19-Mar-2001 -- Quite honestly when I anticipated a vacation to west Texas I
expected miles of open rangeland and prairie, and easy jogs to
various confluence points. Not! After
being in west Texas for several days and seeing hundreds of
miles of locked gates, barbed wire, and "no trespassing signs"
in the remotest corners of Brewster and Val Verde County, I was
beginning to have serious doubts that all of this private ownership
of vast expanses of remote land actually benefited public welfare.
Big Bend National Park seems like the proverbial bone
thrown to us to appease our thirst for open space!
This particular confluence point is was no exception, two miles
off the main highway behind an endless barbed wire fence. Future
visitors will likely have to either find the legitimate owner
or scale the fence and enduring an all-afternoon traverse through
rugged terrain and thorny vegetation. The photograph shown here
was taken at the point of closest approach, 1.76 miles from
U.S. 90 looking northeast.