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I'm back! We have been in Big Bend State Park in Texas for the last 6 days. It is 55 miles off the road (25 miles from the park hdqtrs to the campground) so there is no reception of any kind for a phone or a laptop. It was very hot, much more than usual for this time of year; 105 one day and 100 the next. We two crazy people took a 3/4 mile walk at 5 p.m. on the 105 day and nearly became broiled lobsters. After that, we got up early and walked in the morning until about 11, then sat in the shade until 7 pm when we walked again. There are not enough words in my vocabulary to describe Big Bend. It's 1/2 million acres of wilderness. We hiked many of the trails ( which are sometimes a drive of 40-50 miles to get to). We heard coyotes howl at night and wild burros from across the Rio Grande making a wild racket. The park is bounded on the south and west by the Rio Grande, so we could hike and look over into Mexico. Men from the village there, Boquillas, ride across the river (illegally) on burros and leave handmade things for people to buy. They watch the money and come and collect it at night. Until 9/11, there was free commerce and travel between the park and Boquillas, but now, no one is allowed to enter from either country. There was once an International Peace Park there, as there is between the U.S. and Canada. In 2008, the park had a lot of flooding from a hurricane that stalled over TX and just kept pouring down rain, so there is still reconstruction going on in some parts. All of the javelinas, an animal that looks like a hairy pig, were relocated elsewhere in the park, so we didn't see any this time. Here are some of my pics.border patrol stationroad made by border patrol by dragging tires in dirtborder patrol cartires are chained together and dragged behind car to show footprints of illegals crossing desertopinions shownSierra del Carmen in Mexicowater is always sought by all the animalsthe roadrunner; a ground cookooBoquillas in MexicoSanta Elena CanyonThe Rio Grande dividing U.S. and MexicoHot Springs, one time resortthe one remaining 105 degree springVermillion Flycatcher and one of the signs on trailsblimp to watch for illegal crossersblimp dockage

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Wow, thats amazing. Its true everything is on a grand scale in Ameribun! Don't furget your factor 30!

Now that you mention it, I did get a nice sunburned back hiking the Burro Mule Pouroff Trail in 105 degree heat! I'm just a dumb bunny sometimes (or silly cat, as the case may be)(=^-^=)

Blimp patrol! I think that needs to be a TV series...

I don't think they are reeeaaaly doing that much good. People will get across the border no matter what.(=^-^=)

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