Life on the Open Road (April 2006 - May 2008)

The continuing saga of a single fulltime RVer who travels the western US. This is part one of my journey, from April 2006, when the blog started, to May 2008, when the blog continues at

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I have been a full-time RVer for 18 years, primarily "boondocking," camping free without hookups, in the Western US. I am connected electronically with the world via satellite TV, phone and internet. My batteries are charged solely by solar panels. I welcome your comments and emails.

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

On the Road to Big Bend

Alpine was a nice little town on the way south. Clearly a little too mathematical, though...

My first view of the Rio Grande in Texas, from the top of the "Big Hill," with Mexico on the other side. I kept looking for swimmers, but didn't see any.

Although short, the drive down the "Big Hill" is a scary 15% grade.

This movie set along the river was built in 1931 for the movie "Contrabando." For a 360 degree view, click here.

It was also used in the two Larry McMurtry TV mini-series, "Streets of Laredo" and "Dead Man's Walk."

The Terlingua cemetery dates back to the early 1900s when Terlingua became a flourishing mercury mining town. It's filled with wooden crosses marking the graves of people killed in mining accidents and the worldwide 1918 influenza epidemic.


Blogger Barbara and Ron said...

The sign is a RIOT! And so is your comment about Alpine.

How sad - all those wooden crosses in Terlingua.

7:32 PM  
Blogger sally said...

Be careful down there!!

Mining accidents? How about Mercury poisoning??

7:36 PM  
Blogger Wandrin said...

A photo of that Alpine math sign is in my collection some place. Makes the statistics interesting.

Appears you missed the Marfa lights?

Now you are headed to one of my favorite places -- Big Bend country. Looking forward to your posts from the area.

8:59 PM  
Anonymous corrie said...

Alpine sounds like Brian's kind of town.

I guess there's no where to hide once the flu starts. Everybody get your flu stots! However, they missed the strains this year so the flu shot didn't cover the circulating strains. Hopefully they'll get it right next year.

10:57 AM  

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