Short Hike to Balanced Rock in BBNP

We felt the frequent bumps as the truck carefully navigated through the rocky unpaved road in a slow one-hour drive in Grapevine Springs. We were driving to get to the trailhead so that we can hike the sandy trail to climb to the Balanced Rock in Big Bend National Park.

Balanced Rock in Big Bend National Park

GRAVITY-DEFYING BALANCE. These look like impossibly stacked boulders perched on two pedestals on top of a hill. Geology explains that these rocks are composed of volcanic tuff from volcanic ash and debris. Over time, the softer rock beneath eroded away, leaving this imposing, beautiful gravity-defying formation.

To get to the trailhead:

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Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend NP

We drove on the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive from Chisos Basin Campground for about an hour to go to Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend NP. The drive was really scenic and beautiful. The trailhead was closed when we got there, so we just had to make the most of our visit, take some pictures and enjoy the drive back with amazing views.

Santa Elena Canyon in Big Bend NP
The Rio Grande through Santa Elena Canyon

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Stargazing in the Dark Sky of BBNP

Travels happened. Unscripted. It has been several years since the last post, that it’s a bit surprising that it has been this long. Coincidentally, the last post was about the same place I’m writing about now that it’s kind of fascinating. Hope that life has been good to you. Things happen in life, but we’ve also been to some great places doing things in between gratefully, one of which is stargazing in the Dark Sky of BBNP.

International Dark Sky Park

Big Bend National Park is an International Dark Sky Park and has the darkest skies of any National Park in the lower 48 states. It’s one of just 10 in the world. Because it’s home to some of the clearest night skies in the world, stargazers can see thousands of stars on a clear night here compared to perhaps a few hundred in a medium-sized city.

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Trip to Mexico from BBNP

Boquillas del Carmen, known simply as Boquillas [boo-key-us], is a village in northern Mexico, west of the northern part of the Sierra del Carmen mountain range, and at the south-west end of the Rio Grande’s Boquillas Canyon on the southeastern part of Big Bend National Park. Join along our trip to Mexico from BBNP to this tiny village to see how does this village thrive and how is it like in there, as we enjoyed our visit, delighted in the boat rides across the Rio, truck/burro rides to the village, and met friendly people, heard good music, and especially tasted great food!

Boquillas del Carmen, Mexico
Population: ~200.

Day 1.

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Hike to Big Bend Hot Springs

We walked down a few steps to the hot spring. The other couple were preparing to soak in it, with the lady in her bathing suit. We really didn’t plan on therapeutic bathing after the hike to Big Bend Hot Springs or getting on the river or cross to Mexico side, but we just dipped our hands in it to feel the hot clear still water. It is recorded at 105 degrees all year round, and indeed, it felt warm and good. 😊.


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