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“DID YOU HEAR THAT?” – ON FEAR OF THE NOISES OUTSIDE YOUR TENT

A friend of mine recently asked, “Don’t you get scared sleeping in a tent?” The short answer is: yes. Absolutely and often. Well, let me be completely honest: I encounter some level of fear every time I sleep in a tent. The long answer is: yes. But it’s not that bad, because the main cause of my fear at night is noise + a healthy imagination. Let me explain. …

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK – HOT SPRINGS

In the early 1900s, the location of the Big Bend hot springs functioned as a small health spa featuring a bathhouse, motel, post office and trading post. Today, the old buildings are still intact and able to be viewed from the Hot Springs Canyon Rim Trail along with pictographs on the cliff walls that line the hike, a testament to the popularity of the area far before the 20th century. …

BLACK ROCK PARK & LONGHORN CAVERN STATE PARK – A WEEKEND IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

The Texas Hill Country is a well-loved area of our state. With its rolling hills and booming wine country, it has become not only a vacation destination, but a retirement destination as well. It is the beauty of the area that called Andoni’s parents to build a home there recently. As the house plans developed and building got under way, they made several trips to the area to monitor progress. On one of those trips, we decided to join them at Black Rock Park, a public park managed by the LCRA (Lower Colorado River Authority). …

BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK – BACKPACKING THE SOUTH RIM

If you read our post about planning this trip, you know that it was our first time backpacking, ever. To say we were pumped was an understatement. We were willing to leave both of our families on Christmas day and take on a 9 hour roadtrip to get the job done.

In the end? So worth it. 

One of the highlights of the trip, and the hike Pattie was looking forward to most was to the South Rim. Here’s a chronicle of that journey. …