Join me for a Tour of Texas, from the Gulf of Mexico all the way to a Hike in Big Bend NP, via an adventure along the Mexican border.
For this adventure, I’ll be travelling (via air) from Philadelphia to San Antonio, Texas. After landing, the plan will be to grab a rental car and immediately travel 7 hours west, following a route along the Mexican boarder, to Big Bend National Park. Big Bend holds the distinction as America’s largest protected swath of Chihuahuan desert. Another of Big Bend’s unique distinctions is that around 118 miles of the Mexican / American boarder lay within it’s boundaries, hugging the deepest point of the Rio Grande.
My plan is to arrive at Big Bend National Park before sunset on day one and make a mad scramble for the Window Trail, which is said to boast some amazing sunset views across the Chisos Mountains. Assuming I pull this off, my next task will be to awake just before that burning globe comes back around again, and make way for the tallest peak amongst the Chisos Range – Emory Peak. After that – a quick retreat to the car, a modest rehydration and clean up, and then it will time to hop back in the rental car once again.
Just to keep thing interesting, my plan will be to take an alternate 7 hour route, further to the north, to return to San Antonio. At that point, I’ll scoop up Sara and head an additional 3 hours west to the Gulf of Mexico. More specifically, the Corpus Christi region, for some beach front camping, which would be a first for us.
Of course, all of these plans assume that everything goes as expected. I mean, they never get unexpected or sever weather on the Gulf Coast, do they? Wait… do they?