Category Archives: Big Bend National Park

Starlight Theatre, Terlingua chili, and high society

Terlingua is a town where you can feel like a local if you’ve just returned from a guided canoeing trip, because you can hang out with your guides, who know everyone. We missed being on the river, alone with the … Continue reading

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Campfire songs in Big Bend National Park

Campfire songs follow a hard day paddling, a great meal, and a little wine, or bourbon. We couldn’t have a real campfire on the ground, but Far Flung had rigged a metal pan up about a foot with a tray … Continue reading

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Sleeping under the stars in Texas

Have you ever slept outside, with nothing between you and the stars? I can’t say I have done it often, but the last night on the Rio Grande seemed the perfect time to do so. I didn’t even set up … Continue reading

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Camping with emerald earrings

Did you leave your jewels at home? What are you saving them for? Why not wear them outside? Our joyful camping companion did not worry. Her emerald earrings reminded us of a deeper green than anything in the desert. They … Continue reading

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The power of praise

A hundred strokes on the left, keeping the boat straight, then a hundred strokes on the right, repeat. OK, the left is easier, so a thousand strokes on the left for every hundred on the right. I should be looking … Continue reading

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If Texas were a piece of chocolate

If you gave a child a piece of chocolate shaped like Texas, she would probably bite off the trans-Pecos bulge first. It isn’t a lot of Texas, but it is a lot of natural land. It is all Chihuahuan desert, … Continue reading

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How to paddle a canoe in Texas

The turquoise water pooled against the limestone cliffs, then riffled brown on the shallow Mexican side. I pushed my yellow paddle in straight, leaning far forward in the canoe, then watched it pull past me, as I turned towards the … Continue reading

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