I especially enjoyed seeing butterflies and moths on this trip – I’d never been to South America or to the tropics before, so all of these are new species for me.
This post is mostly insects, with a few flowers and mountains.
Chuck took us on a hunt for waterfalls. In the process we saw lots of beautiful woods and wildflowers, as well as numerous waterfalls and rocky streams. Continue reading
We took a wonderful week-long trip to western North Carolina to visit our friends Sara and Chuck. Continue reading
These are butterflies from the NABA Butterfly Park in Mission, TX and several state parks in the Mission area. Continue reading
This was the hike we took on our last day in the park. The rangers warn that it’s a long, hot walk, and the one that they need to rescue people from most often – when people hike it on a hot, sunny afternoon, and don’t bring along enough water. So we decided to start early in the morning, to be safe.
We spent one day driving from one end of Big Bend to the other, and taking a few short hikes. It’s such a huge park – to drive from our campground at the east end, to Santa Elena Canyon at the west end is about 65 miles. Continue reading
The Lost Mine Trail is a strenuous 5 mile walk that starts at 5600 ft. and goes up to 6850 ft. The views are spectacular at nearly every step, and at the top there’s a view across the mountains and down over a divide into two beautiful canyons.
This was the first long hike we took in the park. The trail goes up over some desert hills, and then along the Rio Grande to a hot spring next to the river.
Big Bend National Park is a huge park – more than 800,000 acres – of river, desert, and mountains. It’s in southwestern Texas, and it’s southern border is the Rio Grande – and Mexico.