Thursday, June 28, 2007

Back from the Chihuahuan Desert

Well, I'm back from Big Bend. I was only away for six days, but it was a really wonderful trip. I was able to make some great new friends, and see some of the most beautiful country in the world. I managed to get a head cold (not that fun in the hot desert) and had one of the scariest experiences in my life on the trip back (I'll give details later), but I wouldn't have traded it for most anything in the world.

I have the same distinct feeling I had upon leaving Alaska for the first time seven or so years ago. I'll do almost anything to get back. We saw some amazing landscapes, plants and animals. For me though, the most fun was being out in nature far away from the hustle and bustle with a bunch of great people who appreciate wildness as much (or more in a few cases) than I do. I also have a new favorite plant: Arbutus xalapensis or Texas Madrone. I think it is one of the most beautiful trees I've ever seen. Here is a photo that doesn't do it justice.

It is hard to say what the highlight was, but perhaps it was the hike to the South Rim, considered the best view in Texas. On a good day, one can see 200 miles into Mexico. Not quite so far for my visit the other day, but amazing none the less.

Sunday, June 17, 2007

Sunday Nature Photos