Thursday, August 17, 2006

1997 Texas Vacation Continued

In a previous post, I highlighted a small part of the Texas Hill Country. This post will cover a few odds and ends from May 1997 before arriving at Big Bend National Park at the bottom of Texas.

This is part of the site of the San José Mission founded in 1720. This is now a part of the San Antonio Missions National Historic Park. If you are passing through San Antonio, it is worth a visit.

This is the Pecos River as viewed from along Route 90 near the U.S. border with Mexico. The depth of the river canyon was impressive.

Another view of the Pecos River

Here is an impressive Yucca plant that I saw along Route 90 near Marathon, Texas.


Abandoned in Pasadena said...

Tim...I love stopping to look at Missions, they're always so beautiful as the one in your picture is.

I am always so amazed at the different kinds of plants that grow out west and I take oodles of pictures of them. Mine don't ever come out as good as yours do, but I didn't have a digital camera then (excuses, excuses)...I'll have to dig out some of my pictures.

And do I remember Pecos...
Pecos, Texas was the town that I sat on chewing gum on a toilet. Stupid me, I had to really go, but didn't bother to look at the toilet seat before sitting down. And to boot, I didn't notice the wad of gum on my butt until I went out into the hot sun. What a mess it was all gummy & sticky and now stuck in my underpants as well as on my butt. Oh, yes...I'll never forget Pecos.

Sandy :)

San Nakji said...

I love historic buildings! I think Texas and the surrounds must be a good place to see those kinds of thing.

Murf said...

Thanks for reminding me that I need to catch up on your archives this weekend. :-)

Cergie said...

USA is a continent as wide as Europe ,Texas in the West part and you are living in the East part. That does a great difference, I mean.
The bridge, beautiful metalwork building ! Perhaps for trains ?
I have one yucca in my garden, flowering white. Amazing how these plants can survive even in cold country.

Bobby said...

I love that Pecos River from along Route 90 shot.

Ed Abbey said...

I think the reason there are so many pictures of places in Texas compared to say Iowa, is that it takes so long to drive across Texas that you are forced to stop and rest the hind end now and then. While you are up and looking about, you might as well take a few pictures.

Loved them.

Paige said...

We were just there in Pecos a couple of weeks ago. My first time there. Great folks at the Judge's Museum. Hope you liked Texas. Y'all come back naw, ya heaar!

You to gummy

Minka said...

Woe. America is just so different sometimes than Europe. I wouldnæt mind seeing those river-canyons with my own eyes!

Carmel said...

Oh wow those photos are just so beautiful, I have never been to anything like that!

Tim Rice said...

Hi, sandy. Thanks for your comments and appreciation. It gives me much joy. As for type of camera, I didn't have a digital camera back then; but it was a decent film SLR. And maybe Pecos was a bit annoying for you; but at least it gave you a story to tell. ;)

Hi, san nakji. Glad to see you again. I hope you had a great vacation. Texas does have its historic buildings at places but it doesn't have a monopoly on them.

Hi, murf. Hope you have a great time browsing my archives. I am honored.

Hi, cergie. You are right that the U.S. consists of a large land mass with widely differing landscapes and natural habitats. The bridge might have been a train bridge; but I don't rightly recall as that was back in May 1997. And the yucca is an amazing and gorgeous plant.

Thanks, bobby. Of the two Pecos River pictures, I think I like your favorite the best, too.

Hi, ed abbey. You might have a point about the largeness of Texas resulting in more pictures simply due to car drivers needing rest stops. I've never been to Iowa. Are there nature attractions that you would particularly recommend there for people to visit? Glad you enjoyed the pics.

Hi, paige. Texas does have a lot to see and enjoy especially in April and May if one is a nature lover.

Hi, minka. I think just about every part of the world has a lot to see. But America does have great variety.

Hi, carmel. Glad you enjoyed my photos. There is much in America and elsewhere to see - more than I'll be able to traverse in a lifetime.

Kevin Stilley said...

Ah, the last picture is the one that caught my attention. Not just because of its austere beauty, but because of its location. It reminds me of the time my wife and I were coming through Marathon and switched drivers. I gave her the wheel and laid back to take a nap. I woke up almost two hour later to discover that within one block of us changing drivers she got on the wrong road. She had driven nearly two hours the wrong direction, then we had to backtrack for almost two hours. That was perhaps not the best spent 4 hours of my life. But, you never can tell. I believe there is often a greater purpose behind such seemingly silly events.

Tim Rice said...

Hi, kevin stilley. Interesting how my photos can bring back such memories. A four hour delay like that must have been frustrating at the time. Yet as you say, who knows how much Divine Providence may have been involved in that?

Ginnie said...

I like to stop at missions, too, and find them to be refreshingly different from the big European cathedrals. While I like those big cathedrals, I become more contemplative with the "simpler" look of the missons. "Go west, young man" seems apropos here :)

Ed Abbey said...

Well as far as attractions in Iowa to photograph, they are everywhere, especially along the many river vallies and hills of SE Iowa. But we really don't have many that are famous to be known by those from other states. Perhaps the "American Gothic" house in the painting by Grant Wood. I live about fifteen miles from it.

Tim Rice said...

Hi, ginnie. There is much to be said for the beauty of simplicity and it's spiritual ministry.

Hi, ed abbey. Should I do a Western vacation sometime, maybe I'll have to make a point of stopping in Iowa. Thanks for your response.