scenery
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October 11, 2012

Rio Grande Overlook & tunnel

Rio Grande Overlook
looking into Mexico
rough looking mountain
rough looking mountain
purple colors in the ground
tunnel in Big Bend National Park
tunnel in Big Bend National Park
tunnel in Big Bend National Park

Limestone weathers reluctantly in dry climates, and leaves soils rough and stony with few deep pockets to hold water and nutrients. Certain plants seem to like these dubious qualities.

sign about the plants in Big Bend National Park
sign about the plants in Big Bend National Par

The two RV Gypsies looked for a lunch spot and saw some wildlife.

wildlife
wildlife
roadrunner

Before eating lunch, the two RV Gypsies took a quick walk around the area and got another view of the Rio Grande River.

Lee Duquette gets another view of the Rio Grande River
another view of the Rio Grande River
another view of the Rio Grande River
another view of the Rio Grande River
flower

Then, just around the corner, the two RV Gypsies came to a pond full of ducks.

a pond full of ducks
a pond full of ducks

Karen Duquette saw a big bird at the other end of the pond. Zooming in on flowers, Karen managed to photograph a blue dragonfly in flight. Dragonflies never stop flying, so they are really hard to photograph.

big bird at the other end of the pond.
flowers and a blue dragonfly
Karen Duquette photographing ducks at Big Bend National Park
Karen Duquette in Big Bend National Park
Karen Duquette in Big Bend National Park

more dragonflies

dragonflies
dragonflies

After lunch, the two RV Gypsies continued driving through Big Bend National Park and saw a wildfire on the other side of the Rio Grande River in Mexico.

a wildfire on the other side of the Rio Grande River (in Mexico)
a wildfire on the other side of the Rio Grande River (in Mexico)
a wildfire on the other side of the Rio Grande River (in Mexico)
a wildfire on the other side of the Rio Grande River (in Mexico)
a wildfire on the other side of the Rio Grande River (in Mexico)

Rio Grande Village Nature Trail (The Bridge Trail) was an easy trial with a 0.75 mile loop. Although short and easy, the trail was very scenic. The first 100 yards was wheelchair accessible and crossed a boardwalk through a spring-fed wetland. Then the trail gradually climbed a limestone hill with panoramic vistas of the Rio Grande, and the Chisos and Del Carmen Mountains.

warning sign about buying Mexican goods
Rio Grande Village Nature Trail boardwalk
Lee Duquette on the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail boardwalk
Karen Duquette on the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail boardwalk
The two RV Gypsies on the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail boardwalk
Karen Duquette on the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail boardwalk
Karen Duquette on the Rio Grande Village Nature Trail boardwalk
a cool looking dead tree
turtles in the pond

Turtles in the water

Across the last bridge

Turtles in the water
Across the last bridge

The two RV Gypsies made their way up a small hill and took a panorama look back at the wildfire.

wildfire
wildfire and the Rio Grande River
wildfire and the Rio Grande River

Remember the warning sign at the beginning of this trail about purchasing or possessing items from Mexican Nationals? Well, here is the reason why. On many of the trails in Big Bend National Park, lots of unattended items were on display for sale, with a jar to put money in. Don't do it!

illegal Mexican goods for sale

The two RV Gypsies looked at and photographed some of the interesting items, but of course they did NOT buy nor take any of the items. They admired the handiwork then put the stuff right back where it was.

illegal Mexican goods for sale
illegal Mexican goods for sale
illegal Mexican goods for sale
illegal Mexican goods for sale
illegal Mexican goods for sale

Below: More dramatic views of the Rio Grande River and the wildfire.

more dramatic views of the Rio Grande River and the wildfire.
more dramatic views of the Rio Grande River and the wildfire.
more dramatic views of the Rio Grande River and the wildfire.

Looking across the Rio Grande into Mexico, the two RV Gypsies noticed the dramatic sandstone and limestone layers of the Sierra Del Carmen Mountain Range. These cliff walls tower above the small community of Boquillas (Bo-key-us) and are interrupted only by the narrow slice of river entering Boquillas Canyon. Farther south, the Maderas Del Carmen Mountains reach 9,000 feet in elevation, and the rich evergreen forests found there.

Looking across the Rio Grande into Mexico
Looking across the Rio Grande into Mexico
Looking across the Rio Grande into Mexico
Looking across the Rio Grande into Mexico
Looking across the Rio Grande into Mexico
Looking across the Rio Grande into Mexico
Looking across the Rio Grande into Mexico

Boquillas Canyon overlook

the road to Bouquillas Canyon overlook in Big Bend National Park
Boquillas Canyon overlook
Bouquillas Canyon overlook and the Rio Grande River
Boquillas Canyon overlook and the Rio Grande River

Below: More of the Mexican wares that are illegal to purchase or possess. The two RV Gypsies wondered how they put them here and how they collect the money (if any) without being caught? Also, why doesn't the park just confiscate the goods?

Mexican wares that are illegal
Mexican wares that are illegal
Mexican wares that are illegal
Mexican wares that are illegal

U.S. Department of the Interior Geological Survey plaque

U.S. Department of the Interior Geoglogical Survey plaque

The two RV Gypsies stayed just outside of Big Bend National Park at Big Bend Resort and Adventures RV Park. The office worker was very nice, and showed the two RV Gypsies the sitting area with free coffee. The park had free Wi-Fi, but it was unsecured. There was no cable, but the two RV Gypsies had 12 basic TV stations that worked OK via antenna. Strong wind guests are common in this area, so they kept their awning in when they were not at home. There was a gas station (that was super expensive and definitely over-priced), a convenience store and small restaurant nearby. The two RV Gypsies did not use any of those amenities, nor the a laundry room, showers that cost, nor the restrooms in the campground.

Big Bend Resort and Adventures RV Park sign
the RV of the Two RV Gypsies in south Texas
Big Bend Resort and Adventures RV Park
Big Bend Resort and Adventures RV Park
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go to the next adventure of the two RV GypsiesThe two RV Gypsies went to Fort Hood, Texas and learned about army tanks and more on a tour of the base with Karen's nephew Chris.