The Grand Climb
Trip Start Mar 30, 2009
53Trip End Ongoing
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The closest I ever get to an edge is about ten feet, and here I was having to walk TOWARD a bald rock edge about six feet away, with nothing but sky above. And no matter how many times I walked toward that stupid edge, the view remained the same... or at least until about halfway down, when I could finally see the ground. And seeing the ground was much better than seeing sky. I mean, no one was going to carry me off the thing, and my technical hiking shorts were too slippery to butt-crawl, so I just had to buck up and do it. Let’s just say I’m extremely proud of myself.
I then took off on the 4 mile loop trail and worked up a good sweat. Not much shade and lots of sun, and I only passed three people along the way. Wonderful! I spent the rest of the day at the little hotel pool, then packed up the truck for Big Bend.
Leaving Fredericksburg, I drove the now familiar path to Kerrville and got to enjoy the curvy trip to Medina one last time. But, surprise, the road past Medina was even better! Steep, curvy, 10mph hairpin switchbacks, yippee! It was a long, fun drive all the way through Vanderpool, Leakey (pronounced lake-ey), Camp Wood, Barksdale, and Rocksprings. I joined I-10 at Sonora and stayed in Ozona for the night.
It was finally time to fill the fuel and water tanks. I’m heading for empty country, so the extra 8 gallons of each are a necessity.
Finally, it’s time for Big Bend, and I can't even begin to describe how excited I am!
NOTE: The 11th photo is actually a video from the summit of Enchanted Rock.