20150921 - Monday, September 21, 2015 : Big Bend National Park

 

Against all odds, despite last night's wild thunderstorm, the weather is quite sunny this morning.

 

As usual, we begin our visit of the park with a detailed conversation with the rangers. The rest of the day proves they know their park down to the last stone.

 

Chisos Basin, Big Bend National Park

Chisos Basin, Big Bend National Park

 

Rather that walking one only trail, we spread out our effort onto a few shorter trails, at different places, to get a better grasp of this very rich park.

 

Let's begin with a picture taken from the lodge. In a nutshell, there are worse views to wake up with.

 

We then make a short walk above Chisos Basin, the center part of the park. Later on, we take the car and visit a few ranch ruins dating back from before the park was created. We also make a few more hikes. Our road takes us to the rim of Rio Grande.

 

Rio Grande, Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park

Santa Elena Canyon, Big Bend National Park

 

Santa Elena Canyon is a fault between two cliffs, Mexico on the left and Texas on the right. At this place, there is no specific surveillance of Rio Grande, not because it can't be crossed (water hardly reaches one's knees ...), but because before that, one has first to somehow get down a 1000-ft cliff on the Mexican side. And this is an entirely different story.

 

To walk the trail along the canyon, one has to accept to get to get their feet wet, cross a Rio Grande tributary and proceed on the other side. Needless to say, I gladly attempt the exercise. My shoes and I are in for a nice bath.

 

We then drive back to the lodge, with a few more photo stops along the way.