Our last stop after Big Bend was to be Balmorhea State Park with its 74-degree spring fed swimming pool covering 1.3 acres. Our drive began in sunshine. One hour later we were engulfed in a smelly dark mist. Scrapping the swim, we drove towards Guadalupe National Park, entering yet another tsunami of fog. It was not a storm but rather a wavy air mass laden with stinging sulfate particles from industrial sites south and west of Texas. A posted sign at Guadalupe explained this unpleasant condition, adding that it endorsed The Clean Air Act.
We returned to El Paso, picking up meaty burritos washed down by strawberry drinks at the Hispanic Vista grocery store. Next morning we boarded the Greyhound Bus, bound for Albuquerque, where we connected with the Southwest Chief going to Chicago. I could check Big Bend and southwest Texas off my long bucket list, but not for the last time.
Sandy Urgo is a May Township resident. This is the last in a five-part travel log of her journey to Texas earlier this year.