Test Hike: Big Bend, Texas
Test Hike: National Park, Big Bend
There are few places warm enough to hike this winter time of year. Even spring has its iffy weather.
As I’ve been to Big Bend, I’m going there in March before humans ruin it, the desert sun kills, and the toxic plants and animals still dormant.
It’s fairly inexpensive to fly to El Paso, and hitch hike south to the ‘Bend.
I’ve been there many times before and the Park’s rugged isolation appeals. Folks are really friendly, helpful, it’s hilly, and it’s warm.
However, the ecosystem kills: everything evolved thorns or toxins for defense or go without water for months.
Being a relatively frail human, I have to be more careful. Going with a small group and hiring a guide.
It’s a dangerous, beautiful, even exotic place. The nearest health provider is hours away.
I will test-drive my stove, boots, power of attorney, and tune up my hiking legs.
Big Bend has limited altitude, the exact variable needed to really test myself.
Oh well, one must do the best one can. Right?
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