Well, I’m embarrassed! I just found this post from nearly a year ago still in draft form. So much for my detailed travel blog writing… Anyway, here it is one year later!

Headed into the Basin of Big Bend National Park

A week has passed since we returned from our Big Bend Adventure, and I’m just now writing about our first day of hikes. I SO underestimated the amount of time that I would need to recover!

We arrived in Study Butte Wednesday night and set out Thursday morning for what would be a full day of the most strenuous exercise I can ever remember.

As we started off down the trail, the air was cool and breezy. The trail was plenty wide and fairly level, and the view was amazing no matter which way we looked.

Ken and I stopped frequently along the way to snap a LOT of pictures, and so it wasn’t long before Matt was a tiny speck ahead of us, off in the distance. If you look very closely in the second photo, maybe you can see him.

He would finally get so far ahead, though,  that he would just sit and wait for us geezers to catch up. Fortunately, he enjoys the scenery as much as we do.

One of the highlights of the morning was the little roadrunner who appeared in the path ahead of us and seemed to be planning to make the hike with us. It was the closest I’ve ever been to a roadrunner, even though it is the state bird of New Mexico where I’m from.

You can tell from this next photo that Matt had plenty of time and energy to do some exploring and rock climbing while Ken and I hiked along the trail.