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#5650740 - 03/14/15 12:09 AM Big Bend National Park Spring Break - Picture Heavy
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Just got back from a great trip to Big Bend NP. We hiked right at 30 miles in 5 days. Highly recommended. Hope you enjoy.



We got camp setup Sunday afternoon and hiked into Boquillas Canyon



There were three Mexicans sitting on the other side of the river monitoring this little setup here that they put on the trail.



There was also a Mexican singing from a canoe with jars setup with cardboard signs saying "Tips for the singing Mexican Jesus".

Down in the canyon



View of the town of Boquillas in Mexico



The next morning we did a short hike up near camp just to check out the sunrise.

The sun about to come up over the Sierra del Carmen mountains in Mexico



And the Chisos Mountains facing the opposite direction





My beautiful wife





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#5650741 - 03/14/15 12:10 AM Re: Big Bend National Park Spring Break - Picture Heavy [Re: changedmyname]
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Next we hiked up Grapevine Hills trail to the balancing rock

You can see the trail below



And the rock



Later we took this pic of the mule ears



Then we hike Tuff Canyon and got this shot of some bluebonnets. They are everywhere right now.



At the bottom of Tuff Canyon




Here we were headed up Lost Mine Trail

Views headed up the trail







At the top!





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#5650744 - 03/14/15 12:10 AM Re: Big Bend National Park Spring Break - Picture Heavy [Re: changedmyname]
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Here's the oldest standing adobe structure in the park in Castolon village with a view of Santa Elena Canyon in the background



The dogs getting some swimming in outside the park. Yep, they went to Mexico and I didn't.





Graveyard in Terelingua Ghost Town



This is an old movie set where they filmed a few movies including Streets of Laredo (sequel to Lonesome Dove).




We hiked Ernst Tinaja.



At the Tinaja. Deer and mountain lion have been found drowned here.



Here we were hiking into Santa Elena Canyon (the same one in the far distance of the above adobe house pic)



Santa Elena looking up



At the bottom



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#5650745 - 03/14/15 12:11 AM Re: Big Bend National Park Spring Break - Picture Heavy [Re: changedmyname]
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And finally the best part. Yesterday we hiked Emory Peak which is the highest point in the park at about 7900'. The hike is 10.6 miles round trip.

Emory Peak from bottom



Heading up. I did about 90% of all the hikes like this



Mexican Jay



Some vultures



A bee hive




First you hike up 3.8 mile to this junction then the final stretch to Emory Peak



Still going



Getting closer





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#5650747 - 03/14/15 12:11 AM Re: Big Bend National Park Spring Break - Picture Heavy [Re: changedmyname]
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Finally we made it. The last 30 ft or so is literally a rock climb straight up. My wife was freaking out and only did it because I took the kids up and she didn't want them out of her sight up there. lol
I'm kind of bummed that the pictures don't really capture how high we really were but in a few of them you can see the buildings at the bottom where we started.










Thanks for looking!

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#5650764 - 03/14/15 12:18 AM Re: Big Bend National Park Spring Break - Picture Heavy [Re: changedmyname]
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Man that's awesome, great experience with the family. How old's your boy? Our youngest is 3 so I can see trips like this in our near future.
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#5650769 - 03/14/15 12:26 AM Re: Big Bend National Park Spring Break - Picture Heavy [Re: Tres]
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Wow what a great thing to share with the family,nothing compares with the different beauty we all share in the Great State of Texas. texas

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#5650771 - 03/14/15 12:27 AM Re: Big Bend National Park Spring Break - Picture Heavy [Re: changedmyname]
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Great pictures, thanks for sharing.
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#5650775 - 03/14/15 12:35 AM Re: Big Bend National Park Spring Break - Picture Heavy [Re: Tres]
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Originally Posted By: Tres
Man that's awesome, great experience with the family. How old's your boy? Our youngest is 3 so I can see trips like this in our near future.


Thanks! It was pretty fun.
The boy is 5. We have been taking them places like this for years. I've done a lot of carrying lol. It is worth it though.

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#5650796 - 03/14/15 02:22 AM Re: Big Bend National Park Spring Break - Picture Heavy [Re: changedmyname]
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Looks like an awesome time! How was the campsite? Never been out that way so sorry if this is a ridiculous question but, is it a pretty safe area to camp?

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#5650800 - 03/14/15 03:26 AM Re: Big Bend National Park Spring Break - Picture Heavy [Re: changedmyname]
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Great pictures, great family outing! Go Tech!
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#5650802 - 03/14/15 04:35 AM Re: Big Bend National Park Spring Break - Picture Heavy [Re: changedmyname]
David G Offline
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Nice pic's. Just got back myself. It's beautiful.

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#5650808 - 03/14/15 05:35 AM Re: Big Bend National Park Spring Break - Picture Heavy [Re: changedmyname]
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Nice pics!
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#5650825 - 03/14/15 06:26 AM Re: Big Bend National Park Spring Break - Picture Heavy [Re: changedmyname]
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Awesome photos up If those hills could talk, long history there.
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#5650839 - 03/14/15 06:57 AM Re: Big Bend National Park Spring Break - Picture Heavy [Re: changedmyname]
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Great photos sir. That is a great family adventure for sure. I really miss West Texas and have hiked many of the same trails you guys were on. Thanks for sharing your photos!! Baker
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