20190703_132549 Angry tree at Vejukai sees the visitors off
20190702_160841 Chess in Palanga reading room
20190702_154655 The reading room in Palanga
IMG_20180314_181626 E and R at Cinco Tinajas
E and R in front of a jagged rock at Cinco Tinajas. A short trail off of Big Bend Ranch State Park main road leads to five "tinajas", or watering holes (not visible in the picture). Tinaja is "a term originating in the American Southwest for surface pockets (depressions) formed in bedrock that occur below waterfalls, are carved out by spring flow or seepage". We found only two of them -- the rest might have gone dry since they were first discovered by explorers in the 19th century.
The trail is about a couple of hours drive down the main park road, and a teeth-rattling drive it is, because the road is unpaved. Even so, it is smoother than all the other park roads, many of which are only accessible by an offroad vehicle.