Birdwatching Travel

West Texas adventure, Part 3

Tuesday morning I couldn’t even find my parents.  I thought they might have found a ride home, or possibly I had killed them with the long hike.  It turns out my parents have learned how to sleep late. Interesting.

Tuesday we took a driving tour of the park, to see the things that are on my must-see list for BBNP: Hot Springs, Boquillas, and Santa Elena Canyon. We also did some lazing around at Rio Grande Village campground, which is one of the best places to look at pretty birds without much effort. Painted buntings and vermilion flycatchers were everywhere.

Mis padres at Santa Elena Canyon.
Big Bend National Park

Roadside cholla.
Big Bend National Park

We took a shortcut up Old Maverick Road from Santa Elena to the main road, for dinner at the Starlight Theater in Terlingua. We had great food and listened to (I think!) Doug Scharnberg play guitar and sing.

The next morning we had to drive back to Austin, but there were a couple of great sightings on the road as we were leaving. In the basin, just before the Lost Mine Trailhead, this guy was ambling along. It might be hard to see because I was a little over-excited and trying to keep people from running into our car at the same time, but in case you can’t tell it is a bear.

Big Bend National Park

And this Texas horned lizard was on the road, I had to shoo him off of it.
Big Bend National Park

And that is the end of Chihuahuan Desert Adventure 2010.
Big Bend National Park


  1. Lisa

    May 23, 2010 at 8:06 pm

    Wowie! Great photos of awesome critters.

  2. Pam/Digging

    May 24, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I guess I didn’t realize there are bears out there. Cool that you saw one (from a safe distance).

  3. Lancashire rose

    May 26, 2010 at 6:27 am

    We love Big Bend too. Had no idea there were bears there. We saw javelinas on the campground and along the road and lots of the vermillion flycatchers. Very special.

  4. Albert Helton

    May 27, 2010 at 11:15 am

    You’ve done it once again! Amazing post.

  5. Debby Boyd

    June 21, 2010 at 10:16 pm

    Your post brought back so many fond memories. My husband and I used travel across to Boqillas by boat when it was legal. I miss visiting with the people in the little village there. I hope we get to back this fall to Big Bend it is a great bird and butterfly watching place.

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