Cottonwood campground in Big Bend National Park, Texas, has many usual campground attractions and way more. We watched coyotes trot
casually across our backyard. Roadrunners scurried a few steps, cranked their tails up and down, scurried, cranked, scurried, cranked.
Then a neighbor alerted us of spectacular nature trail sunsets–and shopping. Not just any shopping, illicit border infiltration shopping!
Before we got to the nature trail to peruse the wares, we discovered another shopping outlet on a scenic overlook. As we took in the view, Steve noticed a man across the Rio Grande who climbed into a boat and rowed our way. The boatman climbed our steep outcrop more easily than I mount our camper steps, and added another souvenir to his display.
This made me curious: is there some legal dispensation allowing cross-border merchandising visits?
No, according to a visitors center volunteer, the rangers turn a benevolent, but not blind eye. When sellers get too aggressive, park officials confiscate and destroy the painstakingly crafted mementos. The pain is heartfelt on both sides of the border.