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Make Texans Hike the South Rim

By May 2009Comments

Keven Ann Willey

You can’t really appreciate the great state of Texas until you’ve gazed at the mountain majesties of Big Bend. So how about making a South Rim hike a high school diploma prerequisite, or maybe an “I’m a real Texan” license plate designation? The dramatic scenery from this fourteen-mile loop along the southern edge of the Chisos Mountains rivals that of Arizona’s Grand Canyon. Aside from the obvious health and anti-obesity benefits, such a requirement would nurture a love of painted skies, colorful birds, and spiritual, wide-open spaces ever after.

Willey is the editorial page editor of the Dallas Morning News.

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