Chimneys Trail

Day two of our Big Bend adventure took us down Ross Maxwell Scenic Road towards Santa Elena Canyon.  Wanting to enjoy the somewhat cool early morning breeze, we set out on the Chimneys Trail. Located about 13 miles south on Ross Maxwell Scenic Road, the Chimneys Trail is a well marked path that takes hikers … More Chimneys Trail

Tornillo Flat Overlook

Upon exiting  the Big Bend Fossil Exhibit, a white sidewalk leading upwards captured our attention.  The sidewalk ended at an overlook of Tornillo Flat, so named for the small mesquite tree, the tornillo, that flourish in this area. At Tornillo Flat, scientists have discovered remains from the Paleocene (65-23 million years ago) and Eocene Epoch … More Tornillo Flat Overlook

Big Bend Fossil Discovery Exhibit

When Austin was a little guy, he became enamored with dinosaurs.  He memorized each name and each distinguishing characteristic, and, with enthusiasm, would embark on lengthy descriptive conversations to any willing ear.  Spending hours combing through his lofty collection of prehistoric books, I soon found this topic to be highly fascinating! Even though he has … More Big Bend Fossil Discovery Exhibit

Throw Back Thursday – Small Towns With Intrigue

One thing that Arkansas is abundant in is small towns with intrigue.  It seems like every town has its own interesting story! Evening Shade is a great example.  This town of a little more than four hundred became famous in the 1990’s when it became the setting and namesake for a popular sitcom staring Burt … More Throw Back Thursday – Small Towns With Intrigue

The Window Trail – Big Bend National Park

One of the “must see” hikes at Big Bend National Park, the Window Trail proved to be an excellent introduction into this remote area.  On the National Park Service website, the distance of the hike is about 5.5 miles from the Visitors Center near the Chisos Mountain Lodge.  However, we found parking in the campsite/picnic … More The Window Trail – Big Bend National Park