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Big Bend and the Chisos Mountains

Hello, Friends!

Yes, we’re back to the real world, and It. Was. Wonderful!!  I had the absolute best time with the teens, and Big Bend is so beautiful. The most amazing thing of all?  I climbed a mountain and made it back down the other side.  This trip was a milestone for me – I was so nervous that I would be the “old fat lady” chaperone, lagging behind and being pitiful – and it didn’t happen.  I hiked every trail, laughed, joked, climbed over boulders, skipped down sand dunes, waded in the River, and acted silly when necessary to keep going.

The highlight of the trip was the hike to the South Rim.  It’s a 2,000 foot climb, about fifteen miles round trip, and I made it!  I was hiking with my friend Elizabeth, who was also chaperoning.  We kept each other climbing when we just wanted to sit down and cry.

It's a five hour climb up the mountain. I was starting to look a little grim after the third hour.
Point of No Return...either head back down the mountain or continue to the top. We kept going to the top, of course!
The view was totally worth the climb. That's Mexico in the distance.
Me and Princess Pea. I was SO SCARED that close to the edge. It's a long way down.

It was really chilly at the top, and the wind was gusting about 40 mph. It took us seven hours and forty minutes to make the journey.  Five hours up and almost three hours down.  Down was a whole lot easier, for sure, especially on those turns in the path when the wind was at our backs.

On the way back down the mountain, looking back at the South Rim. That little spec on the very tip of the cliff is the tree we were posing next to in the previous picture.

I was amazed at how absolutely gorgeous the desert was, even in it’s present condition.  Last winter there was a hard freeze that damaged most of the plant life, and then the past summer’s drought finished a lot of them off.  Yes, there is such a thing as drought in the desert.  They didn’t get their annual quarter inch of rain, and that made all the difference in survival.  It’s such a stark beauty.

Ernst Tinaja rock formations.
Yes! I hiked back here, too! It was pretty warm on this day, and the shade felt so good.

 The Chisos Mountains are like an oasis in the middle of the desert.

Mexican Jay - There was a pair of them who followed us up the South Rim trail for quite a distance. I suspect the teens were tossing them crumbs.

Boquillas Canyon is at the eastern side of the park, where the Rio Grande twists through the rocks.

Boquillas Canyon
Sand Dune in Boquillas Canyon, with teens scrambling up to the top

There’s a sand dune in the curve of Boquillas Canyon that leads up to a cave.  Yes, I followed those teens up the dune, right after I snapped this picture. The teens were impressed that I made it up.  I was impressed that I made it up.

Texas Horned Toad
South Rim

Celebrate.  Keep the Faith.

EMail Anglea Pea

P.S.  Want to see all the pictures?  Check the slideshow below.

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5 thoughts on “Big Bend and the Chisos Mountains

  1. Those pictures are gorgeous! I tried to comment on your last post (the one you put up during your trip) but WordPress is messing with me. We’ll see how this goes. 🙂

    Nope, didn’t work. I give up — using Facebook instead!

  2. You are brave in a lot of ways here! Beautiful pics, too. So glad it was such a nice trip and you’re all safely home.

  3. Great pictures! I love that little toad & the last pic but also the jay & the Ernst rock formations. Fabulous, you ROCKED it…. I would love to do something like this someday if I can ever make it to somewhere that provides that opportunity:-)

  4. What fun! Big Bend is a bucket list for me…now it’s been bumped up on the list thanks to your pics and storyline. Now why didn’t you share this adventure with me in the break room…WUWT?

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