Big Bend National Park

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Big Bend National Park is one of my favorite places in Texas. I have been fortunate enough to visit several times during Thanksgiving on trips with the Austin Sierra Club.  Big Bend National Park covers 801,163 acres and is located on Texas- Mexico Boarder at the “bend” in the Rio Grande.  It is a special park as it has a large river (Rio Grande),  a desert (Chihuahuan Desert) , and mountains (Chisos Mountains).  Learn more about the Big Bend National Park on the webiste or read the latest Paisano Newsletter

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Some words to know to understand the naming of things there:

Falls vs Pour Off= a pour off is a dry waterfall. A place in a wash or canyon where water, if it were flowing, would “pour over” a ledge to form a waterfall.  A waterfall always has water flowing.

Tinja=is Spanish for “large earthen jar” and refers to a basin-shaped water hole, usually carved into bedrock by natural erosin.

Sierra= means mountain chain in Spanish

Javanlina=  Peccaries, which are native to the Americas, resemble pigs but are not.  While they have poor eye sight, they have an amazing sense of smell and will rip apart a tent to get to anything that they can smell.  (Never leave food in your tent while in Texas unless in a bear canister.) They travel in herds and they seem to travel around more at dusk and at night.  Learn more.

Astrobleme: remains of an ancient meteorite-impact structure on the Earth’s surface, generally in the form of a circular scar of crushed and deformed bedrock. Learn  More

 

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  1. Pingback: Big Bend National Park November 2015 | Rebecca Stuch

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