“To see things thousands of miles away, things hidden behind walls and within rooms,
things dangerous to come to, to draw closer, to see and be amazed.”
At the start of each new year I make it my goal to travel somewhere new. To explore the world around me, near or far. In more recent years I’ve wanted to experience the beauty nestled within North America, and specifically the United States. I’ve seen a lot, but have yet to see it all or even half of the states. On that ever growing list of mine, was Big Bend National Park. A mountainous, desert treasure nestled in the middle of nothing at the border of Texas, the state I call home, and Mexico. Last year, around this same time, my husband and my mother-in-law Jennifer made the ten and a half hour drive to Terlingua, Texas. A small desert town with a population of fifty-eight, and an even higher population of cactus and desert creatures! I was living my best life, soaking up the sun and blasting Johnny Cash.
It was the perfect time of year to live the desert life for a week! The weather was perfect, and not too hot like Texas can be known for. One day we experienced some rain, and hazy skies, but for the most part our trip was filled with nothing but sun and a surprising double rainbow. 🙂 There was definitely a lot to see in Big Bend National Park, and I’m convinced a second trip is in our future because we didn’t get to see all of the beauty this park had to offer.
While I’ve visited just a couple of countries outside of the United States, I’ve actually never been to Mexico! We learned about a little border gate that lies within the national park itself. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to visit because we didn’t have our passports with us. However, not far off from the gate you could actually view the village from afar! And sitting neatly displayed on a boulder were handmade art and walking sticks made by those villagers and a jar asking for donations. We each left with a little something! ❤
This blog post has been a a whole year in the making. I’ve thought a lot of what I wanted to write, and I admit I should have started this a long while ago, but procrastination is alive and well within me. 😂 I made so many drafts of this post that ended up being scrapped. I’m no writer after all, but I try my damnedest to create some kind of well-versed content about my personal journeys to share with you all. Especially now, with all the quarantine lock-down we are all experiencing due to COVID-19, I hope that this journal entry brings you all some sort of escape during this time. For now, I’m reliving our week long adventure spent in the desert.