Since I was staying another night in Chisos Basin, I decided I better make the best of it and do a hike! I hopped on the Window Trail and it did not disappoint.
The Window Trail is a 3 1/2 mile hike that descends almost the entire way, until you reach the end, where the window awaits.
It was a fun hike, with different obstacles along the way to keep you interested.
As I was huffing and puffing my way along the trail, I was thinking that it was a pretty tough trail to kick off my Big Bend hiking, but little did I know, pretty much every trail in Big Bend kicks your butt! I arrived to the window, which is a split between the rocks, that opens up to a view looking straight into Mexico. It was an impressive the sight!
I sat there for quite some time, just soaking it in. After all I had been through, it was nice to let nature do it’s thing and feed me that grounding energy. Once I felt like I had relished the view for long enough, I started the ascent back. I spent the rest of the evening relaxing and preparing for the drive to my primitive campsite in the morning.
I woke up the next morning, ready to take on that scary mountain road. I got in the drivers seat and told the kitties, “Hang on to your furry britches babies! Mama is getting us outta here!” I wiggled my way out of the campground, dropped Mander into first gear and climbed out of Chisos Basin. When I finally got to level ground, I breathed a huge sigh of relief! Just a little further to Croton Spring and I wouldn’t have to move again for 13 days!
Here’s the thing about Big Bend. It’s known as a tire poppin’ park. The primitive campsites are located off dirt roads, as are some of the hikes and scenic drives. Most of the roads to the primitive sites require you to have high clearance and off road capabilities, which is why I had such a hard time finding an available spot for an RV when I first arrived. Before I arrived, I had heard more than one story recounting flat tires from driving in Big Bend. Needless to say, that was in the back of my mind as I turned down the dirt road that would lead me to my site. Boy was I glad I didn’t push to get in somewhere else! If this was okayed for RV’s, I didn’t wanna know what the other roads were like!
Overall, the road was rough but doable as long as I took it slow. There were 2 washout points where my scooter carrier scraped and my house moved in ways I wasn’t comfortable with, but we made it! I was beyond excited to call this spot my home for the next 13 days.
I had a view of the Chisos Mountains, a trail in my “backyard” to hike and over 800,000 acres of park to explore. I off loaded my scooter and set up camp. It was February 14th, valentines day, and I was in love!
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