Camp Misery

Early explorers named this spot along the Rio Grande River "camp misery" because of the difficulty they had getting their wooden boats and gear through this part of the canyon.


A centuries-old rock slide had narrowed the passage so much that they needed three days to get through it. Today this is a class IV rapid but easily passable in the more flexible rafts of today.


This is a painting of Santa Elena canyon in Big Bend National Park. My reference photo was taken during a 2-day rafting trip in the early 90s.


10x8-inch oil on panel. 



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