The Chisos basin is known for its stunning sunsets. Particularly "the window" (la vintura) is a famous sunrise location where the mountains open up. The contrast of the dark mountains with the bright hues of the departing sun is surreal.
When on a trip I feel the need to immerse myself in the experience. For example I had to jump in the Rio Grande river. How else would you know if it exists? If it does exist then how cold is the water, how deep, how quick is the current, are there fish? These types of questions are always brewing in my mind. So I feel obligated to find out. I am looking forward to immersing myself in the Arctic Ocean when I finally travel back to Alaska again. That will be interesting...
On the Mexican side of the Rio Grande there were cows, goats, and donkeys (el burro). The cows had bells around their neck and we heard their every move. Lisa zoomed in to capture these two donkeys way off into the Boquillas Canyon. Later that night we would hear these donkey's hee-hawing from our campsite.
This particular night will always stand out in my camping experiences. The Rio Grande Village campground turns wild at night. Noises and movement surrounded the tent all night. Every hour a wild howling sound would erupt throughout the campground. Was it dogs, coyotes, javelinas (wild boars)? I have no idea. At one point something ran straight into the tent and hit me in the head. None of this bothered Lisa who slept right on through.
Southwest Texas and the Rio Grande were stunning. Everyone needs to visit this area and take in the mountains, desert and river. The awe inspiring sunrises, sunsets and bright star displays cannot be captured by words... although I do have some great pictures!
The setting sun over the Rio Grande displays brillant colors and reflections. Slowly our trip to Big Bend and the Rio Grande River faded with the sun over the horizon.
Tomorrow we travel deeper West into Texas and New Mexico!