[Capitol Reef National Park, UT – Mar 25, 2022] You know I love to make the most of my long weekends. At the end of March, most Californians get a day off to celebrate Cesar Chavez, a labor leader and civil rights activist. At my old job, this holiday was typically combined with Good Friday to make an extra long Easter weekend. But with my current job, I no longer get Good… Read More

Big Bend National Park is in southwest Texas and includes the entire Chisos mountain range and a large swath of the Chihuahuan Desert. Due to the remote nature of Big Bend, two of the days are travel days and two of the days are fully spent in the park. Fear not, the two travel days allow you to explore plenty of things along the way! How to Get There The two closest… Read More

[Big Bend National Park & Marathon, TX – Dec 28, 2021] After 2 full days in the park, it was time to say good-bye to this fascinating place. Our flight back to Los Angeles wasn’t until later in the day. Since we were going to gain two hours from Lajitas to El Paso, we took our time. We slept in a little and started late compared to the other two days. We… Read More

[Big Bend National Park, Dec 27, 2021] For our second full day in the park, we decided to take the Ross Maxwell Scenic Drive. With stops at some of the scenic viewpoints and short hikes, we expected it to take about 5-6 hours. The 31-mile point-to-point drive begins in the Chisos Mountains section of the park and winds down to the Rio Grande. From there, you can come back the way you… Read More

[Big Bend National Park, TX, Dec 26, 2021] For our first full day in the park, we decided to do one of the most popular trails in Big Bend, Lost Mine. Although it’s short – less than 5 miles round-trip – it’s not exactly easy due to the 1,100 ft of elevation gain over a fairly short distance. It’s in the Chisos Mountain area of the park. Lost Mine trail gets it… Read More