Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Through a Window Hazily

Looking Through The Window Hazily

Raoul and I went on a hike today in the Chisos Basin inside the Big Bend National Park. We took our cameras of course. Whom ever said that the desert is a barren wasteland has never been here. There were more flowers blooming that I have, again, never seen before. I find it amazing at the amount of living things surviving in the desert in the extreme heat.

I was driving pretty slow in order to be able to stop if I saw some wildflowers to photograph. We stopped at one spot and we found several different flowering plants just at that one location. Then we drove on to our final destination for the day, The Chisos Basin and the restaurant and then on to hike the Window Trail. In the five years I've lived here, I have never hike the Window Trail. We bumped into some friends eating at the restaurant, Ray and Anita. They advised us that the Window Trail is 2.5 miles to the Window and 10 miles back. I knew it was going to be a hike but I had no idea it really was 'down' and then 'back up'.

We had almost arrived at the end of the trail to what is referred to as The Window when we passed a young couple returning from there. They told us that they had encountered a mother bear and her two cubs. They stated that the mother bear did not seem to concerned with them so they went on to the window and began the return hike when they encountered us. Well. I have had two mama bear encounters with cubs in both instances being alarmed and climbing a tree. In one case at Yosemite, the mother bear charged after me. I was lucky enough to have another hiker coming down the path towards me which prompted the mother bear to back off and return to her cub.

So, I was not ready to tempt fate again. However, the couple said that the mother bear had probably moved on off the path. On Raoul and I went and continued the hike towards the window. After a few feet, we noticed that the last few yards were in a small canyon with no where for us or the mother bear to go if we encountered each other. The wind blew again and we decided all at once and together to return to the parking lot. We hike on upwards and soon encountered the young couple. They asked if we had seen the bear. We said no. They then said that they encountered the bear just a few seconds prior to seeing us again. Apparently the bear and cubs had walked up the creek adjacent to the path and we had apparently not even noticed the mama and cubs. All four of us were glad to be together as we returned to the trail head. We began making noise, singing etc. It was an exciting day to say the least.

Below are the flowers we found while on our adventure today.

I think this is a species of Acacia which I believe is related to the Mimosa plant.

Cactus Wren nest as is typical in the crook of a Cholla cactus in the Chisos Basin.

A Mallow species of flowering plant along the Window Trail

The Window as seen from the trail head inside the Chisos Basin. We are at 6000 ft and looking down to Terlingua and the desert floor approx. 2800 - 3000 ft.

I didn't pay it much mind going down. I was semi-catatonic so I don't recall seeing it on the way back.

Appears to be a type of grasshopper I found hanging out on the inside of a Century Agave.

A closer view of the Century Agave bloom stalk.

I was exhausted
We felt great on the trail down. We were snapping and shooting photos like crazy. On the way back up from the Window was a different story. I was so tired all I was concentrating on was the right foot going in front of the left foot. If anything felt it was photogenic, it would have to have jumped in front of me and stopped me. Ray and Anita were right. It was 2.5 miles down and 10 miles back.

The sunset this evening was somewhat like the previous posted sunset.


Remember, the world is what we make it.


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