Places Visited, on Three Continents
PART THREE: NORTH AMERICA---U.S. State of TEXAS
In this list below are several items that are part of the Guadalupe Mountains National Park. If you are interested in visiting that park, there is now a map page for all the Guadalupe Mountains National Park hikes I have taken until mid-2014. It has the same links as given below, but places them in their locational context.
A new entry in Summer 2014, not noted on the above desribed map, GUADALUPE PEAK, highest point in Texas.
Later in 2014, in fact not posted until 2015, a wintry walk up to the Wilderness Ridge from McKittrick Canyon on the Permian Reef Trail (Complements a walk on Trail 45 to the same destination, almost, from the New Mexico side).
College Station, Texas, is where I learned English as a 12-year old immigrant. Six years later, after living in Galveston and Houston, in Texas, in Sulphur in Louisiana, and in the Los Angeles suburbs therafter, I wound up back in Texas, San Antonio this time, to transition into 4 years of military life. So Texas is in my history, and the memories are good.
In 2010, the first days of Spring, a job-interview trip to Carlsbad, New Mexico, landed me in El Paso, Texas, and my rental car brought me past Guadalupe Mountains National Park, on the New Mexico border.
A drive and short walk in the Guadalupe Mountains of New Mexico with some splendid vistas (some into Texas) and amazing vegetation.
A Summertime series of Guadalupe Ridge Road walks in the national forest that lies just north of Guadalupe Mountains National Park, with views into Devils Den and north McKittrick Canyon.
NORTH McKITTRICK CANYON: a walk into this branch of the canyon's Texas terminus with the main McKittrick Canyon, by the Pratt Cabin in Guadalupe Mountains National Park. (Complements a walk into the New Mexico start of the canyon, a future walk will connect these two starts, or maybe not, the next (third) attempt got to water sooner than expected! A fourth walk looked down on North McKittrick Canyon from its north rim to estimate the level of difficulty involved in walking down from the northern reach of the canyon; it was a nice walk but useless for judging difficulty. Will have to try again.
Although my time was limited, I was able to take two short hikes in this national park: about 3 hours in Dog Canyon and almost 2 hours in McKittrick Canyon.
It is now Fall, 2010. On a warm November morning I drove exactly 50 miles from my Carlsbad, New Mexico, home and parked at the McKittrick Canyon entry point. Just over 8 hours later I came out again, dragging. I had been to "the Notch." The scenery, especially with fall's best colors, was simply spectacular! At the end of these pages I added several more about my return to this canyon 8 days later. I just wanted to go back and see what lay beyond the Notch. . . . Then in 2013, on 12 September, there was a flood that ravaged/changed some portions of McKittrick canyon, some of these changes were appended to the 2010 pages linked above, and can also be accessed here. Click here to see just one part of this flood on YouTube as it exits the canyon where it is usually bone dry.
It is almost a month later. December 2010, and I took a long walk along the Tejas Trail from Dog Canyon up to see the view from Lost Peak. This walk caused me to gain about 1,500 feet (about 500 meters) in elevation and taxed my ability to do this sort of thing. But of course I will do more of it because it is both fun and a challenge.A long walk in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas, along the Bush Mountain, Marcus, Blue Ridge and Tejas trails. May, 2013.
Speaking of the Permian in southern New Mexico and west Texas, I have several pages on what it is and when it was.
I made four 10 to 12 minute movies: "Gifts from the Permian" (a musically accompanied series of four slide shows of the best I have seen, so far, in southern New Mexico and west Texas).
The Gypsum Plain does not respect the Texas-New Mexico state line, so although the Parks Ranch Caves visited on these pages are in New Mexico (near mile marker 10), these pages are listed here as well.
Two short hikes in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas. (1) The Devil's Hall, and (2) the Frijole Ranch's two nearby springs: (a) Manzanita Spring and (b) Smith Spring.
Another short hike in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, its Gypsum Sand Dunes. Plus a ride among the Cornudas Mountains just across the border in New Mexico.
A Summer 2015 (a relatively wet year in Texas) revisit to Smith Spring near Frijole Ranch in Guadalupe Mountains National Park.
One long August 2012 hike, for me, in the Guadalupe Mountains National Park, to see The Bowl, and to look down from Hunter's Peak.
And a week later, the Guadalupe Mountains National Park's Bowl again, but this time ascending up Bear Canyon, a wonderfully scenic canyon in places. I ought to do it again in Fall.
Yet another week later, the very end of August, a hike from Dog Canyon to the McKittrick Canyon Trail for some looks into South McKittrick Canyon.
A hike along McKittrick Ridge to close a map-gap (see Item 3 on this map-page for an explanation)
Would I lie to you? Not intentionally. But turns out where I thought I was on one of my pages is not where I was. To learn that, I had to take a 9.5 hour walk, about 15 miles, with about a 2,000 foot (~ 600 Meters) of elevation gain, up to near the top of McKittrick Canyon, Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas.
"Deep in the Heart of Texas!" A very short visit to San Angelo, Texas, to see the statues of the "two Angelas" ('dos Angelos') and the Concho River downtown.
Photos and a few words about the Hindu Temple in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas.
Some photos of a rainbow in Texas while driving from El Paso to Carlsbad, New Mexico.
Sierra Diablo mountain and its 10,000-year clock project.
A first visit to Big Bend National Park, Texas.
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