Since we have started our time as a campground host at Chisos Basin, we have had many opportunities to learn more about Big Bend National Park. Each time when we hit the trail we are taken away by the beauty of this area.
So far, we had the privilege to hike eight trails and each of them showed us different faces of Big Bend.
The Window Trail surprised us with reflections of the clouds in water filled pools. Lost Mine Trail brought us to above 6,700 ft and offered breathtaking views into Mexico. We descended into the healthy looking Rio Grande Valley after making it through the mountainous and blazing part of the Hot Springs Trail. We visited the top and the bottom of the Burro Mesa, which looks like a giant shower without a curtain. Pinnacle Trail dazzled us with views of Chisos Basin and the Window. Buquillas Canyon gave us a lesson in Earth Science by showing us how water can build beautiful landscapes. The 10 mile hike around Emory Peak introduced us to wildflowers we have never seen before and fascinated us with a tall standing rock that gave Boot Canyon its name.
Many hikers shared their experiences about trails we have not walked yet and we will follow their recommendations.
While we enjoy our three days "on duty" we are always looking forward to the three days off and to new adventures at Big Bend National Park.
John Muir gets it right by saying: "In every walk with Nature one receives far more than what he seeks".