Where we stayed; BJ's RV Park in Terlingua
Window View Trail (super short .3 miles)
I forgot my big camera, so had to bust out the iphone cam.
We had our picnic lunch surrounded by the Chisos Mountains. The kids are starting to revolt against turkey sandwiches, so I decided to surprise them with their favorite artery-clogging treat - spam musubis (spam and rice wrapped up with seaweed)!
Isn't the window view so pretty? After being down in the dry brown desert for so long, it was nice to see some green up here in the mountains. There were even pine trees mixed in with some of the cactus.
Lost Mine Trail (2 miles for the part we did)
From the Chisos Visitor Center where we ate lunch, it was just a quick couple minute drive down the road to the Lost Mine Trailhead. Many of the rangers say this is their favorite hike in the park. Instead of hiking the entire trail, we opted to turn around at the 1 mile mark (trail marker 10). One mile in got us up to a ridge where the views were huge in all directions...well, except where that fog was blowing across the mountain top. We loved this shaded hike through real trees!
Grapevine Hills Trail to Balanced Rock (2.2 mile roundtrip)
The kids were so excited when we told them we had another hike in mind (groans from the backseat). We had to take a seven mile dirt road to get to the trailhead. It was the longest seven miles ever but was totally worth it. Most of the hike was on a flat trail along the bottom of these walls of rocks. At the end, you have to scramble up some big rocks to get to the special "balanced rock." All the kids made it up and loved climbing around on the boulders.
Someone got a ride for the flat part, but then once we hit the climb, he wanted to do it himself. Can you see all the gray hairs he's giving me?
I'll be sharing our travel plans, some reviews, cooking ideas (because I know you are all jealous of my easy-bake oven), and ... oh who am I kidding?! I'll be lucky to get our photos posted!