The Rio Grande, looking into Boquillas Canyon and towards the Sierra del Carmen mountain range in the distance
During our last trip into Big Bend National Park we also visited the Boquillas Hot Springs, some four miles upriver from Boquillas Canyon.
A series of thermal springs exist adjacent to the Rio Grande along a stretch beginning upstream of Rio Grande Village but this is the most famous one.
There used to be a bathhouse here that was build over the spring but today only some ruins of the foundation are left and in one corner you can see the 105F hot water bubbling up to the surface.
You're allowed to soak in it if you want to, it is supposedly beneficial for your health , especially if you suffer from arthritis or skin conditions.
We had worked up a sweat during the mile long hike to get there, it was very hot that day, so we really didn't feel like soaking in hot water. (That, and we also forgot to bring our bathing suits. (Of course!)
A short, and flat, hike along side the river brings you to the springs and a slightly longer one through the hills loops you back to the parking lot.
From up above you have a great view of the river, the canyon and the mountain ranges.
This beautiful Great Blue Heron was overlooking his empire from up above....
... as was this noisy little Brown-crested Flycatcher from the prickly Ocotillos.
Talking about prickly! You don't want to go near these Hedgehog Cacti!
When they bloom they almost look approachable ....
... if you're a bee ..
As you can see this blog is hugely 'after the fact' again, since the next pictures show our dinner at 'Long Draw Pizza', 10 minutes away from us on the road to Terlingua.
It was my Birthday dinner on the 26th of April!
We ate at the bar (see the picture I made using the mirror opposite of us) and choose a pizza with blue cheese and ham. Although the crust is a standard thin crust that comes from the freezer it is surprisingly good, nice and crispy, and the pizza is LOADED with cheese and stuff and piping hot straight from the oven.
Combined with a nice cold beer and a very friendly and laid back atmosphere it was a great dinner!
Finally, I know it's hard to understand for some but discovering a bird I've never seen before can just make my day (or week, or month!)
I love his little crest and you should've heard him sing!
That is to say I only discovered it really was one when I enlarged the shot on my computer. He was very far away, I had to use full zoom and still had to enlarge it in Picasa without blurring the image (which wasn't as much as I'd liked).
I actually thought in the field it was a true Cardinal but since I'd never seen either one before I was very happy to 'score' this one!
I know. Silly me...