January 4th, 2011
7:29am departed Prude Ranch
7:52am Saw a herd of Elk which were reintroduced in the 1980’s. Looks like their doing just fine.
9:20 Viewing beautiful Chisos mountains Occitillo plants are abundant
On the drive we saw majestic columnar basalts. (My iPhone didn’t do them justice)
9:53 sparking reflections of Gypsum all over
It was a little chilly starting this hike up over a embankment into a canyon carved by the Rio Grande. On the way a fellow student’s much keener eye spotted a prime example of a conglomerate
which is pictured here.
Extensive irrigation use and damning of the Rio Grande has really sapped the flow of the Rio Grande. However, the evidence of the once much more powerful river is all around and it is not difficult to picture it twice is far across or more. Quite a grand river for sure.
As we reached the river a voice singing in Spanish echoed off the canyon walls. In the middle of the path was a cup and a rock that read,
“Donations for the singing Mexican. Victor” under the name Victor was the name Jesus crossed out.
Victor was perched on the Mexico side of the river singing load enough to echo all through the canyon. It struck me that Victor was really demonstrating true musicianship there on the canyon bluff. I’ve heard a ton of refined music in concert halls, recital halls, practice rooms, and restaurants and some of it is very powerful, wonderful music. However, Victor had something raw that often is missing in the music that surrounds us almost 24/7.
Audio clips from the canyon: