But is the river that travels 1896 miles starting from the Continental Divide in Colorado all bad? There are very beautiful sections of this river indeed, the source in Colorado, the whitewater in New Mexico and of course the majestic Big Bend in Texas. Can the final run to the gulf also have it’s beauty, or is this going to be just darkened by the circumstances of man. What will win? The dark side of man or the beauty of mother nature?
I will try to get an understanding of these things on this trip, 50 river miles to the gulf. How will it end? Will I end? Are the horror stories just a fog that lifts during the day but rolls in again at night ? Will my one night camping on the river be safe? Who will I meet? What wildlife will I encounter? How will the landscape change? What dangers and what beauty will I see? How will I change? Will my thoughts about the river, the border, the people change? There is only one way to know these answers, and that is like of all water, to someday find my way to the sea.