On the morning of Thanksgiving day, we began the 7 hour pilgrimage from Austin to Big Bend National Park which is located on the southern border of Texas. The Rio Grande River creates the southern border of a park filled with gorgeous desert scenes and the tower Chisos Mountains. By time we arrived at the park, obtained our backcountry permit, and located our camping zone, it was time to hike and find our campsite for the night. The trail we took that first evening is the Chimney Trail, which is mostly flat and long and leads past the Chimney rock formation. However, we found and climbed into a small basin which provided views and privacy perfect for the night! Although privacy was sure to not be an issue in any location- it was so liberating to be out of view of any other people or modern amenities as far as the eye could see in any direction!
Luckily, we got our camp set up in time to play some frisbee before the sun completely set for the night!
The next morning, we packed up and headed up into the mountains to hike the Window Trail. This trail starts in the Chisos Basin and winds down to a break in the rock where a small stream drops off to a backdrop of views below the mountains.
On the way down, we stopped to eat some lunch on a large rock formation surrounded by rocky cliffs!
Who knew the desert would have such beautiful mountains!?