Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Del Rio, TX

You know you're in Texas when you see an advertisement for a business called "Billy Bob's Beds." That cracked us up.

We left Port Aransas this morning and made the first of many legs of our journey home. We abandoned our plans to go to Brownsville, which was about 100 miles south of where we were. We decided we wouldn't see anything we hadn't already seen in Corpus Christi. So now we are heading for Big Bend National Park, which is one day away from us. We drove north on I-37 from Corpus Christi to San Antonio. All along the way were signs marking that route as a hurricane evacuation route. Thank goodness that isn't anything we have to worry about. I tried to imagine all the people leaving Corpus Christi and driving north on both sides of the freeway. Everybody heading out of town--nobody coming in. Scary enough for a Stephen King novel.

Tonight, we are in Del Rio, TX. We're staying at an RV park called "Buzzard's Roost RV Ranch." I think that's all you need to know about this place. I'll leave the rest to your imagination.

Del Rio is a town of about 34,000 people. It is a major inland shipping point for wool and mohair and it is also an international entry point. Directly across the Rio Grande from us is Ciudad Acuna, Mexico. Keep in mind that the Rio Grande, in addition to being the 2nd longest river in the country, is also the international border between the United States and Mexico. I have been doing some reading about Big Bend National Park and its history, specifically where the river is concerned. People used to cross over and back without a thought. Today, of course, is a different story.

This will be my 50th post to this blog. Seems like some kind of celebration is in order. Tonight, we're going to eat dinner out (and grab a couple of our favorite Applebee's margaritas), and then stock up on groceries. (Do we know how to celebrate, or what?) Big Bend is a remote park, and not really near anything other than a few convenience stores. There is only one gas station, and so we are hoping they sell diesel. We plan to spend several nights there to explore the park, and so we'll want to be stocked up on everything we'll need. There is, fortunately, a concession-run campground inside the park, which means it will have full hook-ups. There is always the possibility that it could be full, however, and so we are planning ahead. There are also three other campgrounds without hook-ups.

After we get to Big Bend I feel confident I will have more pictures for you. So stay tuned . . .