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SOUTHWEST PILGRIMAGE: RIVER ROAD TO BIG BEND

After the inspiring trip to Marfa, the next part of our journey was by far the most epic part of the whole trip.  I had heard about Big Bend National Park and the area surrounding it and was told that we had to take the River Road down alongside the border and experience the magic that is this area of the country.  Referred to as “The Last Frontier”, I completely lost my mind when we began to enter the state park portion of Big Bend.

I’ve been to a lot of places across the country and have seen some really beautiful landscapes, but nothing can quite compare to the mixed textures and levels of awesomeness that this part of West Texas has.  So majestic, so regal, so strong these mountains are.  And to see the Rio Grande river running right alongside them…well, its just beyond beautiful.  You can feel the history of our country down there.  Mexico is but a few feet away and you are looking across at it the entire time.  Very surreal and very special.  This place captured my heart and I’m already planning my trip back in September.

Here is the drive down the River road…

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The heaven’s were singing to me down here

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Our first dip in the Rio Grande

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Such a sweet spot!

The first town we hit in Big Bend was Lajitas which was a beautiful community that actually has a small resort type hotel there.  I need to check it out.  This cemetary caught our eye and we were so taken with it’s beauty.  Set on the mountainside made of rocks, the graves with the wrought iron crosses were so breathtaking and unique.  What an amazing place to spend your resting days..

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Lajitas, TX

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We stayed in Terlingua Ghost Town in Big Bend at a very special and magical place, La Posada Milagro. I stumbled upon this spot online and was so amazed when we got there at how wonderful it was.  A group of 5 casitas all set up on a hill with views of all of the Big Bend and Mexico mountains.  This is a place where you literally just sit and watch and look and be present; no cell phone service, no internet, just a complete disconnect and reconnect to mother earth.  The night we arrived we witnessed the most amazing lightning storm and transition into rainbows and sunshine.  This place is truly spectacular!

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I loved the simplicity of the decor and surroundings and how everything was set up to be outside. There was an outdoor kitchen and bar and a ton of little seating areas. Just down from the casitas is the town’s coffee shop where are the locals hung out and caught up. I met some amazing artists and people at that coffee shop and it was so inspiring.  Next week I will be sharing an artisan that I met at the coffee shop who has been living in Terlingua for nearly 30 years.  This place attracts some really interesting artists, hippies and intellectuals and I can’t wait to go back and reconnect with them.

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2,133 Comments

  1. keepfeelingjoanna

    i am loving all your pics from your adventure! i especially love that last pic of you! xo

  2. Katie

    I love all the pix of the colorful doors. My fav pic is of the landscape, large pottery piece with the pink door peaking over…great write-up!

  3. Chechoyekpecyek

    That was beautiful! My sweet sitser-in-law, poet/writer Naomi Shihab Nye, suggested I read this as I am recovering from my second breast cancer. I, too, have been a recipient of unconditional love and prayer, and I related to Heather’s story of fragility and love like I owned it. I, too, have swallows nesting here on my backyard on the bay, Ingleside on the Bay TX, and enjoy them so very much. They nest under an old covered boat lift and are so fun to watch.Thank you, Naomi, for another wonderful suggested reading, and thank you, Martin, for sending the link, and most of all, thank you, Heather, for putting into words and imagery what many may feel but do not know how to express.BlessingsJulie Nye

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