One of our days off we drove northwest the fifty or so miles to Falcon State Park. The park itself is at the southern end of the 60 mile long lake created by Falcon dam. This dam, one of the large dams on the Rio Grande River, was built in 1953 for conservation, irrigation, power, flood control and recreational purpose. The 144 acre area of the park was leased from the International Boundry and Water Commission and opened to the public in 1965. Falcon Lake is a fishing paradise, especially for those seeking black and white bass, catfish and stripers. Great birding also.
Our second roadrunner of the day.
While we were in that area we drove a bit further north west and visited a town called Zapata where Marlin's Uncle Bob lived about six years ago. We had visited with him there and Marlin wanted to send him some pictures of where he used to live. We met three people there who remembered him fondly and were glad to know he was doing well.