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  •  Great memories of 4 days canoeing the lower (6+ / 0-)

    canyons of the Rio Grande in Big Bend. We did a self-guided trip in the late 80s, and it was spectacular. There's nothing like a river in a desert.

    Back then we had no problem landing on either shore---both the U.S. side and the Mexican side---there wasn't anybody to stop us.

    I haven't been back since, but I would bet the militarization of the border (by the U.S) would dramatically change the experience.

    Resist much, obey little. ~~Edward Abbey, via Walt Whitman

    by willyr on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 02:49:18 PM PDT

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    •  Sadly so (7+ / 0-)

      It's rough on people who live in remote areas along the Rio. Traditionally there's been one barber for small border towns on both sides, one seamstress, one dentist maybe. And there tends to be family on both sides, too. Many of the small crossings have been closed, making life much more difficult.

      There are still outfitter river trips; perhaps the private ones are curtailed. I don't know. I've never been on a river trip there, but I did camp deep in a Texas wildlife (hunting) area downstream from the Park. Called out "hello" to some canoeists from the shore; they damn near capsized out of sheer surprise.

      Mark Twain: It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know for sure that just ain't so.

      by Land of Enchantment on Tue Oct 15, 2013 at 02:53:57 PM PDT

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