Birdwatching Travel

West Texas adventure, Part 2

On the 17th, we woke up a bit late and dawdled, and since it was getting warmer we decided to stay up at higher elevation and do the Lost Mine Trail. This was a first for me, and something that I probably would have not done except for the recommendations of friends. The trail has an interpretive guide that is based on numbered stops along the trail. We had fun reading them out loud, and it gave us a lot of good resting time. The views along the trail were amazing, I would definitely do it again. There weren’t very many people on the trail, which was nice.

Watch out for mountain lions!
Big Bend National Park

This Mexican jay posed for me.
Big Bend National Park

Claret cup cactus were blooming along the trail.
Big Bend National Park

Also ocotillo.
Big Bend National Park

The view from the top.
Big Bend National Park

Tired but happy at the top.
Big Bend National Park

We rested in the afternoon, then ate at the lodge. The food there has vastly improved, and they even have a salad bar!


  1. Vertie

    May 23, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Sounds like a wonderful trip. We hiked that Lost Mine trail as well. Great views.

  2. Cheryl

    May 26, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    Great little story! I love the Bluejay shot…wow! what color. And, just how hot was it? I mean, to hike?

  3. Jeff

    October 28, 2010 at 10:14 pm

    Man, Big Bend is beautiful. I definitely need to make it down there. I’m up in North Texas (Fort Worth) and it’s flat as can be. I didn’t know there was actual elevated areas in Texas…lol. Awesome pictures. Makes me want to go hiking. Thanks.

    Jeff | Plants Covers For The Gardener

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