#Caturdays are the best days for climbing fine trees.
One final thought about Big Bend National Park: it’s one of the most remote places we visited in the US. Our guide book said that to get to the park’s north entrance, you take US 385 from Marathon, which made Marathon sound like some sort of major hub. In fact, Marathon is a tiny place with 400 inhabitants and one gas station 59 miles from I-10, the nearest highway, and 250 miles from the nearest international airport in El Paso. Driving from Marathon to the park's northern entrance was a further 39 miles, and once we had entered the park, we drove another 46 miles to get to our campground on the banks of the Rio Grande. Luckily there are two gas stations in the park itself, otherwise no one would ever make it out of here. The third photo of the truck was taken opposite Marathon’s only gas station, which shows what happens if you run out of gas in these parts. 😜
Sonny’s camping tips: If you take a #Caturday road trip with your humans, invite friends along. More friends = more fun and more laps to choose from. 😽Huge thanks to @karascannell @elanabeiser @rivarichmond @allyace79 @michelebickford, @instaluth @melanie_fedok and Eric and @charlotte_rose65 and family, who all joined us at one point or another on the road!
A few more views of Big Bend’s National Park’s stunning Chisos Mountains. We only have another 500 or so photos from Big Bend, but we promise not to share them all! 😋
If you’re ever in Big Bend National Park, the hike to Balanced Rock is an easy two-mile round trip. Here’s the view from Balanced Rock and the view of the valley we hiked to get there. Not shown: Shane climbing on and then falling off a big boulder, which messed up his back for several days. 🙄
Sorry folks, but we STILL have a few more Big Bend pics to share. 😑Here’s Shane near the beginning of The Window Trail.
It’s #caturday. Stick your feet in the air like you just don’t care.
Our visit to Big Bend National Park brought us so many new experiences. This was the first place on our journey around the US where we were so far away from urban development that the night sky was completely black and the stars beamed down like car headlamps. It was the first place where we saw coyotes and roadrunners and the only place we saw a javelina. But one of our top memories of our visit is driving back to our campground on the Rio Grande after a long day of hiking and watching the setting sun turning the Sierra del Carmen mountains gold.
Thinking of our followers in the US this Memorial Day. 🇺🇸 And to our UK followers, happy late May bank holiday! 🇬🇧 Here's another shot from Big Bend National Park and another terrible selfie of us both!😜