Friday, February 17, 2012
Big Bend, Rio Grand / Mexican Border
We found the men had set up little 'donation request sites' along the trail we were on, trying to offer their crafts for a few US dollars. The town across the river had been a mining town years ago, but once the US mining company got what it wanted, the town was left to it's own devices. Tourism was 'something for them' until 911, when the US clamped down on this open border location.
The people there have little so try to ask for 'donations for their crafts'. Signs placed on our trail by the US Gov. said clearly, it was a "Crime" to purchase................. yet they were allowing the Gift Shop at the N.P. campground to sell these same crafts for 3 and 4 times the $.
Layers of silty sediment builds up and then later might be washed away
but within it is sometimes embeded plant or animal life that becomes fossilized, like these seed pods.