trains over, ii

Hey, was the San Anto ticket-taker the model for this Alpine Amtrak art?

So helpful… But train is headed the wrong way. (Detail of mural at Alpine station.)

They say this 300-foot crossing over the Pecos River is the highest railroad bridge in the country. Could that be right?

[Late Addition: Analysis? Apart from general boarding confusion, the A/C dropping out of one car, little marked cards they hang over your seats, and everybody walking like drunk sailors as we chugged along (actually, that was the fun part), my daughter and i agreed the train simply rocks. I have absolutely idled on runways for longer periods than our hour delay pulling in to San Anto. It’s my new travel form.]

Meanwhile, I just missed this remote Border Wall protest down in Big Bend National Park.

So maybe the ‘hands-across’ thing wouldn’t have worked here, but these hearts rise and stretch for miles…

“Friendship to Hope Vigil” at Santa Elena Canyon on June 1. Terlingua community organizer, Adrienne Evans said, “Along with people in Brownsville and San Diego, we gathered to show support for people on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border who are suffering because of a border wall.”

Also, those of you with a love of burros may want to sign on for the non-bulleted Burro Roundup:

The Texas Burro Rescue (a division of Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue) needs Volunteers for the October Burro Round-Up. TBR will be conducting a burro round-up in the Big Bend Ranch State Park. Volunteers are needed to handle the traps, hike the canyons and help load the burros. No experience necessary, on-site training provided. Must be in good physical condition! There are no emergency services. Please sign up with Rachael Komulainen at to volunteer or if you would like to be added to the project list.

All volunteers must agree to abide by The Peaceful Valley Code of Conduct and obey the direction of the Peaceful Valley Staff. Items needed for the round up: Backpackers with their own equipment. Travel Trailers Corral Panels Horse Trailers Sun Shades Water Coolers Plastic Net Fencing All media is encouraged to attend the October Round Up.

Contact Mark Meyers for more information. PVDR/TBR asks that their supporters remind the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department that the Burro Capture Program will not be completed overnight. The burros have been established in this region for hundreds of years. It will take more than a few weeks to safely and efficiently remove them. Thanks for your continued support of this huge endeavor to save these wild burros!


Image at Santa Elena is courtesy of Butch Hancock.

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