December 28, 2012 Part 3
Streets of Laredo Movie Set
Chisos Basin Campground-Big Bend National Park
Our final stop today is The Contrabando Movie Set. This location was used to film such notable pictures as Uphill All The Way (1985), Rio Diablo (1993), Gambler V: Playing For Keeps (1994), Streets of Laredo (1995), Dead Man’s Walk (1996) and Journeyman (2000). We stopped into the saloon for a quick drink. While the bar remained, the wooden floor was completely covered with dried mud from the floods that swept through here in 2008. Then it was off to the chapel to get married.
Things are not as they appear to be. While the inside of the bar was finished off, here in the inside of the chapel, it is pressboard, chicken wire and stucco. Religion stripped to it’s core, so to speak. It looks desolate and deserted and exactly the kind of place you’d see cowboys going about their cowboy type business. See what I mean?
Sunset in this area is spectacular. The light hangs on desperately to the mountain tops to the west, as the deep shadows of the mountains fight for their release. Standing on the porch overlooking the river I pause to watch the golden, coppery light as it dances over the river. I can appreciate the hold this place would have held on the early settlers to the region.
Parts of the Rio Grande are so deep and the water is not at all inviting but every once in a while the river runs quick and shallow as here, and taking the shoes off for a dip is tempting…unless you remember what it looked like a little further up.
The sun is quickly setting and we have only a few minutes to stop at the sign that official announces our arrival back to home camp. The bears better be on high alert tonight, Andrew is flexing the big guns.
Most nights we travel the last 30 minutes back after dark, trying to make it back in time for the designated generator use. Tonight the steady stream of vehicles leaving the park with the full moon backdrop is too much of a temptation and we decide that eating a cold meal is worth the stop.