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view from grapevine hillDay Five 

More photos of this beautiful area can be seen at

Today we decided to drive down Maverick Road, up from Santa Elena Canyon and end at Grapevine Hills Road. We were disappointed to learn that Maverick Road was a 4 wheel drive only road and so we decided to try our luck at Grapevine Hills.

We off-loaded the bikes about a quarter of mile in and started off. The road was gravel and definitely uneven. I was certainly unsure of my skills but I managed to straddle walk or ride for about three or so miles. After we passed Government Springs and the landfill area, Glen rode ahead for a bit and decided the road was a bit too uneven for my limited skills. I continued on—slowly while he returned for the truck. I managed another mile or so before he caught up with me. Even so, my shoulders and arms were tired from the effort of holding onto the handle bars.

The trail up to Window Rock was listed as easy but there were some straight up climbs. The view, however, was certainly worthwhile. To the southeast we could see the Sierra Madrones which are in Mexico, to the north we could see large portions of Big Bend. The military must have had a play day as we counted at least three or four planes flying overhead that were not commercial or private. Sound carries through the canyon and we watched a pair of ravens circling the rocks. We chatted with two other people—a crowd in our experience.

It was too late in the day to drive down into Santa Elena canyon; I had no wish to repeat the drive in the dark of a previous night. We elected to spend an hour or so at Dugout Wells, my favorite place in Big Bend. The cottonwoods were whispering and the windmill was pumping—one of my favorite sounds.

The day ended with a glass of wine and some beer at the Boathouse in Terlingua Ghost Town and then a meal at the Starlight Theatre— pan-fried salmon for me and the portobella mushroom for Glen. We are both sorry our days here have ended—it was a wonderful time and we felt we only scratched the surface. Maybe next year, we can return.

3 Comments Post a comment
  1. Loved the picture of the balancing rocks … also your descriptions throughout of your meals. What a beautiful travelogue!

    December 30, 2007
  2. reneorgeron #

    Your post on Big Bend brought back lots of memories. About 30 years ago my family , the4 boys were kids then, spent 2 weeks there. We camped at the bottom campground. Things were a lot more primitive then. But the place is a wonder to see. Our first approch to the area gave me a hidden memory, that I had seen all this before, I seemed to know what was around the bend! We had a wonderful adventure. So glad you also experienced it. Even more so! Rene

    December 30, 2007
  3. Sherry #

    Love, love, love it!!!!!
    I think this is beautiful country.
    My favorite picture is the last one with the 2 birds. Partridges? Quails?

    December 31, 2007

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