CNN Parts Unknown 2018
Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend National Park
In March 2018 we had the privilege of taking Anthony Bourdain and his crew on an overnight river trip through Santa Elena Canyon to film an episode of Parts Unknown. For a day, we were pulled into Tony’s orbit and, for many reasons, it was the grandest overnight trip we’ve ever had. The man was kind, intelligent, thoughtful, and inspiring to be around. Our discussions were critical to the times as well as fun and light-hearted. He had the ability and platform to shed light on important issues in a way that was so very human, everyone could understand and relate.
We send our thoughts and condolences to Anthony’s amazing crew, his family, friends, colleagues, and to the millions of people around the world whose lives were bettered because of his influence. We feel lucky to have had the opportunity to share an adventure, some good food, meaningful conversation, and a few shots (or more) of sotol with such a powerful force.
To us, Anthony’s memory persists on a wide stretch of remote desert beach along the banks of the muddy Rio Grande, beneath a night sky heavy with stars and full of laughter, camaraderie, food, music, dancing, and unimpeded joy.
May you find peace in whatever adventure awaits you next, Mr. Bourdain.