I said a sad farewell to Big Bend this morning, with a hug from neighbor Neal and exchange of email & Facebook Friendships. I believe we’ll run into each other again somewhere in Arizona this winter. I think this time in early December is a really good time to visit Big Bend….not many people, good weather, and plenty of campsites to choose from. I hardly ever saw another car on the road! As I was going out our bad dirt road this morning I saw the remains of someone’s bike rack or something in the road….three separate piles of “stuff”. I hope they were able to pick it up and put it back together on their way out.
I drove all day on little 2 lane roads (speed limits usually 70-75, but I only go 60). I was getting tired when I got to Van Horn, TX but I went another hour and made it to Guadalupe Mountains National Park. The Pine Springs CG here is just a big paved lot with no shade but the price is right; $4 with the Geezer Pass! There’s a really cool Aussie-style camper across the road from me. I wish I had the guts to ask if I could see the inside….but I don’t.
Here’s our campsite; barely got set up before dark! Pretty nice view.
It’s pretty windy here; hope it calms down soon. It seems impossible to keep the wind from blowing straight through the camper, even with all 4 corners stuffed with foam.
(Next morning) The winds remained really gusty all night long…we were really rockin’ and rollin’! I was again giving thanks for my good friend Jenni’s help in installing the handy wind straps that keep the roof closed tight. I was grumpy this morning because Roxie made me get up at 6:45 but what an amazing sunrise I got to see! And the mountains are bathed in beautiful golden light….compare this sight to the photo at the top that I took yesterday.
I guess I may as well get an early start on today’s drive….if I do really well, we could get to Whitewater Draw Wildlife Management Area today! It’s 325 miles though, that’s quite a long driving day for me. So we’ll see.
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Thanks for posting your Big Bend entries. I will be there the end of March and fear it will be crowded. That is a good time to bird and I do some of that.
You’re very welcome! I hope you have plenty of time set aside for the park; it’s got a lot of acreage and lots of interesting things to do & see, especially if you’re able to hike! It’s already way too hot for me there by the end of March.
Thanks for all the Texas entries, Janis!
You’re very welcome!
That looks like a Cricket trailer. I do like how they look practical/outdoorsy and not just like every other trailer. Like you, I would have wanted to see the inside, but wouldn’t have asked. Luckily, we can still look via web pages 🙂 Here is one link for anyone who’d like to take a look.
I think you’re right, Luna! Wow….it’s pricey, isn’t it! $24k!!!