Day 1 at Big Bend National Park, Texas

First, we want to say hello to ALL of the students in Ms. Benson’s class in Spencerport.  We are so happy you are enjoying our website and learning from our adventures.  There are way too many questions to answer but we will try and be sure to include exciting things that you all may enjoy.
Campsite at Stillwell Store
Campsite at Stillwell Store

We arrived on Thursday evening and again set up in record time.  The Stillwell Store was pretty empty and we had our pick of sites.  We noticed a fellow camper from our previous location, who had also made his home here. We didn’t know it then but we would be inviting him for breakfast on Saturday.

Entering the Park
Entering the Park

Finally, the weather cooperated and we headed out on the bikes. 

Kim enjoy's one of the billions of picturesque vistas
Kim enjoying one of the billions of picturesque vistas

First day at Big Bend was great.  We set out into the park which was about 9 miles from our campsite.  Once in the park, it was still quite a drive to get to the good stuff.  We decided to try an off the beaten path road called Ore road. The first 8 miles or so were great, however the trail got tougher as we went on.  Although Kim insisted on trying it, things didn’t go as planned, as you can see by the location of her bike.  That was one of 4 dumps for the day and a few good bruises to show for it.  The views however were well worth it.  We also had the pleasure of chatting with two couples (Ontario and Texas) who were 4 wheeling and lunching on the trail. 
Kim dumps her bike for the first time on Orr road
Kim dumps her bike for the first time on Old Ore Road


Timer shot in front of Casa Grande in the Chisos Basin
Timer shot in front of Casa Grande in the Chisos Basin


 After we made our way out of Orr road we headed for the Chisos Basin. Holy Cow!!!!This place is tremendous. The pictures cannot do justice to the majestic views.



Big Bend is one of he largest but less traveled of the National Parks. All we can say is you really should find a way to check it out. We can’t wait to see what the rest of the park looks like.

View of the Window from Chisos Basin
View of the Window from Chisos Basin

2 Responses to “Day 1 at Big Bend National Park, Texas”

  1. Natalie says:

    Hey guys! I’m glad you are enjoying decent weather and cool sights! Was this one of the parks I gave you info. on? I thought I remembered reading about it… So where are you going to be for Christmas? We are enjoying having power after the ice storm but are being hit by a series of serious snow storms, 8 inches yesterday, and more than that coming in tomorrow. Just enough time to dig out. Don’t you miss shoveling???? Scraping the ice off the windshield and windows….On the other hand it’s great for snowmobiling! Can’t wait to see where you’re off to next! Miss you both! Nat

  2. admin says:

    Hey Nat,

    I saw both of your comments… I miss you too. I did get TWO bottles. Remember, we are living on a fixed income… I can’t be too out of control if I don’t want to come home early. Crazy snow the notheast is getting. My boss emailed me and said school was closed on Friday. Luke texted me today and said we could be snowmobiling in Webster. A white Christmas is always nice and festive:) By the way this was one of the parks you gave me information on. It peaked my interest and when we did some more investigating it was a done deal. It is sooooo cool. I really never heard of it before but I would say it has to rank up there with some of the other biggies like Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier, etc… I will let you know:) I hope you are thinking about coming out one of these days. I think we are going to try and hit Colorado in August but don’t quote me on that yet. Cell service is sketchy here at best but I will try and give you a call this week.

    Love to you…

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