Boquillas del Carmen

Boquillas is a small town on the banks of the Río Grande River. This town is one of the many reasons why Big Bend National Park is so unique because there is an official port of entry to Mexico in the park. Just down the road from the Rio Grande Village you can park your car and walk into the small U.S. Customs building and the customs officer will make sure you passports are up to date and tell you what you can and cannot bring back from Mexico. After this you will walk down a path until coming to a man with a small and leaky rowboat. This is the official ferry between the US and Mexico. The ferry is five dollars for the ride across and back. After this you can pay another five dollars for a mule ride up to the village but it’s only a .25 mile walk so I passed on that option when I went. Once you arrive in the town you will see a large sign saying “Bienvenidos a Boquillas Del Carmen”. The town is small with two restaurants, a small hospital, and a store or two. We ate at Jose Falcon’s Restaurant and enjoyed some of the best corn tortilla tacos we had eaten for lunch. Their are multiple stores where you can purchase handmade souvenirs as well as loads of kids that will run up to you with a small wire and bead animal. I purchased this roadrunner for five dollars


(I know kinda steep but that was a cute kid) and then had to tell the next kid I had no money left for the scorpion he was offering me. We didn’t have time to visit the Mexican National Park but it’s a five dollar fee to enter the park  and explore Big Bend’s sister park. We returned back across our ferry and went into the small building where we waited to go to a kiosk (like the ones at the airport) but someone called on the phone connected to the kiosk, asked us some questions and told us to have a great day. The customs experience was much more relaxed than I had ever experienced before. If you are ever in Big Bend you should definitely dedicate a couple hours or even a whole day to Boquillas. Just make sure you are back on the boat before the crossing closes at 5pm or you will be spending the night in Mexico.

Thanks for reading – Josh


“Hey Boo Boo, let’s go get us a pic-a-nic basket”


near Dragoon Arizona

Pictures like the one above make me think of some of the classic cartoons of my youth and the beautiful backdrops of the American West used by the cartoonists drawing my Saturday morning entertainment.   I thought it would be interesting to try and identify the exact inspiration for some of my cartoon favorites.

Yogi Bear –  Yellowstone National Park.   That is obviously way too easy to identify.   Jellystone = Yellowstone NP.   Not to mention, what a great place to have a picnic.

Wile E Coyote and the Roadrunner –  Monument Valley.   That beautiful background scenery must be Monument Valley in southern Utah.   Interesting side note, Monument Valley is not part of the National Park system.   It is actually a Navajo Tribal Park.

Speedy Gonzalez – Saguaro National Park.   Every time you see Speedy you see those Saguaro cactus in the background.   The Saguaro only grows from Tucson up to the Phoenix area.


Saguaro Cactus in Saguaro National Park

Scooby Doo, Where are You – California.   The original hipster detectives must be from California.   That whole first season in 1968-1969 was set in California including notable episodes like the Miner 49er,  Foulplay in Funland, and the one with the ghost of Captain Cutler in that glowing  deep sea dive suit.

Quick Draw McGraw – Southwest Texas.   Probably near some abandoned ghost town between Big Bend and Guadalupe National Parks.

Honorable Mention:   Bugs Bunny – Albuquerque NM.   How can you forget Bugs making that wrong turn in Albuquerque.

Honorable Mention #2:   Not a cartoon, but who hasn’t ridden Thunder Mountain at Disneyland or Disneyworld and not seen the resemblance to Bryce Canyon in Utah?

Honorable Mention #3:   Not a cartoon of my youth, but the Disney made Cars movie with Lightning McQueen is set on old Hwy 66 somewhere in Arizona.   Have you seen Cars Land at California Adventure?  Wow!