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Handbooks to Adventure: Louis Aulbach’s West Texas River Guides

The Rio Grande, the Devils River, the Lower Pecos. The rivers of West Texas are exceptions to the desert rule. In this harsh land, they’re a life-giving resource. And they’re irresistible to backcountry adventurers. There are challenging rapids, and some … Continue reading

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Bonfire Shelter: A Window into the Daring Hunts of Texas Prehistory

The canyonlands surrounding the confluence of the Pecos River and the Rio Grande are the boundary of West Texas – and they’re famed in Texas archeology. Natural shelters here preserve stunning rock art, and one of the best records of … Continue reading

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In the Lower Pecos, New Research on a 13,000-Year Record of Texas Prehistory

Nineteenth century Americans knew the Pecos River as the boundary of the West. And the westering traveler today can feel that transition. In the canyonlands at the confluence of the Pecos and the Rio Grande, the Hill Country gives way … Continue reading

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Dodder: A Parasite of the Plains

Survival is a fierce and relentless business. And the strategies for survival are many. Parasitism – in which one organism benefits at the expense of another – is one of the most ancient strategies for survival. Across the plains, deserts … Continue reading

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Centipedes: A Primal Predator at Home in West Texas

They’re aggressive, swift in the attack, and deliver a potent, neurotoxic venom. Mountain lions, raptors and rattlesnakes – West Texas doesn’t lack for iconic predators. But centipedes may be the fiercest of the region’s carnivores. They’re the original survivors, members … Continue reading

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