I was worried that the border patrol was monitoring my blog, and sending in some troops to fill the void (see my last post). I was amazed at their monitoring technology and reaction times – as I was still uploading when they showed up in not one, but two helicopters!
But when I drove out past the park visitor center and ranger’s office, I saw no camo-clad troops circling into the desert to apprehend me, but a bunch of dignitaries and media.
Courtesy of the San Antonio Express-News, a photo of the helicopter that I did not take a photo of.
It turns out that:
Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Alan Bersin flies over the international crossing at Boquillas in Big Bend National Park before a press conference on Jan. 6 where he announced that the crossing is scheduled to re-open in April 2012.
Click on one of the links above to read the whole story and see more pics from the media.
I’m not sure if the locals from Boquillas, Mexico were aware of the announcement or not, but in the location of the historic crossing that day I spoke to several Mexicans – on the US side, openly selling their wares – and enjoyed some great singing from the far bank! Some crossed in canoes and boats, others rode their horses across – as detailed in the media links as well.
In these photos, the far or right bank is Mexico.
The previous day found me driving into the Chisos Basin area of the park – that I personally found the most scenic of the areas I visited. My photos are not of the Bayfield Bunch quality, but will give you an idea of the scenery.
I hiked the ‘Window’ trail, and the ‘Basin Loop’ while there.
Basin loop trail
Heading out on the road
I have left Big Bend National Park behind for now as I head further south to check out the gulf coast of Texas, but I hope to be able to stop again on the way back north or in the not too distant future. I have barely scratched the surface of what the park has to offer. Besides, I may have to pick up one of those metal Mexican scorpions .
I’ll have to check on Wandering Willy when I get to south Texas. Not sure if I will recognize him without the beard!