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Thanksgiving in Texas -- Nov. and Dec. 2010

Day 26, December 09. We spent the day and a second night in the Cottonwood area. The major event for the day was hiking into Santa Elana Canyon where the Rio Grande River runs out of a narrow canyon. A trail leads to were the canyon is so narrow that water runs from wall to wall. In the afternoon, we visited historic homesites and learned a bit about the local history.

One of the highlights of Jim's trip, after the helicopter ride, of course, was photographing some fairly cooperative javelinas. One sauntered out into the road, while others were back in the creosote bushes eating prickly pear cactus pads. When Jim got too close (and with Liz saying to stay back), one javelina just picked up her cactus and walked farther back into the bush before resuming her meal.

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White-wing Doves can't read
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Vermillion Flycatcher in the campground
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Birding along the Rio Grande
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Black Phoebe on a stick
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Santa Elana Canyon overlook
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Hiking trail into Santa Elana Canyon
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Liz looking at birds in Mexico from the high point along the trail
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When dry land ends, the trail ends
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Liz playing in the mud
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Snout Butterfly
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Looking down canyon
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Turtle tracks and raccoon tracks in the mud
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Hiking down
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Mouth of the canyon
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Tarantula Hawk (2-inch long wasp)
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A dainty hairstreak butterfly
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Old ranch house
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Unusual cactus
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Javelina in the road
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Javelina in the bush
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If you get too close, I'll take my dinner and go elsewhere
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Eating tasty prickly pear cactus
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La Harmonia store
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Liz fixing something tasty for dinner in camp

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