Sarah Boone, the manager of Villa Del Rio, acted as our guardian angel throughout the trip, not only recommending people and places to see along our way but also calling to check on us as we traveled.

When we finally arrived at Del Rio after much planning and anticipation, Sarah informed us that we would be the last people to stay at her B&B - ever.

Though the stately villa's website proudly claims that it is "the closest Mexico border destination to visit Old Mexico for most Texans," that proximity caused its closure in the end. Ciudad Acuña, like so many other Mexican border towns, is hemorrhaging economically.

Driving away from Del Rio we visited Seminole Canyon, an ancient indigenous site inhabited as many as 14,000 years ago.

The place got its name from Black Seminoles who were stationed near Fort Clark as members of the famed "Buffalo Soldiers."

We also passed through Marfa, one of the trendiest little towns in West Texas. It also serves as a hub for the U.S. Border Patrol.