Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Trip Report: Big Bend Day 5 & 6

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Completing the Outer Mountain Loop

This is the trip report for our final Day on the Outer Mountain Loop and the drive home. Make sure to catch up with Big Bend Days 1&2Big Bend Day 3, and Big Bend Day 4.

Wake Up

When we went to bed it was warm out, but waking up everything was covered all our gear was so wet and required extra shake outs. We had our standard oatmeal and coffee for breakfast then started our walk a little before 7 am before, which was before sunrise.  

Blue Creek Trail

The trail was just a continuation of the day before, gravel drainage area with cairns spread around to guide you. I’ve read online it’s easy to miss the cairns and get lost in the drainage area, but I’d think that would be pretty hard to do as there is only one way to travel in a canyon.

After about an hour of hiking, we saw a huge cave in the distance, we took an hour-long side quest to go check it out. The first part required us to fight through brush and almost every plant has thorns of some sort. Then it was a hands and knees scramble up broken rock that involved some short slides down. Finally at the cave, it was a large open space that was split into 2 sides and full of calf deep moon dust. Exciting as it was, there were no ancient artifacts or cave art, so we carefully made our way back down.

As we continued up Blue Creek Trail, the canyon continued to narrow and the drainage area began to shrink.  We also passed multiple campsites that would have been amazing compared to where we stayed the night before. If only we had been a little further along and had better light to search.

Eventually, we made it out of the creek and into a forested area (this is the turn I was warned can be easy to miss) and then the dreaded switchbacks started. I’m guessing this section is 2-miles of steep and never ending switchbacks. To make this section even better, the sun crested the mountains and started heating everything up; however, the views were spectacular as we could back down into the canyon.

After tirelessly trudging along for a while, we located the free camping zone sign. Doing a very imprecise map check with the fingers, we estimated ourselves about 2 miles shy of the Laguna Meadows Trail junction.  This caused me a small freak out moment because it put us way behind schedule; thankfully, the junction seemed much closer than my guess.

Chisos Mountains

Pushing on, we made it to the Laguna Meadows Trail junction and headed towards the Rims, where all the amazing views can be found. One the way there, the sun was out in full force and it was pretty warm out when not in the shade. The climbs along the Rims were a little milder, but it didn’t matter because we were so tired and our feet were tender from being wet all morning.

The views were all around amazing as we moved from South Rim to the Southeast Rim to Northeast Rim.  we stopped under a shade tree for lunch at about the southeast rim. I’ve been told if you just have enough to stop at one section of the Rim to make sure its South Rim. After walking all of them, they each have their amazing characteristics and would say it’s worth it to spend time at each.

We stop to eat lunch under the shade of a tree as close to the edge of the Southeast Rim as we could find. This short lunch break makes me want to spend a night camping on the Rim to enjoy a sunrise and sunset. We then headed around to the Northeast Rim but spent a little less time viewing the surrounding area than before because it was getting late in the day.

The Northeast Rim led us to Boot Canyon Trail where we paralleled Boot Canyon. Along the canyon, there were pools of varying sizes. We stopped one of the larger pools to take a break and because Jack swears he saw fish. Unfortunately, there were no fish, but the pool was teeming with life as insects scurried across the surface and dove deep within the water.

 Carrying on with the hike, we found a stretch of the trail that was beyond unexpected. It was clearly autumn in this area as the trees were displaying leaves of orange, red, and yellow. Finally, we made it to the junction of Colima Trail which also seemed like a whole new place.  The Colima was short and steep, but the trees here more like an alpine area than the oaks and pines we had grown accustomed to.

With our Rim loop completed, we found ourselves on, the Laguna Meadows Trail again. Laguna was a pretty mild trail back down into the basin, but by this time my feet were tender from being wet all day. In a weird turn of events, Jack was in his groove and flying down the mountain and I was making him wait up for me. The trail is just a repeat of switchbacks as you descend and the views felt less impressive than everything we experienced earlier in the day. I just wanted to be done with Laguna Meadows Trail.

