Good bye Fort Stockton and to your sopping wet, $15 a night RV park. I sure won't miss wading through 3" of caliche to get to the ladies room with a pad lock combination, and no hand soap. Mercy me!!! Did find some GREAT green chili chicken enchiladas in Fort Stockton, and a Catholic church for Mass this morning before taking off for Big Bend.
What a spectacular drive through Marathon all the way across the winding badlands of a valley leading into Big Bend. We were literally surrounded with "purple mountains majesty" lining both sides of the road as far as one could see. Quite fitting for the Fourth of July. We saw wild javelina, jackrabbits and roadrunners scurrying along in their hunt for survival. I was amazed at all the color and various shades of greens that dotted the textured landscape including everything from the soft pale smokey green of prickly pears flaunting ripe red fruit, to rusty greens and countless hues of everything in between.
Many of the roads in the park are now closed due to the high waters but we are nestled in secure at Rio Grande Village Campground just 200 yards from the Rio. This is off season for Big Bend due to the heat so there are not many campers around which I really like. I am getting a little worried as I look out our camper window and can see ten turkey buzzards on ground all around our camper...hope they aren't saying their grace? Are we for dinner?
We will camp here for a couple of nights so I can paint but then plan to move up into the Chisos Mountain Basin where it is cooler. I just want to see it all...my heart is singing!!!
My Blackberry isn't getting service here so I may be out of touch but there is a Wifi spot in this campground so I can make posts to the blog. I will try to send some photos when I get a signal
and can download off my phone.