Big Bend National Park (Part 3: West Side, Santa Elena Canyon & Terlingua)

Big Bend National Park (Part 3:  West Side, Santa Elena Canyon & Terlingua)

The West side of Big Bend shares some features with the East side in the way of the Rio Grande, canyons and desert hikes.  There are, however, two features that set this area apart:  first, Santa Elena Canyon which you kayak or canoe; second, more historical areas than the rest of the park.  Castolon is home to […]

Big Bend National Park (Part 1: The East & Rio Grande Village)

Big Bend National Park (Part 1:  The East & Rio Grande Village)

Time is as still as the heat.  Days are long under blue sky and a blaring sun.  Rocky outcroppings embolden the horizon.  Cactus and thorny scrubs add further danger to the abrasive rocky sand underfoot.  The Rio Grande flows through canyons bringing a swath of greenery to the landscape and dividing two nations.  The Chisos […]

Missions of San Antonio: History & How to Visit (Texas History Part 1)

Missions of San Antonio:  History & How to Visit (Texas History Part 1)

The Missions are my favorite part of visiting San Antonio, and they are a great place to begin understanding the history of Texas.  Before the Missions, Texas was the home of very distinct Indian tribes.  Due to the vastness of the area, it is no surprise that the different tribes had very different means for […]