Making it back into the Chisos Basin, our feet and bodies were feeling pretty rough at this point and we just wanted to finish. Finally, we arrived at the trailhead and had, but had another .5 miles down to the campgrounds. We made it back to basecamp and Bmo was nowhere to be found, so we started to make ourselves comfortable while snacking on Cheez-Its. After a short wait, Bmo showed up and made us some amazing burgers and smores, while we all shared tales of our adventures. It wasn’t much longer and we were more than ready for bed, which is when Bmo went off to hang out with some of our campground neighbors.

The Drive Home

With a 5 AM wake, we packed up and skipped breakfast because we knew we could find something in a small town later. With everything packed in the car we were off and hoping we might see some wildlife or a bear on our drive out of the mountains. Wish come true, we found a coyote in the middle of the road eating trash. He was clearly not concerned by us and won the game of chicken forcing me to maneuver around him and his treasure.

Another oddity, as we left the park there was a huge amount of trash exploded all over and on the side of the road. It turns out a family was hauling a bunch of stuff and were hit from behind, which is what caused the mess. Thankfully, everyone was injury free. After this, the trip was uneventful and we were sad to be leaving such a majestic place but thrilled to finally be back home.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Trip Report: Big Bend Day 4

Hiking on the Dodson Trail

This is day 4 of our recent trip to Big Bend National Park make sure you catch up and read the reports from the previous days: Big Bend Days 1&2 and Big Bend Day 3.

Wake Up

To be the desert, we sure experienced a decent amount of rain and moisture every morning. This resulted in a lengthy process of shaking our tents and rain flies out in order to prevent wetness in our packs (keep our sleeping bags dry). Then we started boiling water for breakfast and finished packing up our gear. 

Jack posing at the beginning of our Dodson Trail day. I made him carry the water for a little while.
Jack posing at the beginning of our Dodson Trail day. I made him carry the water for a little while. 

We were approximately .5 miles in on the Dodson Trail with another 11 miles to walk and 2,000 feet of elevation change before making it to Blue Creek Trail. With our oatmeal and coffee finished, we were back on the trail around 6 am.

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Sunrise on the Dodson Trail

The Dodson Trail

Back to walking, the Dodson quickly enters drainage areas where we hiked on gravely dry creeks. In this section, the trail isn’t so much a trail as it just follows dry creeks with short sections of trail, marked by cairns, connecting adjacent drainage areas. 

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The rough and rocky Dodson Trail

It wasn’t long before we missed a cairn for a turn, which caused us to walk a decent amount up a dry creek bed. The clerk at the visitor center had warned us how easy it was to miss a cairn and the difficulty in backtracking because the landscape looks significantly different heading in the other directions. Needless to say, we had a small freak out moment when we realized our mistake. Thankfully, we had no issues finding our missed turn and we must have learned our lesson because we had no issues finding the guiding cairns the rest of the day.

The Dodson is fully exposed to the sun of the Chihuahuan Desert and one of the only times I was actually hot. Even Jack was hot and he normally gets chilled pretty easily. Because of the heat, there was little wildlife about except for insects. We walked through multiple swarms of butterflies, pelted by giant Lubber grasshoppers, and chased by more than a few wasps.

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A giant Lubber Grasshopper

A mile before Fresno Creek, we dropped down into a drainage area and I spotted something very red in hidden in the brush. It almost seemed like someone was attempting to hide, but soon realized it was a sleeping bag in a red stuff stuck in the brush. I am still a little curious about how that sleeping bag made it to the middle of nowhere.

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The hiding red sleeping bag. I'm just glad it wasn't a person

As we made into the next drainage area, we met 2 guys and talked to them for a little while. They used to be a group of 4, but 2 turned around and walked back to Homer Wilson because of heat cramps. I hope they had a vehicle parked there because it seems like they were over halfway through the Dodson.

Watching Jack finish up the last bit of a big climb
Watching Jack finish up the last bit of a big climb

We made it Fresno creek and it was shocking to see so much water flowing through the arid environment. The creek was about a foot across and a few inches deep. We ended up taking a short break and filling up on water again as a safety precaution. No one wants to run out of water to drink in such a hot climate.

It was nice to see water in the desert. It was good to Fresno Creek flowing
It was nice to see water in the desert. It was good to Fresno Creek flowing

Past the Fresno, the next valley forced us to do a monster climb up to continue westward toward Homer Wilson. After the climb, we found the only bit of shade under a large rock where we stopped for lunch. The rest of the day was spent walking up huge inclines and then back down all in direct sunlight.

