The last Sunday of the year is also the last game of the season for my Pittsburgh Steelers - but Bill's Cowboys are heading to the playoffs so it isn't all sad faces. The afternoon also brings us a couple hours of cold rain.
Monday is bright and sunny, but not warm. A perfect day to explore the rest of the national park. It's a fun day of fossils, daggers and stunning peaks.
We start the day at the same place we have every morning since we arrived - the single gas station in the area! There's always a line, but it moves quickly. You really need to fill-up before heading in any direction.
|Down the road from our place is this amazing longhorn.|
|How does he hold his head up???|
|The self-sustaining building houses numerous casts of fossils and dinosaur bones found nearby.|
|He looks so happy!|
|One of the largest triceratops (cast completed with pieces found in a riverbed inside the park) ever discovered.|
|Lots and lots of daggers.|
|The thinner, serrated edges of the sotol in front of the wider, smoother yucca.|
|We've driven through an ocotillo forest, a yucca forest, and now pines and hard woods!|
|We find a quiet spot with no other people, and just quietly enjoy this incredible view.|
On the way home we take a final road to Grapevine Hills. Several cars have parked in a cleared area, but we continue to the end where the rugged tent sites are all closed.
|Are you coming?|
|Built in the 1930's, the theater spent many roofless years after it was closed in the 1950's. The beautifully restored interior still shows signs of those "rough" times.|
|The porch is great for people watching before dinner.|
|Note the "not quite restored ceiling" over the bar.|
|A local specialty - the Sotol Margaritas (several of them) are fantastic!|
|DB Rouse entertains us from the large stage.|
|Scrumptious pork medallions.|
|Clay Henry the beer drinking goat who "served" as mayor for a few years. We sat with him when we moved from our table to the floor seating to enjoy the music.|
|One of Clay's deputies.|
|With clever kazoo-tunes like "Love is a Mexican Wrestling Match and I'm Gonna Win", and "Valentines Day at the Pawn Shop" how could we not have a wonderful New Years Eve!!|
We're so glad that Laurel (Raven and Chickadee) shared their fun times in this area, and that we decided to check it out!! I highly recommend Terlingua as the perfect place to enjoy the Big Bend area.
As 2019 begins, we'll head northwest to our coldest stop yet.