Goldenrod In the Bend

Charlie, northern exposures

The Big Bend, Texas photographed by my brother Mark

Big Bend National Park.

There is a national park back in Texas known as Big Bend. I’m planning a future series of posts about it to be written by my son Chris and my brother Mark who took the photograph above. For, now, here is a taste. The Bend encompasses fifteen hundred square miles of the Chihuahuan desert cradled in the bend of the Rio Grande River that separates Texas from Mexico. It stands 1800 feet above sea level along the river. In its center lie the Chisos Mountains, towering 6000 feet higher. There you will find rattlesnakes and panthers and austere beauty.

And now, just for fun, what exactly is the difference between Texas and Alaska?

Size. Texas: 268000 square miles / Alaska: 663,000 square mile (Texas claims to be big / Alaska simply is)

Population. Texas: 26,000,000 / Alaska: 723,000

Current evening temperature. Texas 48 degrees F / Alaska 41 degrees F.

Tomorrow’s temperature. Texas 90 degrees F. Alaska 48 degrees F.

Poisonous snakes. Texas: rattlesnake, copperhead, cottonmouth / Alaska: none

Mosquitoes. Texas: pesky / Alaska: man-eaters

Proven crude oil reserves. Texas: 5.5 billion barrels / Alaska 3.5 billion barrels

Gold production. Texas: enough to make you poor (none but legend) / Alaska: enough to makeΒ  you rich (800,000 troy ounces per year)

Grizzly bears. Texas: the only one ever seen in the state was murdered in 1900 / Alaska: 30,000 just coming out of hibernation lean and hungry

Mahsi’ Choo

(thank you for visiting)


11 thoughts on “Goldenrod In the Bend

    1. Hi there, maenamor! Still don’t know if I should stop calling you that. I’ll pass along the compliment to my brother who took the photograph. Always good to hear from you.

  1. A good post, and seems a very beautiful place, Dave! The yellow flower exists in gardens in Norway, not in the wild. And no rattlesnakes here either (thankgod), only a viper but not in my region.. But we have mosquitos, oil and an occational brown bear..

  2. What a stunning photo Dave! Love the list of difference between Texas and Alaska and the last one sounds a bit scary..heheh but it’s great to hear that there are so many bears left. I for one would love to take a picture of one. πŸ™‚
    I once said to my hubby I would love to move to Alaska. Why? Not because I love the cold for sure…cold weather is tough on my fibro but because it’s so far away and more isolated…much more isolated. Not so many people. πŸ™‚
    Thanks for another lovely post. πŸ™‚

    1. I appreciate your gracious words, Sonel. You see, you just have to find a place to live on the roads, then your okay! So, now that you know the secret, come on over and we’ll be neighbors. πŸ™‚ Sorry to hear you have fibro. My wife has had it although it doesn’t seem to bother her as much as it used to.

      1. Now that is good to hear Dave. I am sure I will find a great road to live on..heheh.
        Well, it seems the cold weather there then helps for the fibro. Another plus point for Alaska. πŸ™‚

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