Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Big Bend and Guadalupe Mountains pictures


Big Bend entrance
Casa Grande from our Chisos Basin campsite
Window from our campground campsite
Jeff (in the middle of the pic) on Oak Springs trail
The Window view
Starting the backcountry hike, Laguna Meadows trail. We estimate Jeff's pack weighed about 50 lbs and mine about 35 lbs, both 10 lbs more than we should ideally carry, mostly due to 3 days worth of water.
Mexican jays were everywhere, this one begged for our snacks
Jeff relaxing after the long uphill hike with heavy packs
Deer at our Colima backcountry campsite
Juniper Canyon trailhead sign
Southwest rim we watched for peregrine falcons, may have seen a couple
Emory Peak from the Boot Canyon trail
Emory Peak, closer to the top
Chilling after hiking up to Emory Peak
Sunset at our Toll Mt backcountry campsite
didn't see any live mountain lions, but we did hear a couple at Toll Mountain
Clouds rolling into the Chisos Basin
Ready to hike down the mountain on the Pinnacles trail
the packs are MUCH lighter now!
The only showers in all of Big Bend are at Rio Grande Village, so we drove 30 miles each way to shower, totally worth it! Had to get a pick of the Rio Grande while there, that's Mexico behind us.
Santa Elena Canyon, the other side of the park from Rio Grande Village, again, totally worth the drive!
Cattail Falls trailhead
Cattail Falls
Longspur columbine and maidenhair ferns in the background, didn't expect to see those at Big Bend!
Guadalupe Mountains entrance
view from campsite
sun rising over the Apache plumes
Devi's Hall trail
Devil's Hall
Guadalupe Peak trailhead
rocky trail
we counted 41 switchbacks to the top
cool wooden bridge
just past the bridge
El Capitan behind us
made it to the top!
Highest point in Texas 8751 feet
Smith Spring
I had to taste the water at Smith Spring
Carlsbad Cavern entrance
Rainbow near Van Horn
Veranda Inn Ft. Davis
Veranda back yard
Veranda dining room
Tipster the pet pig at the Veranda
McDonald Obseratory
Harlan J. Smith 107 inch telescope, I even got to make it move!

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