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“The Devils” Not So Bad After All

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“The Devils” Not So Bad After All

By Chris Simek

In a world where men are often forced to be something they are not, it is not uncommon to find oneself at destinations to which they have been guided more so by the pursuits of others than their own happiness. Upon waking from this deadline and responsibility induced daze, it is often beneficial to immerse oneself in places that are wild and devoid of societal constraints, to right this course, and remind oneself of the simple pleasures in life. The Devils River is such a place.

“The Devils” Not So Bad After All

Photo: Wikipedia

Starting in Northwest Sutton County where six watercourses converge, the Devils River is conceived at a place where the Edwards Plateau has nearly conceded its juniper and oak studded identity to the biologically diverse Chihuahuan Desert. The Devils courses south some 90 river miles thorough the Sierra Dacate, before its gin clear waters comingle with those of its aqueous international destination, Amistad Reservoir.

“The Devils” Not So Bad After All
Photo: Chase A. Fountain, TPWD

Bound by blood and lured by water, three men recently left their Central Texas haunts to what is considered the most unspoiled river in Texas. The anticipation of the trip, ever building as the men made their way down the caliche roads etched into the desert landscape of the Del Norte State Natural Area, climaxed as the river begrudgingly showed herself… a ribbon of shimmering blue-green calling invitingly to those willing to accept.

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