Touring Big Bend National Park, TX, Part I

None of the pretty pinks we get from the pollution in our skies in San Francisco Area, but you got to say, pretty, just the same.  My first day and it had apparently rained already and then for the next two days, more rain and then more rain.  I have a video I am going to process and post, a cloud burst preventing me from driving faster then 25 mph.  It's amazing how the driving visibility went from 100 yards down to 25 feet.

I'm going to be posting lots of flowers so, start yawning with boredom now.   I didn't make it rain, it just worked out that way.

I'll find out if somebody asks, but these are in abundance, sometimes spaced only ten or so feet apart in huge multi square mile prairies.

"Aww shucks Jim, you shouldn't have.  Now I'm going to start tearing up."

This is part of the "Window" hike, starting from my campground in the Chisos Basin and 2.7 miles later, well you will see for yourself where it ends up.  This was a downhill hike with 583' feet back up.  A very interesting hike, definitely one to repeat next time I come to Big Bend.

Haze is fog left over from the previous nights storm.  Rocks were slipperier then snot on a flat rock.  My hiking sticks helped a lot.  I also had on rubber soled hiking/boating shoes so that helped a lot too.  The rain had only abated a couple of hours before.

The "Window."  I didn't go any closer then 10 feet due to the slipperiness and not knowing how far the drop off was, one of the few times I have erred on the side of caution.  On my way back, I would ask hikers going to the "Window," if they had a rope.  I figured I would have went out there on the edge if I had a rope tied around me and then to a rock big enough to hold me.  Alas, no lass had any rope.  Eventually, I got to far away to go back even with a rope, so I would just tell the hikers going towards the "Window," "Sorry, somebody closed the window." Then they would laugh when they realized what I had just said.  Further up the trail, a family was coming towards me as I could hear their talking.  So, I cupped my hands and let out one of my best bear roars.  As I continued up the trail, I finally found them frozen in their tracks waiting for their Dad to pull out his Jim Bowie knife, and I ask them, "Did you hear that bear?"  And the Dad says, "Yeh, that's the second one we heard today."  Great comeback, the kids relaxed and every body smiled and laughed.  Lucky for me, the Dad wasn't carrying a Jim Bowie knife.  BTW, that rock you see through the "Window" is about a half a mile away.  Telephoto lenses tend to do that, make something far away appear close up and personal.

Scratching out a living on the crevice of a rock.  Amazing!

Then on Sunday, the next day, a hike on the "Lost Mine Hill" trail.  4.65mi and 1001'.

The top.

Do you see the Jack Rabbit?  I don't either.

Next door big brother neighbor.


The only critter I saw on the trail.  They warned us about bears but no bears to photograph.  Might be too early. It is still cold out and though they don't hibernate here like they do in the North, they do go dormant for days and weeks at a time.

All photos were taken with a Canon EOS 5D MKii camera body and a 100 to 400mm 1:4.5-5.6 L IS telephoto zoom lens as well as a wide angle zoom: 24-105mm L IS 1:4 USM lens.


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