Thursday, March 15, 2012

Big Bend National Park

The next stop on our road trip was Big Bend National Park. On the way, we spent a night at the Lajitas Resort, which was charming but fairly uneventful. The highlight of the night was dinner in the nearby town of Terlingua at the Starlight Theatre. Chicken-fried antelope strips FTW.

On the way back, we decided to stop the car on the side of the road for some impromptu stargazing. Learned two lessons:
  • Car roofs are not constructed to support the weight of five men.
  • You haven't really seen the stars until you've gazed at them on with your buddies on a clear night in a remote desert region far from any lights. 
I could go on about the night sky (complete with shooting stars for our viewing pleasure), but I'll spare you the cliches and the mushiness.

The next morning, we headed into Big Bend, one of the largest, most remote, and least visited parks in the US National Park system. The park runs along the Rio Grande and is a study in stark contrasts. There's not much I can say that pictures would not describe better: