Monday, January 26, 2009

January 25, 2009 to Big Bend, Terlingua

Today we drove from Carlsbad, New Mexico to Terlingua, Texas. Terlingua is a small town near Big Bend National Park, where we are going hiking with an Elderhostel Program. 

Here is our trailer in Carlsbad, parked under a pecan tree. It was cold last night (down to freezing). 

Here are some photos on the road to Terlingua. As you can see the land is dessert and very mountainous. This is part of the Chihuahua Dessert, which is 36% of the total landmass of North America (covering parts of Texas and Mexico). There are three other major desserts in North America. 

We are staying in our trailer in an RV park which is part of the hotel that is being used by the Elderhostel. The weather today was clear and hot (77 degrees Fahrenheit or 26 Celsius). We’re expecting warm days and cold nights for our stay here. 

After dinner, we sat out near the trailer and looked at the stars. The Big Dipper was rising in the north and we could also identify the North Star, Cassiopeia, the Pliades and Cepheus. We knew the Draco and Perseus were there – but couldn’t quite make him out. This is a thrill for us west coast Canadians – since we seldom see the stars in the winter and, if we do, it’s too cold to sit out and look at them. 

We don’t have wifi access in the trailer but should be able to get it at the restaurant tomorrow . We will post this to the Blog then.  (We did this post just before the store closes at 8PM)

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