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Friday, March 11, 2016, Rio Grande Village Campground, Big Bend National Park, TX, Day 3, 0 Miles, 5,078.3 Miles for the Trip

After breakfast I decided to head to Chisos Basin to see if my trailer will fit in the space I have reserved for next Tuesday & Wednesday. On the way to Panther Junction I drove through the section of the park that had a wildfire a few weeks ago. If you think the desert doesn't burn, here is photo proof that it can!

A pretty drive to the Chisos Basin campground, although quite a hill getting into the place. My site does not look anything like the photo on the Rec.Gov web page, but the trailer will fit. It is really a tent site with a parallel to the road parking space that will just fit the trailer & RAV4.

Since I was already half way there, I continued west to the Terlingua Ghost Town. A couple of people told me it was a required stop, and a couple of others said it was a ghost town that isn't. I'll have to agree with the second group. It isn't an empty ghost town such a Bodie Historical Park in California, but it also isn't a tourist package like the Goldfield Ghost Town in Apache Junction, AZ. Instead, it is a collection of broken buildings combined with bars, stores, hotels (the one in the photos has signs advertising it as open even though it is missing much of its roof & windows) and other abandoned & functioning buildings, as well as people's homes.

Along Rio Grande Village Road After the Fire Along Rio Grande Village Road Along Rio Grande Village Road
Terlingua Cemetery Terlingua Cemetery Terlingua Ghost Town Terlingua Ghost Town
Inside a Store An Art Gallery A Bar A church
A Working Hotel Their Sign Some Buildings  

I have to admit is is somewhat interesting, but I didn't spend a lot of time there. On the way back I stopped at a grocery store in Study Butte (the nearest one to the campground & about 44 miles from Rio Grande Village). I should have picked up a bunch of pre mixed, bottled tea since I drank my last one after getting back to the campground, but forgot - didn't have it on my list...

The sun has been peaking out around the clouds - enough to fully recharge my batteries, but not enough to make sitting outside completely pleasant. Still, that's what I did most of the afternoon. I'll take my laptop to the village store to post this page & check my mail when I'm done.

Dinner will be spaghetti, sausage & meatballs.

Until the next internet connection -

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