Thursday, June 17, 2010

Memorial Day Weekend

For Memorial Day we took a quick trip up to Palo Duro Canyon State Park, a few hours north of Lubbock. We were there about a year and a half ago and hiked to the Light House, which is a popular rock formation there at the park. This time we wanted to try something different so we hiked around our campsite for a while and then headed up to the top of the canyon and hiked the C.C.C trail, which was the only trail we found that gets you up along the rim of the canyon. We really enjoyed the view that it gave us of the canyon.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Sunrise at Big Bend

On our last day in the park we got up early and enjoyed the sunrise. It was a fairly overcast day so even after the sun came up it was still kind of dark. Here are a few that I liked.

After we packed up we decided we'd head to a nearby trail that has the parks only "window" rock formation. It sounded interesting and since it was sort of out of the way it wasn't supposed to have alot of traffic. I've never seen one of these formations before so it was pretty cool spot.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Santa Elena Canyon

Our second day at Big Bend we left the mountains and headed for the river. We enjoyed Santa Elena canyon, it was very different from the mountains and just a short drive down the road. Jessica did such a better job than I could of writing about it I'll just post a link to her post .

On the way back to our campsite we stopped to take in the sunset. This was right by Goat Mountain for those familiar with the park. Jessica also got to see her first javelina.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Big Bend: The Chisos Mountains

Jessica and I did some camping in Big Bend National Park during the first half of Spring Break. We left Cate with my parents and headed to the park. We had a great time exploring, and taking pictures. I'll probably take a few posts and put some up.

The campgrounds normally fill up during Spring Break, but we were able to get a couple of backcountry sites the morning we arrived. The first night our campsite was in Big Bend's mountains, the Chisos. We hiked up to our campsite that morning, set up our camp and headed for the South Rim. The South Rim is the Southern edge of the Mountains and we had read that it gave a great view of the park. It took around eight hours round trip.

Here is the view from the South Rim. Jessica and I both took quite a few from here, here's one.

The sun set on us while we were still hiking back to our camp and we got to get a good look at it. Our campsite was in a pocket of flat grassy land up in the mountains; this is a spot around our site.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Snow Day

I've been trying to get out and make the most of the cold weather and take some "wintery" pictures with all the ice and snow we had. Back in February they canceled school one day for weather. I took the opportunity to go up to tech early that morning and take some pictures. Here are a few:

Progression of the Fish Face

I stayed home with Cate last week because she wasn't feeling well, turns out she is teething. Cate occasionally makes this puckered up face and I was able to catch it while we were at home.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Guadalupe Peak

We took advantage of our last free weekend before we had to go back to work by taking Cate on her inaugural trip to Ft. Stockton. She seemed to like it alright, and her grandparents certainly liked having her there. That weekend was also historic because it is the longest to date that Jessica and I have been away from Cate. We decided we could leave the her long enough to make a quick drive (three hours) to Guadalupe Peak, climb it, climb down, and drive back (three more hours) back. Our motivation was that Guadalupe Peak is the highest point in Texas and we had never climbed it. Jessica and I hadn't gotten to do any hiking together in awhile, and we really like the Davis Mountains area and wanted to check this also. We had intended on leaving early while Cate was still sleeping, but Cate wasn't doing a whole lot of sleeping that night so we didn't hit the road until around 11:00 am. We headed down I-10, stopped briefly at Sonora to gas up and get some Subway and then headed on to the peak. It was a pretty nice day for a hike, and we made it up and down in pretty good time. The peak is a part of Guadalupe National Park, and we'd love to go back sometime and do some camping and explore it a little. We'll have to add that to the list of places we want to visit when we can put Cate in one of those baby packs. On a side note Jessica noticed this tree covered in more lady bugs than I've ever seen; I included a few of those.