Having lived in the high desert for over two decades, there’s romantic appeal to be surrounded by what’s also termed “high lonesome”, then to travel out into it.
The good, the bad; the feel to the air, the blight many do to the land. Truly, the last frontier.
The few towns in the Big Bend region give context to the miles between and beyond them; I picked even fewer and another place that may as well be a town.
Van Horn TX (4,042′ elev) –
As I write this, our monsoon season is bringing El Paso some soaking rains, then the scent of creosote bush and a warm wind. Quite a contrast from dry May and June of 2014, especially to our east.
Alpine TX (4,475′ elev) –
Sorry Marathon, Marfa, Fort Davis, Sanderson, and Shafter – another time. Even Pinto Canyon Road (I have your number, Gary N.).
Chisos Basin (5,400′ elev) –
Once again, I’m hearing many of those thrashers around where I live and on the trails. Quite a unique call!
Lobo TX (4,010′ elev) –
A soundtrack to read this post by – here.