November 2019
  • Day5

    Chisos Basin

    November 27, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 43 °F

    Our campsite Tuesday night was thru a VERY narrow canyon. Thank God no cars were coming since only 1 car at a time could pass. The weather was so balmy. We sat out enjoying the 60+ degree temps even after the sun set. We had pulled pork, green beans and Shiner Bok Ruby Red beer.

    Decided to take a walk and encountered another javelina. Chico was going after it but redd called him back! I was running back to the truck lol.

    Some weather came thru around 4am with cold winds. The temps have steadily been dropping. Currently its 39 and falling, plus misty rain. No hiking this morning because of rain.

    We did try to hike Santa Elena Canyon but couldn't cross into the canyon because of the river level.

    We've left Big Bend and are continuing our backroads journey.
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  • Day4

    Balanced Rock Hiking

    November 26, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 66 °F

    After a long day of driving we pulled into Big Bend National Park. The backcountry office closed at 5:00 p.m. so we hurried up to panther Junction to claim our backcountry spot. The ranger told us there was nothing available for Monday night so we bought a permit for Tuesday and Wednesday night. As we stopped to look at pictures of javilenas rading campsites, someone came into the backcountry permit office and gave up their spot. We jumped on that spot so that we could stay in Big Bend monday night.

    6 miles down a very dusty bumpy rocky dirt road we came to our campsite called Grape Vine hills number 5. Actually it was number 4 because someone was in number 5 accidentally. We set up camp and began cooking revise and smothered potatoes for reds birthday dinner.

    Big Bend was under a wind advisory and the wind probably blew 25 miles an hour all night long. At 1 point I was afraid the truck was going to top over. The tree house held up well no rips no tears the fabric is in perfect condition.

    As we drove up to our campsite we discovered the trailhead for balanced rock was very close to our campsite. We decided we would stop at the trailhead to see how far of a Hi Kate was before we determined if we would take it on Tuesday morning. We were the only ones at the trailhead when we arrived except for 2 other people. We hiked up to the balanced rock which is a 2 mile out and back again. The last quarter of a mile is straight up rock, scree, and pokey bushes but the payoff was worth it

    Change in campsites tonight will be closer to the Rio Grande and santa elina Canyon.
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  • Day3

    Linda's Bread and Bakery

    November 25, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 52 °F

    Everything homemade! Sticky buns, oversized muffins, loaf breaks, salsa for the eggs...OMG! And pretty cheap to boot.

  • Day2

    Madera Canyon Picnic Area

    November 24, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 61 °F

    We reached the 1st stop of our trip and decided to take a hike. Up and around to the top of a large hill. It was getting dark so we were trying to get back to the camp. The last leg of the hike was thru a dry creekbed. Baylor was ahead of us offleash and Chico was behind me. All of a sudden, a javelina burst out of the brush, flushed out by Baylor.

    This thing decided to charge us! Baylor didn't know what the hell was happening but Chico bowed up and started to chase the thing off! My Chicks! We crossed the creekbed and the pig stopped on his side. He was bristled up and kept bluff charging but didnt cross the creek again. Whew, too much excitement.

    Heading into Big Bend today!
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