Looking forward to a monstrous climb
Looking forward to a monstrous climb

Finally, we made it into the dry creek bed that snaked us into Homer Wilson Ranch. Once there, we decide to take a break in the shade at the old ranch house. There were quite a few people in the area. We talked to a father and son about bat poop in one of the buildings and another guy about hiking the Outer Mountain Loop on our way out of the area.

Looking out and over Dodson Trail from a high point
Looking out and over Dodson Trail from a high point

Being exhausted, we kicked around the idea of finding a campsite and stopping for the day. We found a spot about .5 mile into Blue Creek Trail we found a nice spot. This nice spot was also occupied by a tarantula, which we shooed away. With our bags hidden away we, walked back to Homer Wilson to pick up our cached water and back where we divvied it up. Looking back, this might not have been the best plan, but it made complete sense at the time.

The tarantula we convinced to guard our packs while we retrieved our cached water
The tarantula we convinced to guard our packs while we retrieved our cached water

Deciding it was still way too early in the day to make camp, we started hiking again. The trail was at a slight incline and was like walking in a dry gravelly riverbed. AN hour later we stopped and ate dinner. It wasn’t too much further when we realized our dilemma: it is unsafe to camp in a desert floodplain, but being at the bottom of a canyon, there weren’t many ideal locations. We ended up walking past dark trying to find a suitable camping site that provided a little raised ground for safety. We eventually found a small circular area with no rocks and set up our tents so close they were touching.

Setting up our late night camp on Blue Creek Trail
Setting up our late night camp on Blue Creek Trail

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Trip Report: Big Bend Day 3

Hike Through the Chisos Mountains

Make sure you follow the adventure by checking our backcountry driving from days 1 & 2 during our trip to Big Bend National Park and check out Day 4.

Wake Up

One of my first task when waking up was checking on Bmo after he was forced to sleep in his truck with only a blanket due to a leaking tent. He was alive and mostly warm, so we all jumped in my car for a few minutes with the heat on. Once we were all fully warmed up, it was time to boil water for oatmeal and Malt-O-Meal. Finally, Jack and I packed up our gear then made our way to the Chisos Visitor Center to pick up our backcountry permit.

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The trailhead at Chisos Basin

We went in ready to go with plan B from the day before because of the increased bear activity; however, the clerk said we were good to go on the Outer Mountain Loop (OML) if we were just passing through without camping in the Chisos Mountains. The clerk was nice and knowledgeable while providing us personal experience of her thru hike of the OML. A few times she drifted off on tangents when all I wanted to do was hit the trail. Once all our paperwork was completed, Bmo followed us down to the trailhead and we all covered the plan one last time before we headed out.

The Chisos Mountains

On the advice of the visitor center clerk, we left by Pinnacles towards Emory Peak. It was a chilly morning with limited visibility and tons of fog. The trail started very mild, wide like double track, and not to steep. This was short lived and the trail quickly became steep, with an insane amount of switchbacks, and generally rough, rocky terrain. I believe this was Jack’s first time walking in the mountains and he quickly learned to hate rock stairs and we had to take frequent breaks.

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Jack and I posing for one last picture before heading out

It wasn’t long before we both had to take a quick stop to take off our base layers (Army silk weights) and the constant climb kept me very warm. It was unfortunate that the amazing views were obscured by the clouds, but there were plenty of other plants and animals with vibrant colors to admire. Around 3.5 miles later, we arrived at the base of Emory Peak and thankfully there were a few bear boxes to stash your gear before the mile-long trail.

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The last climb before reaching Emory Peak

As we were dropping our gear in one of the boxes, a guy jokingly asked where our cool stuff was stored in our bags. While clearly a joke, it still made us a little uncomfortable while we were away from all our gear. The spur to Emory Peak started out easy at first, especially considering what we had just walked, and progressively became steeper and rocky. The last portion of the trail was an almost vertical scramble up exposed rock. I climbed both rocky outcroppings, Emory Peak has the radio antennas, while Jack talked to different people just below the peak. The clouds limited our view, so there wasn’t a huge need to hang around and admire the views with so many more miles ahead of us.

