Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Pecos River of our Past....Part 2

 Through the nineties and into the early 2000's, the beautiful Pecos River began to dry up due to the long and much hated drought. One foot lower, then another, then another, then another. The Pecos portion of Lake Amistad was slowly getting back to it's original shape before the dam was completed back in 1968. Of course, I wasn't alive back then, and didn't know that the river was once ever that narrow and shallow, so I saw it as a travesty.
 When I first laid my eyes on her it was close to sunset and she was over 80% capacity. I just stood there in awe at the top of the overlook. From that moment on, I was smitten with this river.

Pecos River Overlook 1994
Pecos River 1999ish

It wasn't long after that first meeting, the drought started. For many years we kept coming back, hoping and praying for rain.

 We still attempted to get up river many times with many crazy ideas, but it was nearly impossible. The silt was so deep, it was like quicksand the closer to the water we got.

Boat Ramp and Parking Lot on left

Shot from under the bridge

Another Boat Ramp shot

In a cave near the boat ramp

Cave View of Boat Ramp and River

The water has come back up again.....then went down again....then back up....then down. It's currently up enough to still get power boats in at the Pecos ramp. Will it every get back to the deep waters of my youth? Who knows. Just have to enjoy it whatever level she's at.

One of the first things that comes to mind when going to the Pecos is the long, seemingly never ending road down to the boat ramp. It was the old highway that connected Del Rio with Langtry, Sanderson, and just about anything west.

Work car on the ramp mid-2000's

The ramp is on the top left. You can see the difference in levels from the pic below.
Close up of the boat ramp from the above picture just a few years before.

What a place. It was during all this time we started to get very familiar with Pandale, 60 river miles north. She was always running great up there.

to be cont........

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