Our stay here is short so we planned each day to take full advantage of the time. The first day would be spent looking around the Lajitas property and then taking a ride down the scenic Camino Del Rio River (TX 170) Road west toward Presidio.
Our first day started with a tour of the Lajitas property, including the golf course, hotel and restaurant areas.
|Ernie and Pam at Black Jack's Crossing Pro Shop. |
Yep, that's our Lajitas mountain top in the background.
|Pam in the Black Jack pro shop.|
|First time I've seen a Texas longhorn steer in a pro shop.|
|The Ivey House (circa 1946)|
|View of the mountain range from Black Jack pro shop parking lot.|
|In the hotel lobby.|
Once again, the image of the mountain of Lajitas
Lajitas is Spanish for "little flat rocks" referring to the Boquilias limestone found here.
|In the hotel lobby.|
|An authentic photograph taken on the hotel steps.|
By 1900, Lajitas was a substation port of entry and the most important U.S. - Mexico crossing between Del Rio and El Paso, Texas. (This border crossing wasn't closed until after the attacks of 9/11.)
In early 1916, U.S. President Woodrow Wilson sent General "Black Jack" Pershing to this area to capture (dead or alive) Mexican bandit, Pancho Villa after Villa made two bloody raids here. Pershing and a force of 12,000 soldiers scoured the territory and made several close calls, but could not locate Villa. In a famous telegram, Pershing cabled President Wilson that "Villa is everywhere, but Villa is no where." In February 1917, President Wilson summoned the soldiers home.
What a thrilling place!
|At the Lajitas Infirmary|
- Lajitas is in Brewster County, the largest county in all of Texas.
- Brewster County has no traffic lights.
- Brewster has the lowest population in all of Texas.
|Another view of the ever present Lajitas mountain. It's everywhere we look!|
This time, with the Texas flag in the foreground.
|Ernie (Roy Rogers), Pam (Dale Evans) and their Jeep, Nellie Belle|
|Left of the river, Mexico.|
Right of the river, U.S.A.
|He and me.|
|Pam trying her luck at picking a prickly pear... cactus.|
|This is where we actually put our feet into the Rio Grande. But alas! we did not cross it.|
|I told them I'd turn them in as illegals. What's that? You don't have your passports?|
|Running Javelina - two adults, one baby|
|Our friend, the Javelina.|
We made it as far as Redford, Texas but turned around about 16 miles outside Presidio -- just after our second animal sighting: two horses and a donkey running down the road.
|On the other side of the Rio Grande we can see Mexican agriculture.|
|Getting late in the afternoon.|
On our way back to Lajitas, we passed the location of a movie set used ten to twelve years ago. Wayne and I had stopped here in our our travel of this area in December 2010 and I wrote a post about it. Sadly, at least two of the movie set buildings have been demolished. We took a couple of pictures of the remaining building.