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The hazy view from the top of Emory Peak

We headed back down to our gear and had a lunch of salami & cheese (lunch time favorite recipe), plus a candy bar before starting off on our hike again. We were heading towards The South Rim and the first real creature we had seen appeared. A mule deer buck (I think) was standing on the trail and holding his ground. Jack and I admired the deer and took a few pictures from a distance and decided the buck wasn’t moving, so we started making noises, which caused him to run off.

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Mule Deer (I think) around Boot Springs

We continued on and took a short detour to Boot Spring. There was a decent amount or water and the spring was flowing. If I was a bear, this is definitely where I’d hang out. After we explored the area and heading back to the trail we met a volunteer. He was at the spring checking the water level and eventually asked us for our backcountry permit, which I was completely surprised by, but thankfully I had tucked away all our documents in my back pocket.

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Boot Springs was flowing

Less than a half mile down the trail and we were at the fork for Juniper Canyon Trail and South Rim Trail. We decided to head down Juniper Trail instead of going back up to the rims because it was already getting late in the day. The first portion of Juniper Canyon Trail led to a huge climb up and then gravely switchbacks down into the canyon.

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The view from a high point on Juniper Canyon Trail

The views were amazing as we could look up and see the mountains and down into the canyon below. This was the first section of trail we’d been on that wasn’t well maintained as grass and bushes frequently grew over the myriad of switchbacks.

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Looking across Juniper Canyon

We must have taken way to long on the first 2 miles of Juniper Canyon because the sun was low in the sky. Finally, we made it out into a flat open area paralleling the canyon, but no trailhead was in sight and it appeared we still had a long walk ahead of us. As the day slowly became twilight, it became harder to focus on the beauty of our surroundings and focus solely on our forced march.

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The view from down in Juniper Canyon

Jack and I begin creating a contingency plan of possible campsites if it became too dark and a water plan to cross load until we could reach our cache point. Miraculously, we found the trailhead and our cached water right as the sun vanished behind a group of mountains in the distance. We took advantage of the wonderful flat ground of the parking lot to cook a hot meal and resupply our water.  

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The setting soon as we neared the end of Juniper Canyon Trail

Packed up and walking again, we took our first steps on the Dodson Trail. The moon was out and bright, probably because it was just days before the Super Moon. As bright as it was, finding a possible location for our campsite was difficult, but around a half mile (that’s how far he rules say!) or so we find a small area where both could squeeze our tents into. We didn't make it as far as we wanted, but it felt amazing to be laying down.

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We took a quick stop at the Dodson Trailhead for dinner

The Bmo Saga

If you want to know how the Bmo sleeping bag saga ended, luckily there is a laundromat Rio Grande Village. He was able to dry his bag during the day for multiple hours while he explored some shorter hikes in Big Bend. He eventually made it back to our Chisos Basin basecamp around 9 pm where he learned his bag was still pretty wet. Thank goodness the laundromat is open late, so he drove back and used a dryer until 1 am. This finally did the trick and he was able to sleep comfortably in a dry bag after that.

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Bmo at Mariscal Mines

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Monday, December 26, 2016

Trip Report: Big Bend National Park Day 1 & 2

Travel Day and Backcountry Driving

Jack and I recently headed out to West Texas for a multi-day adventure. We left Austin on November 10th and returned November 15th. Our plan was to do a few short hikes, little backcountry driving, and finish with backpacking the Outer Mountain Loop. We also met up with our Dad (Bmo) and Jonathan (cousin) for added excitement and fun. Check out Day 3 and Day 4.

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The entrance to Big Bend National Park. Courtesy of NPS

Big Bend National Park Background

Location: 310, Alsate Dr, Big Bend National Park, TX 79834
Admission: $25 admission per vehicle, $14 campsites, $12 backcountry pass
Elevation: 1,800 to 7,832 ft.
Weather:  Varied from rainy, cloudy, and sunny, 40 to 80 F
Difficulty: Strenuous

Big Bend National Park is part of the Chihuahuan Desert and covers 801,163 acres (the 14th largest National Park in the US). The park is in West Texas “bend” and the southern boundary is the Rio Grande. The area is home to an extraordinary amount of desert flora and fauna: 1,200 plant species, 3,600 insect species, and 600 animal species that survive in the arid scrubland environment.

