Hiking and loving it (then driving again)

Trip Start Apr 20, 2012
Trip End Sep 01, 2012

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What I did
Chisos Mountains in Big Bend
Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Flag of United States  , New Mexico
Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Wow, it was an amazing night of sleeping under the stars which shone through the mesh at the top of the tent. The air temperature had dropped to a perfect sleeping temperature and we had slept very well. It was the first morning that Jess sat up in bed and said: "I had a great sleep!" While it was cool and before the sun climbed up over the mountains to shine down in the bowl where we had camped, we were up and eating breakfast. The tent was packed and the car loaded before we knew it as we wanted to tackle a 4 mile trail before it got too hot. 
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. Eli was convinced that it would be great fun to yell and throw sticks at a mountain lion as this was the advice from the rangers on what to do if we did encounter one. We made it to the top, and as a family were very proud of our endeavors. It was a stunning success and I (Tim) was so proud of us and what we were doing. We passed a number of people on the way who wanted to know where we were from and commented on how impressed they were with the kids walking. We simply said that Kiwi kids are fit!
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. 
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Perr-ditto on

Wow. Wish granted. Beautiful photos. My vote is for top 3 picks from each person's camera. Each day.

BenZ on

Looks beautiful, great time of the year to hit the desert with the all cacti flowers. Where are we off to next?

cust4 on

Hi guys, have just found your blog and spent the evening reading it. Brings back a lot of memories and makes us want to hit the road again, but it sounds like you are having a fantastic time and have done and seen so much in a short time.

Looking forward to the next installments!

PS Have you checked the box stopping auto emails for updates on the blog or is that the default?

h.o.t. on

You rate them and w will tell you who took them....
Look forward to seeing you in Yellowstone...

h.o.t. on

We can only imagine about the memories your trip brings back to you! I am sure it will happen to us in the future.
It is a perfect family time and we are loving every minute of it!
Thanks for the tip on accommodation house sitting. Tim got a job a few weeks ago in boarding school and it comes with room and board which we are stoked about.....
Hope all is well.
Take care,
HOT !!!

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