Amistad National Recreation Area looks like it's a really interesting place, but we didn't get to see the good parts. They're only accessible by water. (We brought bikes, not a boat.) If we can’t drive or walk, we need more than a paddle.
Amistad means friendship in Spanish. The lake just outside Del Rio, Texas, was created by Amistad Dam and is operated by both the US and Mexico. On the edge of the Chihuahuan Desert, the lake flooded canyons on the Rio Grande, Pecos and Devils Rivers. As expected in Texas border country, there’s a big Border Patrol presence. And since Texas has been in a drought for 3 years, the water level is waaaaay down.
|This is why it's called Panther Cave|
One of the rangers suggested we hike a nearby trail. He said we’d see deer (and we did—high-tailing it away from us when they heard us clomping through the rocky trail) and listed a bunch of water birds we might see. Since the trail doesn't go anywhere near the lake anymore, we didn't see the birds. Well, a few ravens, and something little and brown...