Río Pecos

(Villanueva NM)
The Río Pecos appeared in several places along my journey. The first glimpse was in south Texas, flowing through a deep gorge. It was majestic.

River in a gorge

Río Pecos in southwest Texas

In some places, it was just a trickle, and perhaps not particularly scenic. Along its long journey, many villages have been sustained by its waters. Dams were created to form lakes that provided recreational opportunities. It was useful.

River viewed from atop ridge

Flowing past fields down below

Then, I got to see the river as it meandered peacefully along past verdant fields. And from atop a ridge, it gently flowed below the rocky crag. Later, I saw it pass by towering cliffs on its way into a canyon. It was serene.

Cliffs by the river

Into the canyon past cliffs

Behind my campsite, it rippled across the rocks with a soothing murmur. During the evening light, the surface glowed. I often sat by its edge just to listen and look. It was charming.

River and rocks

Streaming through the rocks

During that camp, at Villanueva State Park, I gained a deeper appreciation for the Río Pecos. It has provided much to many; and to me, it gave a peaceful respite. It nourished my spirit.

Evening light on the river

Twilight glow on the river

I’m glad I had the chance to experience that river again; and, to reflect on its wandering ways.

Camp: Villanueva SP-River CG
Scene: River, cliffs, rocks, trails

8 Responses to Río Pecos

  1. Bradford Harris November 22, 2014 at 12:57 pm #

    Wow! Those pictures were magnificent! I know what you mean about the area nourishing your spirit. Working in a city is toxic to my spirit but being near a stream or forest seems to restore the calm. Thanks for sharing the lovely photos!

    • Pleinguy November 22, 2014 at 4:50 pm #

      Being close to nature restores my primal connection with the land and brings me peace. Glad you liked the photos.

  2. Dragonfly November 22, 2014 at 6:42 pm #

    My favorite this post, twilight glow on the river.

    • Pleinguy November 22, 2014 at 7:14 pm #

      Thanks for saying so. That one is my favorite too.

  3. Gypsy November 22, 2014 at 9:23 pm #

    My happiest camping experiences involve water rushing over rocks and boulders nearby; I’d rather hear that sound than I would the ocean making waves. Great photos and narrative in today’s post.

    • Pleinguy November 22, 2014 at 9:28 pm #

      Thank you Gypsy for those kind words. I too prefer the babbling brook.

  4. dawn on camano island December 2, 2014 at 4:33 am #

    Love the twilight photo too. Like seeing the cactus in such a verdant area–as a life-long Northwesterner, it seems incongruous that cactus would grow in green areas.

    • Pleinguy December 2, 2014 at 9:58 am #

      Glad you liked the pic. Cactus, as most plants, like the moisture too. However, these were on top of a ridge far from the water source.

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