Monthly Archive: January, 2014

Salt Flat, Texas

On my drive to El Paso from the Guadalupe Mountains I unexpectedly came upon a gorgeous salt pan along Route 62/180. The shimmering white salt against the powder blue water pastel mountains was… Continue reading

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Part 3: McKittrick Canyon Trail

My last day at Guadalupe Mountains National Park I hiked the 6.8 section of the McKittrick Canyon Trail to the Grotto. Leading through the canyon, the trail is mostly flat and affords spectacular… Continue reading

Carlsbad Caverns National Park: An Interlude

I woke up the next day very sore with some actual pain so I decided not to hike The Bowl, instead calling intermission and heading 40 miles away for a day trip to… Continue reading

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Part 2: Guadalupe Peak

The next morning I set off bright and early to climb 3,000 feet to Guadalupe Peak, the tallest peak in Texas at 8,751 feet. I was just starting my ascent up the switchbacks… Continue reading

Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Part 1: Devil’s Hall Trail

After visiting the Mission San Luis de Apalachee I made my way west, all the way to Guadalupe Mountains National Park to spend a few days before meeting friends in El Paso for… Continue reading

Mission San Luis de Apalachee

The Mission San Luis de Apalachee was first built by the Spanish in 1633, housing both Franciscan friars and Spanish soldiers in addition to the Apalachees until its abandonment in 1704 due to… Continue reading

Drive along the Gulf Shore

After my adventure in Apalachicola National Forest, I decided to drive south to see the gulf shore in this area. I stopped at a couple random places, but I don’t actually know where… Continue reading

Apalachiocola National Forest: Wright Lake Trail

After an easy day wandering around the mounds, I was anxious to hike a bit so I headed to the Apalachiocola National Forest to do the Wright Lake Trail. It was a gorgeous,… Continue reading

Lake Jackson Mounds Archaeological State Park

The Lake Jackson Mounds State Park contains two earthen mounds available for public viewing. Once part of the Southeastern Ceremonial Complex which was the largest ceremonial center of the Fort Walton Native American… Continue reading

Happy

I am happy. Almost all of you who read this blog know me personally and care about me and so I want you to know this since I have not explicitly stated this… Continue reading