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. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Crossing to Boquillas, Coahuila, Mexico

In the days before 9/11, Big Bend residents and visitors alike used to enjoy the ease of entering Mexico without passports or customs formalities. This was possible at three places, all in or near the Big Bend National Park (Boquillas, Santa Elena and Lajitas). I wrote a book about this in 2000, “Mexico: Unofficial Border […]

Big Bend, Texas Step-On Guide

BIG BEND & DAVIS MOUNTAINS   Step-On Guide   This is Jim Glendinning in Alpine, Texas. I have lived in this wonderful place for 18 years, engaged in tourism and writing. I have written the following books about the area: From Big Bend to Carlsbad (1995); Unofficial Border Crossings (2000); Adventures in the Big Bend […]