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    A Gentleman's Travel Notes.
    Buzzard Roost, San Felipe, Seminole Canyon.
    Breaking away from the highway tangle that defines the urban landscape, I'm in the open on the state road 150 miles to the Rio Grande. At each dip in the road I look for the sign, some arroyo, creek or just a slough. From the rises I see the brushland extends unbroken to the horizon. Hardly any grass or understory. The bare plants have names like guajillo, blackbrush acacia, ceniza, and shrubby bluesage. I don't know them and I'm relieved later on to see black mesquite and an occasional live oak by the roadside. (From San Felipe del Rio, Jan 18, 2009, A Gentleman's Travel Notes.)   CLICK & GO!  (On this page.)   San Felipe del Rio, Jan 18, 2009    Mexico, a few facts.    Texas, a few facts.    (On the next page.)   Buzzard Roost, San Felipe, Seminole Canyon. Jan'09   Quinceanera, Flea Market, Blackbrush. Feb'09   Eagle Pass, Box Canyon. Feb'09   Big Bend National Park. March'09     
    (PHOTO ESSAY: Buzzard Roost, San Felipe, Seminole Canyon. Scroll down. Click on image for full size.)
    Murray, Iza and Martin . . .
    . . . at 26 W Pierrepont . . .
    . . . and 28 W Rutherford NJ Home Sweet Home '82-'87
    Gibralter (?)
    for George and Martin
    Full service
    and kitchen
    at Buzzard Roost RV Park Del Rio TX
    Charlene & Joe following work from San Antonio
    Dan vet retired from Dodge City KS
    Martin and George
    OK (Not)
    George's backyard
    with Prickly Pear cactus
    and room to play.
    HEB supersupermarket
    Always has everything
    For building and fixing.
    Ratana the gentle landlord.
    Saloon for
    drinks and free food.
    Seminole Canyon
    Open space
    with cactus leaf
    and fruit
    Prickly Pear
    for for Native Americans
    Seminole Indian drawings
    Cabez de Vacas
    Made friends with the natives
    in theTexas plains.
    Desert food, the pear . . .
    . . . or tuna in the Summer.
    San Felipe del Rio

    Prickly Pear Cactus. Breaking away from the highway tangle that defines the urban landscape, I'm in the open on the state road 150 miles to the Rio Grande. At each dip in the road I look for the sign, some arroyo, creek or just a slough. From the rises I see the brushland extends unbroken to the horizon. Hardly any grass or understory. The bare plants have names like guajillo, blackbrush acacia, ceniza, and shrubby bluesage. I don't know them and I'm relieved later on to see black mesquite and an occasional live oak by the roadside.

    Desert brush A shipwrecked Spaniard journeyed through these parts many years ago. The native population he encountered was so varied he named them by their food supply which interested him greatly. Fig people thrived in the summer on the tuna or pear of the prickly cactus. Other times they dug for roots or ventured out for oysters. Hunters lived on deer and smaller game, or traveled to the unknown for bison. Vacas, with two sailors and a Negro, the only surviving members of his party, lived with these peoples as slave, healer or trader in a series of mutually beneficial relations that lasted seven years. With their help he was able to make it all the way to the Pacific and then south to Mexico. He didn't like what he found there and he was unrecognizaeable to his own countrymen. He wrote about his experiences for the King and was given the post as Governor of Paraguay. He later lost the job, advocating liberal treatment of the Indians, which angered the landowners.

    When I see them at the restaurant from across the room they seem farther away and I think the distance will not be measured by ordinary means, as it increases when they're close up in speech. The man at the table is solid under a billcap with a religious motif. The woman is in black and heavy makeup while she peels back the tortilla and adds sauce. His is cocacola and hers a dietcoke. Someone stands by the table exchanging information with them while waiting for his takeout. I watch this 15 minutes hoping to get the lingo. The patron seems to be inquiring about my meal and I join my thumb and forefinger raising my arm in a sign that matches his.

    The road sign points to a downtown of jumble streets and toothless storefronts, an artscenter in a 20's movie house and law offices in varied architecture with bilingual signs in front. The traffic heads north along a fivemile strip with big shopping, chain hotels, ruined structures and empty lots running east and west that tell the story of quick development here.

    I pull off the highway on the way back from shopping. I pick the first road on the right and on the next impulse an opening in the fence into an empty shrub lot with pipes and equipment some of it on poles overhead. It's five in the afternoon so I turn the car around to face the sun and sit. Spots chosen with such careful attention to accident are the most memorable. Later when I look out my eyes are just a few feet from a grey dove on a branch. I watch for a long time.

    Alert now for this bird I listen for its pigeon coo. One of them on a high wire this morning is joined by another. The second after a while lowers its head way down then raises it back up again, repeating this bowing motion several times. With the head down its figure is larger for the back feathers in a vertical display. After a moment they're off in a chase.

    Del Rio TX Jan 28, 2009

    Mexico is a country in North America and the largest Spanish-speaking country in the world. It also has the largest number of American Indian language speakers on the continent (the majority speaking Nahuatl, Mayan, Mixtec and Zapotec). Human presence in Mexico has been shown to date back 40,000 years based upon ancient human footprints discovered in the Valley of Mexico [1] (previous evidence substantiated indigenous inhabitants at 12,500 years ago). For thousands of years, Mexico was a land of hunter-gatherers. Around 9,000 years ago, ancient Mexicans domesticated corn and initiated an agricultural revolution, leading to the formation of many complex civilizations. These civilizations revolved around cities with writing, monumental architecture, astronomical studies, mathematics, and militaries. After 4,000 years, these civilizations were destroyed with the arrival of the Spaniards in 1519. For three centuries, Mexico was colonized by Spain, during which time the majority of its indigenous population died off. Formal independence from Spain was recognized in 1821. France then invaded Mexico in 1864 and ruled briefly until 1867. A war with the United States ended with Mexico losing almost half of its territory in 1848 and the Mexican Revolution would later result in the death of 10% of the nation's population. Since then, Mexico as a nation-state has struggled with reconciling its deeply-entrenched indigenous heritage with the demands of the modern Western cultural model imposed in 1519. The nation's name is derived from the Mexican civilization (known in popular culture as the Aztecs).
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    The history of Texas (as part of the United States) began in 1845, but settlement of the region dates back to the end of the Upper Paleolithic Period, around 10,000 BC. Its history has been shaped by being part of six independent countries: Spain, France, Mexico, the Republic of Texas, the Confederate States of America, and the United States of America. Starting in the 1820s, American and European immigrants began arriving in the area; joined by Hispanic Tejanos they revolted against Mexico in 1836 and defeated an invasion army. After a decade as an independent country, Texas joined the Union (the United States) in 1845. The western frontier state was characterized by large-scale cattle ranching and cotton farming. In the 20th century, it grew rapidly, becoming the second largest state in population 1994, and became economically highly diversified, with a growing base in high technology. The state has been shaped by the interactions of Southern, Tejano, Native American, African American, and German Texan cultures.
    More about Texas including French Texas, Mexican Texas, and Republic of Texas at

    Cactus Flowers.

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