Section 8: Fort Hancock to Presidio
One of the great things about being in the outdoors for a stretch is how appreciative it makes you of the small luxuries when you return to town. We were enormously grateful to be in Presidio and to take a bit of a break. It’s a small town but had everything we needed, although our hotel was just far enough away from anything that we had to carefully plan our ventures outside. Oh well. We had internet, snacks and a door - everything we needed!
After being out of service for almost two weeks there was plenty to catch up on with emails and the blog.
When we tried to find the business center at our hotel the very cool front desk woman asked if we would be willing to just take the computer back into our room. Uh, yeah?
We carried the giant iMac monitor and keyboard back and forth several times over the week and finally had time to blog in peace. We were also right on the edge of Big Bend and then almost 200 miles of remote river terrain. Tenny’s parents would be coming out to meet us, along with her friend Nikki, and would be supporting us by boat as we attempted to hike along the river’s edge. The logistics behind such a venture - food, equipment, shuttles, scheduling, etc - were overwhelming and we scrambled (Tenny especially) to get organized in a short amount of time. Once we left Presidio, we might not be able to contact anyone again until after we had to meet up.
Lots to figure out. Because the hotel was so far from anything we weren’t able to see as much of Presidio as we might have liked. It was a small town, smaller than we expected, and we’re surprised how far people who live out here are willing to go to get to “big town” amenities like a supermarket or clothing store. Only in Texas is a 4 hour drive just part of your day! Presidio does have a nice grocery store, a “Shopko” and a handful of small restaurants. It also has a fairly large Border Patrol headquarters, with something we haven’t seen yet: a residential campus. Small cookie cutter houses lined a small street, all seemingly set aside for Border Patrol agents and their families.
Maybe Presidio is too small to accommodate BP?
We had also learned from David and John that Presidio and Ojinaja are big manufacturers of modular mobile homes that arrive premade. Sure enough next to the BP headquarters was a lot filled with ready-made homes ready to be shipped out around the country.