Bicycle Tourist Plus

Getting off an Amtrak train in Alpine recently, together with his trusty bike, was Filip Sokol (67), cyclist extraordinaire, who is unafraid of solo journeys through Mexico (or anywhere else). Sokol’s home is in Boulder, CO but he knows the Big Bend area from when he worked for Outward Bound in Redford in the 1970s. […]

Anna Badkhen, from Russia to Boquillas

Pictured on August 23, 2014 outside the Park Bar in Boquillas, Mexico is war reporter, author and adventurer, Anna Badkhen.  She had just given book readings in Marfa and Alpine, highlighting her most recent book: The World is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village. Rory Stewart, author of the popular The Places in Between, […]

Legendary Locals Of The Big Bend

  I have just finished a new book, Legendary Locals of the Big Bend and Davis Mountains, published July 2, 2013, ahead of schedule. It is a popular history book containing 145 pictures of individuals from this region, from the earliest days to contemporary times, with an accompanying text describing their achievements.  In some ways, […]

Overnight under a full moon on the South Rim of Big Bend National Park

“You can more or less take your pick of campsites”, said Interpretive Park Ranger Jennette Jurado at Panther Junction park headquarters, when I checked in to book a primitive campsite in the High Chisos. It was 4 pm on a Saturday. I had travelled 117 miles from Alpine, and I reckoned I would need up […]

Las Vegas on the Cheap

    The first time I went to Las Vegas was in 1966. Flying from Los Angeles to New York, I broke the trip in Las Vegas for a long evening. Dazzled by the glitter of the place, even then, I had a fine time drinking, wandering around, and losing a little money before catching […]

Mexico – Boquillas Crossing Reopens

The changes at Boquillas Crossing are immediately apparent as soon as you turn off the paved road leading to Boquillas Canyon: a gate with scrolled metal lettering saying “Boquillas Crossing”, a wide, freshly graded road and, a little further on, some parking spots outside a brand new building. This is the self-service, remote-control U.S. Immigration […]

Viva El Paso!

     © Downtown El Paso at dusk Encouraged by an article by local historian  Lonn Taylor in the Big Bend Sentinel I took off to check for myself. El Paso always seems busy, thanks to Interstate 10 running straight through downtown. The economy is growing, if slowly, helped by the presence of a 32,000 […]

Group of Snowbirds tour Big Bend What it’s like to be their guide

                Spring Break 2013 is almost over, and statistics show that we have had plenty of visitors this year, helped by the strong showing of wild flowers. But what has it been like for those residents who cater to the visitors? I work on demand as a step-on […]

Amtrak – a good ride! Megabus – a newcomer!

AMTRAK – a good ride! The Sunset Limited pulls into Alpine station Alpine is served three times weekly by Amtrak’s  Sunset Limited train. I recently took the train to and from Houston, an on-time and comfortable journey with a low ticket price. Changes to the schedule now means that you leave Alpine on Monday, Thursday […]

Travel Bargain 2013

  TRAVEL TIP for 2013  Take a trans-Atlantic Cruise  Sail from New Orleans in April 2013 to the following destinations: April 6  to Rome, 15 days, from $499  per person, sharing. April  21 to Dover, 13 days, from $669.  April 21 to Copenhagen, 16 days, from $599.    These are repositioning cruises. These ships are […]