The Long Drive

Jack and I woke up at 5:00 am on Thursday morning because we wanted to arrive early enough to beat the Veteran's Day crowd. It didn't take us long to finish packing all our gear in the car and we hit the road about 20 minutes later. This is the longest road trip we’ve ever taken to make it to our adventure location. The total drive time was around 8 hours with gas stops.

Once we finally made it to the park, no one was manning the small entrance booth, which required us to make a quick detour to the Persimmon Gap Visitor Center to register the vehicle. After that, we headed straight to the Chisos Basin Visitor Center to score a campsite and work out our backcountry trip. With first stop at the visitor center, the news was quickly broken to us about areas of the Chisos Mountains were shut down due to bear activity. This news disheartening and our Outer Mountain Loop backpacking plan was derailed within an hour of entering the park.

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Inside the Chisos Mountain Visitor Center

Hearing the bad news, we decided to go pick out a basecamp in the Chisos Basin campgrounds to give us an opportunity to regroup. At the campgrounds, we picked a decent campsite (close but not to far from the latrines) but decided to give one last walk around before committing. While searching, we actually found a better spot, but a guy in his large truck pulled up to the campsite and drove over a large rock, which scratched and scraped up his vehicle. He then rolled down his window asked if we were going to take the campsite. Sharing an awkward moment, Jack and I felt so embarrassed for the guy we just let him have the campsite and quickly walked back to our original site.

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The amazing view from our campsite

Setting up Camp

We unloaded our gear, set up our tents, and paid for the campsite in no time at all. With everything in order, we then had a quick brainstorming session about new possible routes and decided we should go talk to someone with a little more knowledge. On the way back to the visitor’s center, we saw the sign for the Chisos Restaurant and of course we decided to stop for a quick bite to eat. The Chisos Mountains Lodge Restaurant and Patio has the advantage of being the only place serving food in the area, which means it also has a limited selection, but at a surprisingly reasonable price. Jack had a burger and I had the enchiladas, and after finishing our meal we headed back down to the visitor center. Thankfully, there is a large wall-sized trail map available and we were able to look at that while talking possible routes with one of the park employees. Receiving some great helped from experienced staff, we decided on a new route and copied the backcountry grids to help speed up the process of getting our permit. Our new route: starting at Mule Ears, heading west on Smokey Creek Trail to Dodson Trail for day 1, Dodson Trail to the half way point on Elephant Tusk Trail for day 2, and backtracking on Elephant Tusk Trail to Juniper Canyon Trailhead for pick up.

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Jack setting up his tent at our Chisos Mountain campsite
Feeling a little better knowing our trip wasn’t completely derailed, we headed back down to our campsite and linked up with Jonathon shortly after that. Still waiting for Bmo to arrive, we decided to hike the Window Trail. Window Trail is about 5.5 miles and parallels Oak Creek Canyon. To our surprise, Oak Creek was flowing and we had to cross over it multiple times, which is a little scary because the rock is incredibly slick when wet. The trek to the "Window" is well worth it because the pour-off provides an amazing view of the surrounding area. The hike allowed us to warm up for the upcoming days and catch up with family.

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The view at the end of the Window Trail

We made it back to the campsite and Bmo finally arrived and was unloading his gear. We helped him set up his humongous 4-person tent, which took a bit of effort/critical thinking, and his giant cot. To repay everyone for their kindness he cooked some pretty amazing burgers for dinner.  By this time, it was fairly late and everyone headed off to bed a little later.

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The moon high in the sky on the Window Trail

Backcountry Driving

We had another early morning so we could make it into Terlingua to grab breakfast and pick up the Jeep we rented. We woke up and it was raining pretty hard for a desert environment, which helped ensure everyone got ready hurriedly that morning. Before stopping at Far Flung Adventure to start our jeep adventure, we had a buffet breakfast at Big Bend Motor Inn Store and Restaurant. The breakfast reminded me of food from an Army chow line, but it was filling and got the job done.

