Friday, January 18, 2008
Big Bend National Park
We have spent the last four days in the Big Bend National Park in Southwest Texas. It is over 800,000 acres of rugged and beautiful country with many vistas. It is very popular with those who love hiking, back country camping and mountain climbing. There is a lot to see and many places to explore.
Unfortunately, our time here has not been as busy as we had planned. On our second day in the park, while hiking on a fairly rough trail, Anneke had a fall about a half mile into the hike. She badly sprained an ankle and has been laid up since. I have, however, had the chance to spruce up on my domestic skills the last few days.
We did manage to hike into the Santa Elena canyon, where the Rio Grande runs thru the canyon marking the boundary between the USA and Mexico. We also did a number of other short hikes before the accident, but there are so many more to do. For those into long wilderness hikes, there are many months of trails and free roaming to do. There are of course all kinds of hazards from Mountain lions (who have attacked hikers in the past), bears and various other animals to contend with.
Now that we have had a taste of the park, we will have to return and enjoy the wilderness with a bit more care. This is definitely a must see National Park.