We visited Big Bend again during Christmas and one day I had to myself, I went into the park to walk the Burro Mesa pouroff trail. I pretty much had it to myself. It was quiet, I only heard one bird singing. My tinnitus is bad enough that it’s all I could hear besides the bird. I found an app for my phone that measures decibels, I opened it and the volume level was at 28 decibels.
A weathered wood and corrugated metal fence in Bodie, California. I find it interesting that at high altitudes, wood doesn’t weather to gray.
Bodie is a former gold mining town that has been preserved as a state park.
If you’ve been a long time follower of mine, you know I love the Big Bend area of Texas. I have made many trips there, with several people we know.
On this trip, we were able to ascend Christmas Mountain. There is a gate with one key and only one driver is allowed through at one time. We discovered why. There is nowhere to pass, few places to pull over and nowhere to back up to. And in a few places, you will catch air with a wheel at a time.But the view from the top is priceless
Not quite to the top, but amazing just the same.
We took our kayaks and paddled in the serene waters of the Laguna Madre between the barrier island of Padre Island and the Texas mainland. No surf, light winds and smooth waters. It was a beautiful day.
Fog in the desert is by nature, temporary and elusive. This is the Window trail in the Chisos Mountains in Big Bend National Park. By the time we actually got to the window, which is a gap in the rock where water from the basin drains, all trace of fog was gone.