Who would have thought? We spend 4 days running around Guads and Big Bend, parts in the blasting winds, parts in the snow blizzard, parts in a beautiful sunshine weather. Below is a sneak peak and a LINK to a full photoalbum.
First day's trip brought us to the 8750 feet - top of Guadalupe Mtn, tallest in TX. It was windy!!!
Next morning we ventured to largest caverns in US (I think) - Carlsbad caverns. It took us close to 2 miles to drop down about 750 feet and then make a 1.2M loop around the "floor" of the cave.
Next we were pushed out of McKittrick canyon by a driving rain - and this unfortunate event followed by being scared away from Dog canyon due to an ongoing snow blizzard and deteriorating road conditions.
So we turned around and went to Sitting Bull Falls - and found more trails with no snow, or rain, or wind!
Next day took us backcountry style to Guads for a long loop in over a foot of snow! With temps below zero it was fun and refreshing!
This is the view you get as you pop for the last 4M downhill. Worth struggling for.
Last day of our own vacation we spent in Big Bend national park. The night drive trough Davis mountains proved to be a huge surprise for the views and high peaks all over around - Larry had no idea (and I had no pre-judgment). As we approach the park, it was a "waste-land", boring dry hills. And then, you took a corner - and, oh, my, a huge mountain massive with so much lush green opens up!
We took a trail to the top of Emory peak, some 7832 feet - the tallest in the park (we gotta go for the biggest, right?). The whole trip, topped with a class 5 scramble (done twice, because we scaled the wrong "peak" first), was absolutely magnificent! Need to see more there, a must.
We got home - to a change of plans. Ski trip needed to be cancelled due to kids being sick (Stephen flew back from Portland today with a flu, and Harrison got a bad ear infection), so we are sticking around - but be certain, we will have fun and already have lots for local places to visit!
Happy Holidays, ya'll!!!