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Thanksgiving in Texas -- Nov. and Dec. 2010

Day 21, December 04. We drove south from Marathon into Big Bend National Park. At the entrance station, we asked about birds, and the ranger said: Oh, are you here to see the bird? We asked what bird, and it turns out there was a Tufted Flycatcher down along the river and people had been coming in from all over the US to see it. Sure enough, we drove into the campground, saw a gaggle of birders, walked up, and saw the bird. Other people have waited since 1993 to see one of these birds in the US, and we just walked right up. We also saw a bobcat with a bob-kitten saunter across the campground road. Great fun. We did some nice short walks in the desert and along the Rio Grande River and stirred up a pack of javelina. The park ranger assure us the the area is safe and border violence has not reached this remote area.

During the night, we experienced extreme winds that sounded as if they would bring down the cottonwood trees in the campground. We tied one end of our tent so some boulders and the other end to the car so as not to blow away!

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Big Bend boundary sign
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Fossil exhibits
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Nature trail at Dugout Wells
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Fancy purple pricklypear cactus
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A gaggle of birders
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Tufted Flycatcher: the object of the attention
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Rio Grand River Cooter -- such a pretty girl
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Monarch-type butterfly
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Even bugs get bugs (note small, red mites)
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Rio Grande Village nature trail in marsh along river
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Rio Grande with sunset color in Mexico
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Boquillas, Mexico; with the border closed, the economy died
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Mexicans trying to make a few dollars leave art on the US side
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Sunset over Mexico

Note: All distances, elevations, and other facts are approximate.
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