During the day, we go hiking, canoeing or just relax. At night, Brian feeds us way too much food, then relax under thousands of stars with cool beverages and a cigar or two. You have never seen stars like this. Big Bend is in the middle of the desert and there are no cities or towns even close. It's hard to comprehend that when I'm at home, I'm looking at the same sky. At home, I might see a star or two, but out there, you see thousands of stars. Big & Bright - CLAP! - CLAP! - CLAP! - CLAP! - Deep in the Heart of Texas.
On Saturday, we take an eight hour hike up the South Rim of the Chisos Mountains. It's about 7,800 ft up but it felt like it was 12,000 coming down. My knees were so sore the last hour, I had to walk backwards the last 1/8 mile down when we got to the "main" road. As much as I was crying like a baby then, I want to go again. While we were up at the peak, there was plant life that just amazed me. The area has been in extreme drought for years and it is very dry. Still, coming out of rocks, you still see life trying to come out. I have no great philosophical ideas about this, but it is amazing. No matter how hard it is , no matter the conditions, what surrounds it or supports it, life just wants to go on. I need to remember that.