A Traveler and his Cat exploring America.

Thursday, April 21, 2022

Rita Blanca National Grassland


Three miles south from the Texas/Oklahoma border.

We turned off Farm Road 1879 onto this dirt road for a mile...

...and arrived at our destination.
This is it.  You park here.  Nowhere else.

Essentially it is as the sign shows, a picnic area.
It is managed by the Forest Service and one can stay here for fourteen days.
We might just make the most of that.

Waddaya think Beans?

Looks good Dad.  There’s no one here.  Lets go explore.

Rita Blanca means ‘little white river’ in Spanish.  Turning the natural prairie land into agricultural land eventually proved to be a costly mistake.  Tilling the soil and removing the natural grasses of the plains is what created the infamous ‘dust bowl’ conditions of the 1930’s.  The U.S. Government has slowly bought back unused abandoned farmland and restored the eroded soil to protect the grasslands.


Barbara Rogers said...

Good to see you this morning...missed you yesterday. Or maybe you posted later than usual. Blanca means white...if I remember my Spanish. Rita is a conundrum to me. Great choices of dinner tables!

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

Yes, I forgot to trigger the ‘publish’ button for yesterday’s post and discovered so eight hours later. Sorry.

Debby said...

Last night, Tim and I watched a PBS special on how a dam on the Chehalis river has affected the salmon population. Whenever man tries to take control of nature, there is always some unintended consequences, it seems.

A chance to explore an area for a couple weeks sounds fun. Look forward to reading about it.

John W. Wall said...

Hmm, that's some funny Spanish.

John @ Beans and I on the Loose said...

I thought so too but that is what was on wikipedia, although I see now I left ‘white’ out. Will fix that.

Toc said...

Good book on the Dustbowl.
The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan

Debby said...

Rio is river, but ria is the river mouth. The small rias feed into the rio. Blanca is white.