Heading to Big Bend National Park, we said goodbye to Apline for the day.
Things just got crazier looking and crazier looking as we traveled out of the brushland and into, basically, dessert.
After a bathroom and Cliff bar break, we shod up and got ready for a little hike in the great canyon (the name of which escapes me, but, you know, it’s the big one with the Rio Grande running through it. One side USA, the other Mexico.)
I’m not sure what I expected, but let me tell you: I was surprised by what we found.
Behold: The Cliffs of Insanity!
The BEST PART of the trip, hands down, agreed by all. This little hike (well, more to come on that.) But honestly. Kids throwing rocks in a river, nature as far as the eyeballs can see -THIS IS THE LIFE, people!
*Sigh* This is the life.
Let the hiking begin.
My children climbing along cliffs.
Was I afraid?
Was it worth it?
Totally. (I think. Had one of them fallen, I’d say no. But, thankfully, our only incident was Tennyson choosing the beginning of the hike to take a dump in his diaper and I did not have a spare with me, so he, uncomplaining, lasted the whole long hike with his load and Brian was a total trooper having to carry a stinky toddler at least half the time.)
I love my man.
For some reason this section reminded me of “Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade.” It was breathtaking.
The kids doing their lion impressions on our self-proclaimed “Pride Rock.”
We made it back to the van, got everybody fresh, and loaded back up to check out as much of the park as we possibly could in the waning sun.
We headed up to the visitor’s center where we’d eat dinner at the restaurant there. Winding through the mountains on this stretch was amazing. Truly mind blowing up there.
The famed “Window.”
Dinner was a great success. We ate real food -amazingly they had several vegan options that we enjoyed- and although we had to dine in true family style (Brian and I taking turns watching the little kids while the other snarfed down food) we were so darn happy to have found a great restaurant.
The highlight of the trip for me was getting to see the stars. I couldn’t wait to be out of range of any light pollution and see the famed starry skies!
Oh my holy heck.
I’m not a night shooting pro, but I was thrilled to be able to snag just a fragment of what we witnessed with our own eyes that night.
This was magical. I am so thankful that Brian brought us along, that we got to test out our new van on it’s first road trip, and that our kids got to experience the wonder of nature in such an other-worldly part of Texas.
And next time we’re bringing our own food.