Posted in Birdwatching, Travel, tagged big bend, chihuahuan desert, desert, family vacation, hike, national park, park, texas, travel, west, western on May 23, 2010 |
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Tuesday morning I couldn’t even find my parents. I thought they might have found a ride home, or possibly I had killed them with the long hike. It turns out my parents have learned how to sleep late. Interesting.
Tuesday we took a driving tour of the park, to see the things that are on my must-see list for BBNP: Hot Springs, Boquillas, and Santa Elena Canyon. We also did some lazing around at Rio Grande Village campground, which is one of the best places to look at pretty birds without much effort. Painted buntings and vermilion flycatchers were everywhere.
Mis padres at Santa Elena Canyon.
We took a shortcut up Old Maverick Road from Santa Elena to the main road, for dinner at the Starlight Theater in Terlingua. We had great food and listened to (I think!) Doug Scharnberg play guitar and sing.
The next morning we had to drive back to Austin, but there were a couple of great sightings on the road as we were leaving. In the basin, just before the Lost Mine Trailhead, this guy was ambling along. It might be hard to see because I was a little over-excited and trying to keep people from running into our car at the same time, but in case you can’t tell it is a bear.
And this Texas horned lizard was on the road, I had to shoo him off of it.
And that is the end of Chihuahuan Desert Adventure 2010.
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Posted in Birdwatching, Travel, tagged big bend, chihuahuan desert, desert, family vacation, hiking, national park, park, texas, travel, west, western, wildlife on May 23, 2010 |
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On the 17th, we woke up a bit late and dawdled, and since it was getting warmer we decided to stay up at higher elevation and do the Lost Mine Trail. This was a first for me, and something that I probably would have not done except for the recommendations of friends. The trail has an interpretive guide that is based on numbered stops along the trail. We had fun reading them out loud, and it gave us a lot of good resting time. The views along the trail were amazing, I would definitely do it again. There weren’t very many people on the trail, which was nice.
Watch out for mountain lions!
This Mexican jay posed for me.
Claret cup cactus were blooming along the trail.
The view from the top.
Tired but happy at the top.
We rested in the afternoon, then ate at the lodge. The food there has vastly improved, and they even have a salad bar!
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