Guadalupe Mountains National Park
January 6, 2020
A bit hard to adjust to the vibe of a National Park having been at Big Bend Ranch State Park for a few days. . Big Bend National Park averages 350,000 visitors per year; the state park averages 6,000.
Not sure on the visitor count for Guadalupe (it is 250,000 er year) but from what I can tell, people come here to hard-core hike. And there are a lot of them. Walking sticks, hiking packs - they have the look. Met a couple this morning who is doing the eight-hour strenuous hike to the summit - the tallest peak in Texas. They are on a quest to do the tallest peak in many states - Colorado this summer. I told them the highest golf course in the country is in Colorado - we laughed. 🤪
I’m disappointed that I think that might be too much for me to do an eight-hour strenuous hike. Only one way to find out.
Another day of what I call the Colorado Sky. So blue it looks unreal.
On my bike into Devil’s Hall today I saw probably 40 people, only two of us with cameras. 🤪. Do those folks remember the walk more than I do because they aren’t constantly stopping to take photos? I contend I see more than others because my head is on a swivel as I look for good opportunities to pull out the camera. A useless question - I do what I do because I enjoy it. 😋😋
I hope you enjoy the slideshow. Given that my five-mile hike was on rocky terrain, the soundtrack is songs that have “rock” in them (I passed on AC/DC).