We spent a gorgeous week exploring and hiking all over Big Bend. The desert landscape is spectacular, with mountains, canyons, and the Rio Grande River. Everywhere we visited in the park the geology was different and we saw all sorts of spiny plants and interesting critters!
The border is currently closed, so we could not go across the river to Boquillas, but we still managed to interact with their local economy, buying a few handcrafted souvenirs that they bring across the river and place along the hiking trails with a little jar for payment. We even got a serenade across the river from a guy who had his tip jar set up on our trail! The village relies entirely on tourism from Big Bend, so the Covid border closure has been a big deal for them.
Anyway, most of the story is better told with the photos, which Scott has captioned. A quick overnight tonight in San Angelo, and then onto Austin tomorrow.
Scott is halfway to Mexico in the middle of the Rio Grande! (The sandy bank is Mexico)
The Sierra del Carmen mountains with the Rio Grande in the foreground
Alison in Boquillas Canyon
A curious Javalina across from Foxy
The Ernst Tinaja trail…or the Dead Animal Spitoon as I call it. Luckily, there were no dead animals! (When the water gets low they sometimes fall in while drinking)
Alison at Balanced Rock at the top of the Grapevine trail.
The Ernst Tinaja Trail with cool rocks.
Santa Elena Canyon
Santa Elena Canyon
Me on the rocks!
The Lower Burro Pour-off trail
The Lower Burro Pour-off…pretty high!
This guy was on the road driving to Ernst Tinaja…He ended up walking under the truck on laying right next to the tire…so Alison had to throw little pebbles at him to get him to move so we could keep driving. It was all pretty humorous!
Ocotillo on the trail.
Us on the rocks…literally, not figuratively! We will check in from Austin, Texas!