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Thanksgiving in Texas -- Nov. and Dec. 2010

Day 27, December 10. We left Big Bend National Park and drove up along the Rio Grande River heading west and for the first time, feeling like we were starting home. We stopped in the town of Lajetas at a state park with interesting exhibits and a going-to-waste botanical garden. From there we birded upstream and stopped for the night in the Arenosa Campground in Big Bend Ranch State Park on the banks of the Rio Grande.

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Packing up in Cottonwood Campground
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The welts are going down
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An unusual Lady Bird Beetle (commonly called a Ladybug)
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A visitor on our picnic table
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Botanical garden
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Rock Squirrel at home in the botanical garden
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Highway 170 near the Rio Grande River
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Rio Grand River
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Mexican Mallards in the Rio Grande River (they are in Mexico)
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Scenic country along the river
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Highway 170 (view northwest) with the Rio Grande River. Texas is on the right (Big Bend Ranch State Park), and Mexico is on the left. Both are wild and scenic country with few human inhabitants.
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Roadside Rest Area along Highway 170. Apparently the Texas Highway Department wanted the Plains Indians to feel comfortably at home if they ever get down this way.
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Liz on a rock in the Rio Grande River
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A turtle on a rock in the Rio Grande River
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Rio Grande River at sunset
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Liz fixing dinner in Arenosa Campground
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Raccoon raiding the trash can
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Raccoon atop the garbage can

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