Here we are!
We left our friends side yard in Alpine, TX on Friday and headed south.
We are staying in an RV park in Terlingua just outside of Big Bend NP.
We have no cell phone reception and spotty wifi at the RV park. Our mifi device is useless here as well.
Friday we just settled in to the campground and took a brief walk on some public lands outside of the rv park looking for rocks. We did find quite a few pieces of calcite and one large green colored calcite.
Will explore the area more this week to see what goodies we may find.
Saturday was Jeff's turn to decide our fate for the day so he took us to Upper Burro Mesa trail.
Upper Burro Mesa Pour-off Trail
Difficulty: Moderate; Distance: 3.8 miles round trip
Begin at pull-off, mile 6.6, Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive
This route follows a dry wash downstream to the top of the 100-foot Burro Mesa Pour-off. The trail includes some large rocks to climb down, where some rock scrambling may be necessary. Pay attention on the return hike to ensure that you follow the same drainages. Trail subject to flash flooding.
Mid 80s and a bit above my favorite hiking weather..
Luckily we had some nice breezes..
Not enough breeze to keep these critters from flying and landing all over us..
Thank goodness they only annoyed us and didn’t bite.
There were many wildflowers blooming.
I didn’t have a guide with me to ID these flowers, but when I got back to camp I downloaded the app Flowers of the Trans Pecos area.
a type of
Phacelia ~not sure which one.
possibly P. crenulata Via Michael Eason
ID via Michael Eason
Streptanthus carinatus = Lyreleaf jewelflower
via Michael Eason
Thymophylla sp (probably pentachaeta)
When Jeff and I were here four years ago we hiked the trail to the pour off from the lower Burro mesa trail.
Yuccas are blooming throughout Big Bend now..
Via Michael Eason
I am hoping my horticultural friends and family might help me.
See the difference in color?
We came from the darker colored stones..
we met the wash..
Thanks to John Karges for the ID
The lizard is a Greater Earless Lizard (southwestern subspecies), Cophosaurus texanus
The pathway became narrower and we walked over smoothed water worn rocks..
It was here we saw Canyon and Rock wrens, Cardinals, Ash-throated flycatcher and a pair of Black-tailed Gnatcatchers
This was the end of the road for us..
Four years ago Jeff and I did the lower Burro Mesa hike to the pour off area..
The photo below shows Jeff at the bottom of the pour off.
Imagine a good rain~ the waterfall must be amazing.
Time to retrace our steps..
I take the climb first.
It looks steeper than it is.
I got my Muther worried when she saw this photo on facebook.
Its ok Mom..not very steep at all.I ♥ This hike.. The window heading back to the trailhead.
On the way back we took a break and sat in the birdie area on some quartz veins to have lunch and recharge.
Loved the scenery, the wildflowers and the birds we saw..
Thanks friends for your help with the IDs! I really appreciate it~
Birds we saw on the trail
Mar 15, 2014
Big Bend NP--Burro Mesa pouroff
All birds reported? Yes
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