Hiking in Big Bend National Park

The view from the Window was as expansive as I've ever seen it, the air was so clean.

The view from the Window was as expansive as I’ve ever seen it, the air was so clean.  It can be quite smoggy.

Yes, I know I’ve written about this before, but we’re just back from our sixth visit to this spectacular place and I want to share some of it with you.  This time I invited my close friends, the bird banding team from CT Audubon’s Birdcraft Museum and Sanctuary to come with us and we were joined by my very good friend Carla from Texas (she of the excellent bird spotting eyes).  We spent a week hiking and birding and having fun.  The weather was spectacular.  We had to work a little harder to see the birds as there was more water in the park so the birds weren’t forced into the few waterholes.  The bonus for us was that the desert was blooming.

I’ve written about my very favorite spot  Cattail Falls before but this time the Falls had more water than we have ever seen and the little grotto has developed a defense mechanism in that the entrance is thick with poison oak.

I wonder why they call it Boot Canyon....   :)

I wonder why they call it Boot Canyon…. 🙂

We hiked to Boot Spring via the Pinnacles Trail through Boot Canyon and had a number of sightings of the Colima Warbler, a bird that breeds only in this spot in the United States.  This time we saw no bears but the mules had just brought up mulch for the composting outhouses and they were tethered near the spring.

The steep trails are easily negotiated by mules.

The steep trails are easily negotiated by mules.

One of the last hikes we took was to Burro Mesa Pouroff.  This easy hike is only a mile round trip and the box canyon is well worth visiting.

Burro Mesa Pour-off has been formed by the run-off of flash flood waters from Javelina Wash.   To me this spectacular site is more beautiful than any cathedral.  Our bonus was a sighting of the endangered Black-capped Vireo.

Burro Mesa Pour-off has been formed by the run-off of flash flood waters from Javelina Wash. To me this spectacular site is more beautiful than any cathedral. Our bonus was a sighting of the endangered Black-capped Vireo.

Next time I’ll post pictures of some of the birds and other fauna we encountered.

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    Peg said,

    Thank you for sharing. Great photos!

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    Carla said,

    What a great trip that was. Your photos bring back so many wonderful memories.
    Carla

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