|Sunday, March 16, we drove to Big Bend National Park and arrived there at the RV campground, by about 1:30 pm. This is a very large National Park but the literature says it is the least visited National Park. There are many campgrounds but only one campground has any hook-ups. It has only 25 parking spots. We chose that campground otherwise we would be using battery power or generator power. As I said it is a large park, it takes you about an hour to drive from East edge to the West edge. The perimeter of the park is surrounded by mountains. In the center of the park are Chisos Mountains and rest of the park is desert. It is beautiful in a stark kind of way. Not many trees in the mountains and almost no trees in the desert. The desert plants were blooming since it was the cooler spring season. I would not want to visit this park in the summer, it must be brutal in the heat. Sunday late afternoon we visited the Boquillas Canyon Overlook, which overlooks the Rio Grande River and Mexico, which is across the river. Monday morning we headed for the mountains. Our campground is on the eastern border so it took us 30 minutes to get to the base of the mountains. The road up the mountains does not allow campers over 20 feet. The road is very twisty and white knuckle in places, even in the Jeep. The Chisos Basin in the mountains has a visitor center, store, campground, and guest Lodge. We ate lunch in the Lodge and then took a short trail walk, which lets you look through a V-shaped window to overlook the desert below. What a view. I think the trip to the mountains was the highlight of the three days at Big Bend Nat. Park. Tuesday, we drove a 2-mile bumpy gravel road to see the ruins of a Hot Springs Resort that was used until 1942. We then drove to the west side of the park to visit the ruins of a ranch that was used until 1918. We then drove down another bumpy gravel road to the trailhead of a trail that led to a waterfall. I was told it was a ¾ mile trail to the falls. I think someone was wrong on the distance. It took me about 40 minutes of walking and some hard climbing to get to the falls. The falls were more of a dribble than a fall. I took some pictures and then headed back because Carol was waiting in the car. I was not sure it was worth the effort and I was tired by the time I got back to the car. The Park is sort of isolated with the surrounding mountains. I could not even find a radio station on my clock radio. The one morning I did set the alarm I had to awake to static instead of music. At least the static was better than the BUZZ of an alarm clock. Wednesday morning we were leaving beautiful Big Bend Nat. Park and heading for Alpine, Texas. As we were leaving we finally got back into cell phone service area and we had four messages from the girls wondering where were. They knew we were heading for the Nat. Park but they were wondering why we weren't answering them. I guess it goes to show you how much we all depend on cell phone service. On to Alpine, Texas.