Saturday, March 27, 2010

Grapevine Hills Trail, Big Bend NP Day 7 prt 1

Howdee all

March 25

Grapevine Hills trail to Balanced rock

2 mile round trip

Easy hike..a bit of a scramble to balanced rock

 Grapevine to Balanced rock_002The trail begins on the 8 mile Grapevine Hills dirt road.Grapevine to Balanced rock_003

Be prepared to be Stoned…:)

I took lots of photos of these rock formationsGrapevine to Balanced rock_010The trail follows a gravel creek bedGrapevine to Balanced rock_011  Passing thru some incredible rocks..

Indian legend says that when God finished making the word, he tossed all the leftovers in Big Bend.

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I can imagine that here

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Leftover rocks thrown about

Grapevine to Balanced rock_018 I noticed these quartz crystals all over the ground in this area..

No collecting allowed in National parks..

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I think this was one of the most interesting areas in Big BendGrapevine to Balanced rock_029As far as the formations.. Grapevine to Balanced rock_030

The park is huge..so many more areas to exploreGrapevine to Balanced rock_032   Probably more hidden beauties like this area…

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  Are you stoned enough yet?

Grapevine to Balanced rock_037 This large rock looks like a face side view, smiling face..Grapevine to Balanced rock_035

That's how I felt out here…

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all smilesGrapevine to Balanced rock_043What amazing rocks.. Grapevine to Balanced rock_063

And then… the scramble to Balanced rock

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I took a few photos here..Grapevine to Balanced rock_049 I climbed a few rocks to take photos from the east looking west

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  Have you been sufficiently stoned?Grapevine to Balanced rock_053   I know I was…it was incredible..Grapevine to Balanced rock_056   This place is awesome..  Grapevine to Balanced rock_058 We had lunch here..and then it was time to goGrapevine to Balanced rock_065

To our final hike of the day

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The Windows..

6 comments:

  1. The grooves and patterns on the rocks are really interesting. Great pictures and interesting info. Thanks Dawn.

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  2. Hi Dawn!
    Those patterns and formations look awesome!
    That indian legend makes sense!
    Beautiful place :)

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  3. LOve the smiling face in the rock and all the different rock formations. I was so stoned after reading your blog,I got the muchies :)

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  4. Howdee all.
    glad you all enjoyed this Stoney hike..I loved it..

    hee hee Diane..Hope I didnt make you eat too much..

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