Today was my first(and perhaps last) winter hiking this year. I went to the best place I could think of nearby, Devil's Lake State Park , the only significant uphill hiking terrain in the area. It was much harder than I thought and we had to go off-trail a few times because the steps were way too icy. But it was very pretty.
Continuing with my quest to reach the high point in all fifty states, I came to Taum Sauk Mountain in Missouri. At just 1772 ft, its one of the lower high points in the United States and there is only a short walk from the parking lot to the high point. However, afterwards, there is quite a long hike down to Mina Sauk Falls and another 10 miles or so if you (...)
On my way back from Big Bend, I decided to continue my goal of getting to the highest point in each of the 50 states. I therefore, visited Mount Magazine State Park to check Arkansas off the list. I arrived in late afternoon so the view was pretty good, especially this of the fading sun:
The next few days at Big Bend were all spent hiking the wonderful Chisos Mountains, mostly on the Emory Peak trail and the Lost Mine peak trail. The top of Emory was great:
Of course there is an elevation marker at the tip:
Finally on the texas trip I arrived at Big Bend National Park, a remote national park on the border of Texas and Mexico that is 4 hours for any major city. No major highway runs close to the park so its about a 90 minute drive to reach the interstate from here. This is beautiful desert wilderness with mountains.
I rented a cabin at Wildhorse Station. No (...)
Went to visit Natural Bridge Caverns just out of San Antonio on my trip. Its the largest open cave system in the state of texas. There were two tours and I went onto both. The cave is bigger than most I've been in and some of the rooms were absolutely huge. Its a pretty neat place to visit with lots of structures like these:
A visit into the Houston area just would not be complete without a Visit to the NASA Johnson station where the control rooms for the US space program are. Inside were many models of spacemen:
And also many pictures of model control rooms and spaceships:
I finally have good wi-fi and post the rest of the Texas Trip. After Houston and Galveston, San Antonio was the next stop. San Antonio's city is th 2nd biggest in the state but its Metro Area is far smaller than Houston or Dallas. The town has an old and historic feel to it. No visit to San Antonio is complete without remembering the Alamo:
Went to downtown Houston against and up to the 60th floor of the J.P. Morgan chase building for a free look for the observation deck.
The view was pretty (...)
Today I drove about an hour and a half from Houston to Galveston and visited Galveston Island State Park . The beaches are not nearly as good as the ones in Florida, but there were still some good photos to be taken.
No Aquamarine waters though like in the Florida keys but plenty of Marshland. There (...)