The River Road, with its most scenic and beautiful views in the state, runs between Presidio and Terlingua. It is therefore neatly sandwiched between Fort Leaton State Historic Site and the Barton Warnock Environmental Education Center. I'll show you the River Road in the next post, but for now I'm showing you the parentheses.
The most valuable thing I learned at Fort Leaton was that adobe structures are beautifully suited for the desert. I've said it a billion times, but it bears repeating: Yes, it gets to be 100 degrees in the afternoon, but you get in the right structure and you'll never know. It was magnificent in this structure.
A spindly cactus that was unique to the area proved popular for shading an area--not just at Fort Leaton, but on privately owned structures too. I think the shadows it casts are something.
This is one of my favorite pictures. It's of the bakery in Fort Leaton, and the light's hitting things perfectly.
This particular room used to be a dining room, but after someone was murdered in there the widow had it turned into a chapel. Why can't my icon corner look this nice?
Some rooms were left un-refurbished, which was pretty cool to see. Those rooms were also remarkably warmer than the fixed-up ones.
Now here we are at Barton Warnock. It has a museum that talks about the geological, botanical, and ... uh ... animalical diversity of the region; a display of artifacts from the area; and a desert botanical garden. This picture is of the center, garden, and a mountain from atop the scenic overlook.
It was hard to want to climb down from the scenic overlook--every direction you looked in had mountains are far as the eye could see. This picture can't even pretend to do justice to what was up there.
I'm growing tired of putting pictures up (it's a bit of a pain), so I'm quitting for the evening. Tomorrow, I'll start with the most beautiful pictures of the whole trip: the River Road and Big Bend Ranch State Park.