Laetitia and her group started the day at Big Bend National Park, on the border between Texas and Mexico. The park is very large and has mountain, desert, and river environments. The park website has a section entitled “How Not to Die in the Desert,” so Laetitia decided to do a tour of the park by van rather than hiking. After the tour, the group drove north to Big Lake, where they were spending the evening.
Big Lake, Texas, is named after a large lakebed more than 1,000 acres in area that is dry except when there are heavy rains. It is a small city with slightly fewer than 3,000 residents and an economy based on agriculture and petroleum. Some gossip overheard on their walkabout through Big Lake provided the limerick of the day.
A Texas cowboy named Big Jake
Soon found he had made a mistake
In gadding about
‘Til his wife threw him out
Now he sleeps in the park at Big Lake.