Sunday, February 24, 2019

FM 170 Scenic Drive

Today was our road trip day from Lajitas to Presidio and back along the Texas Mountain Trail on FM 170. This road follows the Rio Grande River as it winds through some exceptional scenery along the Texas and Mexico border.

Saturday, February 23, 2019

Big Bend Ranch State Park - Fresno Canyon

Today was a mountain bike trail day for us... Heather hikes the trail and I go and ride it! We started out from the East Contrabando trail-head near Lajitas, both setting out on the Dog Cholla Loop. The next loop for both of us was the Crystal Trail and then I continued out about 8.5 miles until I reached the start of the Fresno Canyon Trail. Last year I had made it out to the edge of the Fresno Canyon but did not have the time to explore it further - today I rode about three miles into Fresno Canyon and it was really scenic.

Friday, February 22, 2019

Big Bend - Lost Mine Peak

A warmer day (in the 70's) so we headed up to the Chisos Basin area for a hike up the Lost Mine Trail to the top of Lost Mine Peak. The photo above was taken at the top of Lost Mine Peak. We had never hiked this trail and heard that the views and vistas were incredible...

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Big Bend - Bicycling the West Loop

Today was a perfect day to ride the west loop of Big Bend National Park. We started at Maverick Junction, rode clockwise to Castolon/Santa Elena Junction, then proceeded south on the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive to the Santa Elena Canton Overlook, and finally took Old Maverick Road back to where we started. 53 miles of some of the best scenery you can find anywhere - I really love Big Bend.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Big Bend - Boquillas

The sign above greets you as you pass through the U.S. Port of Entry at Boquillas Crossing in Big Bend National Park. The crossing which reopened in 2013, is a little simpler than most U.S.-Mexico border crossings... here you pay $5 per person (round-trip) for a rowboat ride across the Rio Grande River to Boquillas Del Carmen, Mexico.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Big Bend - Chimneys and Santa Elena

Our first day in the Big Bend area with the Bryant's (Ronnie and Nanette) we decided to hike The Chimney's Trail and then Santa Elena Canyon. Our weather was perfect and to our surprise the Bluebonnets were out in the park. We are staying outside Big Bend in Lajitas at Maverick Ranch RV Park - so a little bit of a drive into Big Bend, but still very close to the edge of nowhere...

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Déjà vu

Today we did one of our favorite rides from Alpine, along Highway 118 to Fort Davis and Back. Heather the weather guru got it right as we had very little wind today and temps in the mid 60's. It just happens that we rode this exact same route exactly one year ago today - our version of ​Déjà vu!

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Hiking Day...

Well... planned to ride our bikes today but with sustained winds at 22 mph and gusts to 35 mph, we opted for a hiking day. Our first hike was the Outside Loop trail at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute. There are a variety of trails to hike at the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute and the Outer Loop covers the best scenery in the area. Located just four miles southeast of Fort Davis, Texas, the Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute is a private non-profit organization with just over 500 acres dedicated to the study and preservation of the Chihuahuan Desert. (Heather is making her way down Modesta Canyon in the photo above)

Friday, February 15, 2019

Welcome to Alpine, Texas!

Goodbye to Tucson on Wednesday and off to West Texas! We drove to El Paso this past Wednesday and planned to stay a couple of days. Our resident weather expert (Heather) predicted very windy driving conditions for Friday, so we drove on to Alpine, Texas on Valentine's Day. We avoided excessive West Texas winds and got to drive through Valentine, Texas on Valentine's Day! Alpine, Texas is one of our favorite small towns to visit and we love staying at the Lost Alaskan RV Park on the north edge of town.

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Saguaro National Park - East

A nice Sunday afternoon was perfect today for an easy going hike at Saguaro National Park East. We had previously bicycled through the park so today's goal was to hike a few trails to see everything a little closer. We started with the Freeman Homestead trail loop and then parked at the Cactus Forest South trail-head to begin a seven mile loop to include the Cactus Forest trail with the Lime Falls Trail and then return on the Javelina Wash Trail back to our truck.

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Arizona Trail - Las Cienegas (South)

A cool and cloudy day in Arizona brought us to hike and bike a southern section of the Arizona Trail. Our starting point was the trail-head located just 15 miles south of Tucson on Highway 83 going towards the Santa Rita Mountains. From the parking area we had a short half mile hike/bike to the intersection with the Arizona Trail on what is termed a "gravel road" - a very interesting road!