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Big Bend Country

Big Bend Country

It’s rare that a region is called by its Prehistoric name as part of daily life. In West Texas, everyone refers to the Permian Basin–news and weather cover it; mattress stores and car dealers serve it; maps and tourism materials reference it. Making the geology and history part of banal life shows the respect and […]

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Cacti Make the Best Margaritas!

Cacti Make the Best Margaritas!

You know it was a good margarita when the next morning you wish you’d had another. Prickly Pear on the rocks, no salt. Thank you Texas, for this divine treat. Exploring the desert of West Texas, the bounty of cactus varieties and beauty has been stop-worthy. I’ve pulled over to the side of the road, […]

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What’s a Half-Baked Volcano?

What’s a Half-Baked Volcano?

As it turns out, volcanoes can rock the Earth and change the landscape, yet never spew lava. Such is the case with Big Bend National Park in Texas, and they half-jokingly call it a half-baked volcano. The Little Volcano that Couldn’t Think of Mont St. Helens–a lot of ash, a lot of activity, but not […]

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No News is Good News?

We’re taking a forced blog hiatus–terrible internet connection ruins the day. It took 20 minutes just to load this page–forget about adding photos and saving versions. There’s certainly no Starbucks in town, maaaybe a McDonalds, so I’ll see if I can find a place to post while here for the week. If not, life goes […]

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Indians Came Up with the Name “Buffalo Soldier”

Indians Came Up with the Name “Buffalo Soldier”

Interesting and ironic: the Native Americans named black men in the U.S. military “buffalo soldiers.” It was a commentary on their hair, which reminded the Indians of a buffalo’s coat. But the name took, not really in a good way, and all regiments of blacks in the military were called Buffalo Soldiers for far too […]

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