Visiting Friends in El Paso, Part 2: Hiking the Ron Coleman Trail at McKelligon Canyon

Chrissy also brought us to Franklin Mountains State Park to hike McKelligon Canyon, a steep hike up the canyon walls that offers spectacular views of El Paso and the surrounding countryside. About halfway… Continue reading

Visiting Friends in El Paso, Part 1: Swimming

I next spent about a week in El Paso visiting my friends Chrissy and Carrie over New Years. And while – very, very sadly – Rachel, Jen, and Andrew could not join us,… Continue reading

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