Presidio & Santa Elena Canyon

On Christmas Day Taylor and I made the 100 mile journey south through the desert to our next campground in Lajitas, TX at Maverick Ranch RV Park.

The little town of Lajitas is just a mile or so north of the Texas-Mexico Border and is positioned between Big Bend National Park and Big Bend State Park, it was a pretty perfect location and Taylor and I would stay there again!

We set up camp, FaceTimed with the family and relaxed! We then decided to make the drive to Presidio, TX. It is said to be the most scenic drive in all of Texas! The Rio Grande is on one side, the state park is on the other and there are mountains all around! So pretty it took us about 2 hours to drive the 50 miles, not just because of all the steep inclines, declines and twist and turns but, because we had to stop every couple of miles to get out and take in the pretty views!

We were going to snag lunch in Presidio at El Patio but guess what?! Every restaurant was closed because it was Christmas Day! Duh Bordelon! Interesting fact about Presidio is that it’s the first place in Texas that celebrated Christmas! So it was pretty fitting that we happened to be there in Christmas Day!

We made our way back to camp to cook up some dinner and walk the dogs around!

It was chili and cornbread on the menu so we got to cooking! I cut the recipe in half because we didn’t want leftovers! So here I am in the kitchen cooking away and I’m adding all the spices into the pot, the last ingredient was the chili powder. The next thing we know we our eyes are watering and we can barely breath! We had to run out of the camper! We opened all the windows just to finish cooking it, keep in mind the temps were in the 30s so it got quite cold! Turns out I didn’t do a very good job of dividing by 2 for that last ingredient! #MathInTheRealWorld Needless to say, it was the spiciest chili we’ve ever consumed in our lives and we each drank about a gallon of water with dinner that night! Ha! πŸ˜‚πŸ˜‚ The adventures of camp cooking!

The next morning we woke up bright and early to head out to hike Santa Elena Canyon.

The drive to the canyon down Old Maverick Road was beautiful and we got to see the sunrise over the mountains! The desert is so picture perfect and peaceful!

The Santa Elena Canyon Trail is one of the most beautiful hikes I’ve ever been on! Highly recommend it if you visit Big Bend! You start out by crossing a dried up creek bed, climb up some switch backs and then you get to walk down the middle of the canyon with the Rio Grande right by your side! The walls that make up the canyon are are up to 1,500 feet high! Pretty incredible!

We stopped by the old settlement of Castolon in the park. We got some souvenirs and we checked out all the old buildings! Check out our little friend we saw on the road on the way!!

On our way out we decided to do one more short hike on the Lower Burrow Mesa Trail. It was down a dried up creek bed and ended at the bottom of a pour off! When there is water in the creek we would have been standing at the bottom of a massive waterfall!

Also, Taylor was obsessed with these purple prickly pear cactuses so he had to get a picture with one! 😍

A day well spent in Big Bend!

We came back to camp, took a nap (because what is camping without naps?!) and played with the pups! Taylor and I decided we best go out to dinner in Terlingua after our crazy chili dinner from the night before! We were going to go to La Kiva where the famous murder occurred!! But decided we were in the mood for some authentic Mexican food and that just what we got at the Chili Pepper! After dinner the sunset right outside the restaurant was unbelievable! No sunsets or sunrises can compare to those in Far West Texas!

You may notice that our little trail dogs aren’t in any of the pictures above. That’s because the National Park is not dog friendly, they are only allowed where cars are; so no hiking trails. Don’t worry though they got to go on some very long walks when we got back to camp every night and meet a whole bunch of people who loved them!

“See with your eyes, feel with your heart.”

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