Texans love the prickly wilds of Big Bend National Park, where a sky island of mountains rises from a vast desert floor, and everything looks straight out of a John Wayne Western.
After driving solo seven hours from Fort Worth to Marathon in West Texas, I was ready for my head to hit the pillow.
Named for the strong, burly buffalo that roamed the land, the U.S. Army’s first Black enlisted soldiers left a legacy of perseverance and valor in the swath of territory they served, from Alaska, Hawaii, and the Philippines to almost every state and territory west of the Mississippi River.
In 1680, after nearly a century of persecution and maltreatment from Spanish colonizers, the Pueblo Indians besieged Santa Fe and successfully expelled their oppressors from New Mexico for 12 years.
Approximately 150 million years ago, a toothy marine reptile swam through the Texas seas. When it died, it drifted to the bottom, where scavengers feasted and silt covered its bones.
Growing up, Christina Hernandez spent the summer with her grandparents in the West Texas border town of Presidio, 60 miles south of Marfa.
Tracing the ancient roads established by the Comanche tribe led travelers to this West Texas town and its namesake spring.
Among the many things bringing El Pasoans together these days, nature is hardly one of them.