PRESIDIO / OJINAGA   




PRESIDIO / OJINAGA


Leaving the Big Bend National Park and heading west on Route 170, one encounters more open acreage in the Big Bend Ranch State Park and the southern side of the river in Mexico.

Though dry and uninviting, the scenery is mesmerizingly beautiful. Few human beings live in the area, but Border Patrol officers are everywhere.

We were stopped at one Border Patrol roadblock near Presidio and one of the officers pointed to our Texas map and asked, "What's that map for? ... Where are you going?"

With the belief that two law-abiding citizens far from the border shouldn't have to explain what they're doing, why they have maps, or where they're going, I replied, "Anywhere we please." Hope quickly took over the conversation from there!