Terlingua Trading Company, picking up a few souvenirs to take with us.
Love the cowboy handicap parking sign.
The road through the park is windy following the river and the mountains. There are many times where you drive up the road and can only trust that when you get over the top, there is road on the otherside instead of a cliff. Often,it was like a cool roller coaster, so keep that in mind if you suffer from motion sickness. We did drive by numerous groups of motorcyclists and I can certainly see why they would enjoy the ride.
Contrabando Movie Set. We stopped and took a few pictures but didn't venture down to the actual buildings.
The parts of the river we could see from above looked like it would make for a cool canoe trip. You can see lots of canyon walls and, just based on some of the spectacular images I've seen on the Internet, I'm just assuming that our vantage point didn't even scratch the surface on the beauty. I also suspect that timing is everything. While beautiful, most everything was dry, desert-like and pretty much like seeing the same patch of landscape for miles with the occasional eye popping feature to catch your attention. In a different month or season, this place probably looks way different.
We drove through the small patch of land called Redford and then on to Presidio. Interestingly, our cellphones welcomed us abroad and asked us if we'd like to pay for the $19.00 data plan. No, thanks.
The landscape changes tremendously heading north and it was a very pleasant drive. Lots of cattle ranches but not a single buffalo in sight. There are a few cool rock formations noted as you drive along.
Shafter. I think this one is much easier to catch. You just know that some little kids 100 years ago were wandering around the landscape and with no video games to play, had to use their imaginations to notice these features.
That evening we were up in the air about dinner. I made use of the Urban Spoon to rule out a few spots in Alpine and we had pretty much narrowed it down to a few places, one of which was a cool looking diner called Penny's. Making use of the helpful staff at the Hampton Inn, a front desk lady told Eva we should try Reata, given it was our anniversary and all.
Big Bend Brewing Co. It is their 22 Porter, darker than I ordinarily like, but it went very well with dinner. Thanks to info from our waitress, we walked across the street to the grocery store and bought a few six-packs to bring home to the kids to try.
Day 2 of our Big Bend trip was great. We got to enjoy the jacuzzi back at the hotel and even catch the end of the Spurs game. Day 3 and 4 of the trip in the next installment.