So the next two posts about vacation will be about our experience in Big Bend National Park!! This is actually a very beautiful area but we learned an important lesson the hard way. May is the HOTTEST month of the year down there!! There climate is actually a bit off from ours (in fact their bluebonnets bloom in December - and can get to be 4 ft tall!!) We saw temperatures as high as about 120 degrees!! Dry heat or not that is HOT!!!!
And the place for full hook ups for RV (and the only spot that an RV as big as ours can fit) is the down in the lowest elevation...which means the HOTTEST area. When you go up in elevation, especially up at the beautiful Chisos Mountains it cools down a good 15 degrees or so!
There are many many trails you can hike. If it wasn't so hot I would have loved to have done a bunch of them! We did do one of the major trails up at Chisos Mountains and that is what I want to share first about Big Bend :-) It was the highlight of the trip!! It was called the Window Trail. In the picture below there is an arrow pointing to a big valley. This is called the window and this is where you hike to!
We did this hike in the morning...trying to beat the heat. I wasn't very smart - I thought we needed to get as early of a start as possible so thought the fastest way to do breakfast would be to hand everyone a nutrigrain bar and head out the door!! We found out after the hike that we burned approximately 2500 calories on that hike!!! It was a 4 mile hike!! Another valuable lesson learned was - when you hike 2 miles down a mountain, you must turn around and hike 2 miles back up the mountain!! And during that trek back up the sun hit high noon and the last 800 feet or so there was absolutely NO SHADE!! It took us about 4 1/2 hours total to do this hike!!
It is funny - since we have been home we have talked to several people that have been to Big Bend and when we mention that we learned the lesson of having to hike back up 2 miles if you hike down two miles every time their response has been "Oh you went on the Window Trail huh??" LOL!!
Here are pictures from the hike! Most of them were from the first half of the trip - going down the mountain. We had a cool morning breeze and scenery completely changed at every turn of the hike. It was simply BREATHTAKING at times!
Ok here we are at the bottom!!! We are at the WINDOW! In the rainy season this is a waterfall. It is breathtaking!! You will see Daniel at the edge - it is a HUGE drop off at that point. Needless to say the kids and I stayed back. Plus these rocks right here were slicker than snot!