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Driving on Panther Junction Road in Big Bend

Once at Far Flung, they handed the jeep quickly, the benefit of filling out all the paperwork beforehand. We all loaded up and stuck Jonathan and Bmo in the back and they instantly had an issue; they had no clue how to roll down the window. With that problem solved, the window controls are in the center dash, we were off towards Homer Wilson Ranch to drop off our water.

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The old stables at Homer Wilson Ranch

After just a short bit of driving, 2 issues quickly became apparent, one of our water jugs completely drained/spilled everywhere and Jack was rusty at being a navigator. We ended up needing a few map breaks and a U-turn before making to Homer Wilson. Finally there, we walked about a fourth mile to the metal bear box, which was our first water cache point. After that, we decided to walk the next .25-miles to the Home Wilson Ranch, where we wandered around for about 15 minutes.

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The half-mile trail down to Homer Wilson Ranch

Back on the road and needing a water refill, we headed to the had to travel to Castolon Visitor Center as it was the closest possible water option near us. We explored the area and found old farm equipment and asked in the center, which used to be a post office if water was available. The clerk directed us to the Castolon Campsites just down the road. A few minutes later we were Castolon campsite for a water refill and the area was so green, I thought we were on a golf course.

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Original Post Office at the Castolon Visitor Center

And we were off and on River Road West. Of course, the water jug began leaking minutes in. Bmo was able to twist around and hold the jug until Jack could make it out of the jeep and remedy the situation. The final damage was about 25 percent water leaked again, but we decided there was enough water between the regroup to refill the bag.

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Heavy equipment outside the Castolon Visitor Center

On the road for a while, we took our first pit stop and used the opportunity to take a few pictures. We were surprised with an old rusted our car on the side of the road, which reminded us all of a scene from the Fallout game series. We spent the next few hours driving over amazing ridges, across gulleys, and down dry creeks. While it doesn’t make a good story, the views are spectacular and I recommend everyone try driving some of the back-country roads in Big Bend National Park.

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Old car on River Road. Does it remind anyone else of Fallout?

Another remarkable location on River Road is the Mariscal Mines, which we decided was worth the time to stop and explore. The mines are a source of cinnabar ore, which was refined into mercury and was in operation until the 1940’s. There are multiple structures to explore and the old mines are still available but are blocked off for safety (thank goodness for that because I would have climbed in there for sure).

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Mariscal Mines as you approach from the parking lot

As the sun began setting, we made it to Glenn Springs Road and then on Juniper Canyon Road, which was a much rougher ride than anything else we experienced. We drove almost completely down Juniper Canyon Rd, we stopped at Twisted Shoe campsite because we thought this was the last cache box. A nice older man already set up at the location said he’d be happy to share his box with us and the let us know there was another cache box at the actual trailhead.

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Inside the structures of the Mariscal Mines

With our water safely cached, the group began the trip back to Terlingua to drop the jeep off. We dropped Jonathon off first and the headed off for gas and a poor jeep clean up job using a window squeegee. After dropping off the jeep, we decided it was time for dinner and a Mexican food restaurant was just next door. Unsurprising, their credit machine was down (connectivity is poor in this part of the state) and the waiter said the liquor store just up the road had cash back available. Jack and I walked to the liquor store and began looking for something we might want/cheap booze. I located a bin full of busted Budweiser cans with a sign stating they were discounted. I grabbed a can and asked for max cash back. That stupid can cost like $3 and was a horrible deal, I should have gone with a Forty. That beat-up Bud can is still just sitting in my apartment, shockingly no one will drink it, so if you want a Big Bend Bud can souvenir let me know (maybe January’s giveaway?). Finished with our liquor store misadventure, everyone opted for enchiladas, which were a satisfying meal.

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The Budweiser that helped us get dinner

Finally, back at basecamp Bmo had a horrifying discovery. The inside of his tent was drenched as well as his sleeping bag. The decent mountain rain had pooled on the top of his enormous tent and slowly leaked through a hole all day right above his sleeping bag. Jack and I were powerless to help him, but luckily Bmo had a backup blanket. With everyone tired from a long day, we were off to bed. Bmo ended up sleeping in his truck for a little extra warmth and Jack and I went to our tents where I recorded the day’s events before falling asleep.

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The big night sky at our campsite in the Chisos Basin

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