Well, 2015 is officially one for the books; I hope ya’ll had a wonderful year, and that you got the chance to do lots of traveling. I surely did…on both accounts! One of my most memorable journeys of 2015 was spending a few wonderful weeks in Brewster County, a stunningly beautiful area of Southwest Texas and home to Big Bend National Park. If you’re looking for an ideal place to get away from it all, I can’t think of a better location than Big Bend, one of the most spectacular and least-visited parks in the country.
I wrote about my experiences hiking Big Bend’s Chisos Mountains back in September. Recently, the region has been in the news after an historic snowfall and reading the articles and viewing the snowy photos had me thinking about another one of my Big Bend adventures in magnificent Santa Elena Canyon (although my trip was during much warmer weather). The canyon is at the end of the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive, a memorable road trip where you get to experience firsthand the impressive Chihuahuan Desert and the majestic Rio Grande, some of the most spellbinding places you will ever see.
As you begin your journey, you will come upon Terlingua Creek, and you will probably need to take off your shoes to cross over — or you can bring water shoes, which is what I did. But it’s worth getting wet, because the view of the steep cliffs with the river winding through is a sight you have to experience! I saw some people taking canoes out and I thought to myself, “Why didn’t I think of that?!” Next time…oh yes, there will be a next time! Then you make your way down to the lush banks of the Rio Grande, where the shade and the vertical cliff walls cool the air which is a nice respite from the heat in the summer. The scenery was amazing. I climbed up onto a large boulder to take in the incredible view, which included some vultures sunning themselves along the canyon wall…not a sight you see every day!
I left Big Bend National Park months ago, but the experience is still with me. You just won’t find a better place to recharge your batteries and refresh your soul than this awe-inspiring natural wonderland. If you have never visited, you must make it one of your resolutions for 2016!
I want to wish y’all a Happy, Healthy and Adventurous New Year!
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