Hiking and loving it (then driving again)
Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
120Trip End Sep 01, 2012
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The Lost Mine Trail was a 4 mile roundtrip that took us up to the top of the Chisos Mountains. We were able to buy a self-guiding tour book which had descriptions that corresponded to the 24 route markers along the way. We climbed way high up to nearly 7000 feet and all of us truly enjoyed the walk. There were overlooks of valleys, stone cliffs, impressive peaks and numerous cacti sightings along the way. Again, we were warned about the possibility of encountering black bears and mountain lions, but much to our dismay, we saw neither
After walking back down the trail it was time to stop in at the Ranger Station and Visitor Center in order to get badges for the kids, this was our 7th National Park. Then it was on the road again and off to Northern Texas and Guadalupe Mountains National Park. We had a picnic lunch on the way and pulled in to the Park at 5pm. Sadly, there was only one campsite left in the campground and it was the only one that had no shade available and no trees around it. As it was still 100 degrees out, we were not prepared to camp in the direct sun and carried on up the road to a little park just outside Carlsbad Caverns National Park. We pitched the tent, had tea and at least there is wifi in order to update our blog. Into the caverns tomorrow.