As our drive out of Austin took us south into some vast open land, my soul felt as if it was headed north into some boundless open air. This is not to say that I didn’t enjoy our time spent in Austin. I most certainly did. I love city living. I love city working. I love city partying. It’s fast, its social, and it’s a necessary balance when one is living on the road. Nevertheless, there’s something to say about being at peace with nature…..for me anyways.
For one reason or another, we never made it to Big Bend during our travels 20 years ago. And, to be honest, I wasn’t even really sure what the draw was, then or (up until) now. It is not one of the busiest National Parks and in doing my research, I hadn’t found much information outside of the fact that it was in the desert, very picturesque and pretty far off the beaten path . It was more or less word of mouth that convinced us to make it a destination this time around and I am convinced that the decision to stick with this plan was by far the smartest one yet. I must admit that due to the reality of its remote location, our time constraints, and the outrageous jump in gas prices, we almost nixed the plan entirely. What a grand mistake that would have been. I now know and understand the reason why the majority of the visitors to Big Bend are return visitors. We had 2 days to explore and experience this enchanted land, and that we did!
Located in southwest Texas, the park expands along the Rio Grande River, occupies the upper third of the Chihuahuan Desert and contains the entire Chisos Mountain range. The unique geological structures, formed years ago by the earth’s faults are absolutely stunning! Rising up from the desert floor into the openness of the blue sky, these formations of nature extend as far into the horizon as the eye can see. Waking up to these views of grandeur each day was more of a perk than my morning cup of coffee.
We hiked along the river that serves as the boundary between the US and Mexico. We descended down into a canyon laden with volcanic rock. We climbed limestone cliffs embedded with prehistoric evidence.
We stood at the foot of a 1500 foot high canyon wall. We sat in the naturally purifying hot springs.
We witnessed colorful sunsets with the bats. We enjoyed the starlit night sky with the coyotes.
We camped without hookups, without cellphone service and without wi-fi.
9 thoughts on “BIG and Beautiful BIG Bend”
Love the silhouette of Mercy! I’m just catching up — haven’t read the blog since January! You’ve been quite busy, I must say:) I loved all the writing about the Dukes of Hazard, chuckling as I read. And the Carlsbad Caverns — I visited there on my spring break when I was on student exchange at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales (about 15 miles from TX).
Seriously, I am running out of things to say … either that or you are just leaving me speechless! (And I bet some would thank you for that! 😉
Amazing journey – thanks for remembering to bring us along ….
Hope u guys r having time of your life Life is so precious Love Aunt Jayne
Such a spectacular adventure for your family. Something the kids will always remember….can’t beat it!
So cool. I’ve herd great things about Big Bend. Now I will def go. Love the pics too!
Your writing is wonderful to read…so enjoyable! I think you must be getting smarter as a result of this adventure!
What a spectacular place! Sure beats Ware, MA!
Gorgeous photos. Enjoy the rest of your travels!
Amazing! Still vicariously living through your travels – at the same time needing a Dunn fix – we miss you guys!
BTW what year does the book come out?
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