What a Place!

Trip Start Dec 24, 2010
Trip End Jun 01, 2011

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Chisos Basin Hike

Flag of United States  , Texas
Sunday, February 13, 2011

We drove back toward Panther Junction, the turn-off to our camp and turned off to the Chisos Mountain Basin.  This short trip on paved road leads into the midst of these remarkable mountains.  The road is quite exciting, with many twisties and hairpin curves, not too mention the dips.  It’s well paved and safe at the speed limit of 45 mph.  Trailers and motorhomes larger than twenty-four feet are not encouraged to drive there.  The is a campground however which has several sites, but without water or electricity.  This in the RV world is referred to as “boondocking”.  Strictly speaking, boondocking is out and away from any campground and relying on one’s coach battery, generator and on-board water tank to camp.  There’s an info center in the Basin, as well as a store, lodge and reataurant.  It’s a great destination area with great views and several trails, so of which would appeal even to die-hard backbackers.

We chose the two-mile Basin Trail.  At the off-set, a signed mention the presence of bear and mountain lions.  Their advice, though well-meant, I’m sure, struck me as a bit humorous.  You may agree when you see the picture.  Holding a child while picking up rocks and sticks while not stooping sounds like quite a trick!

We chose the counter-clockwise route on the trail.  It’s a moderate climb over many log steps and ditch blocks.  The scenery, as I mentioned, is fantastic.  Nestled within the mountains, one can’t help but be overwhelmed by what he sees.  I did a small video of the area near the top and also some of the road on the way out.  This trail took just over an hour to complete and left us very dusty and me a bit tuckered.  By not stretching after our morning hike, my quads had lots to say by the end of the Loop.  Never say any game, but a few birds and met only two others on the trail.  Back in camp now, it’s nearly 70˚ and calm.  We’ll cook outside tonight… Chicken Rosemary.  I hope to get this uploaded tomorrow morning along with several pictures and the video.
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