A brochure in the Big Bend visitor center has a chart recommending driving tours based on driving times (the number of days you will be in the park). Basically, there are several one-day selections and one three-day selection.
My biking buddies and my children know where I’m going with this blog. You see, I have absolutely no ability to pace myself. Whether it’s a long bike ride or long vacation, I have way too much adrenaline and way too little patience to accomplish the goal in measured steps.
So what I have to say next will not surprise those of you who know me best. Yesterday, we did the three-day tour in one day. Yep, the Camry has 800 miles on the trip odometer, nearly half from the first-ever, last-ever, Bellah Big Bend Driving Marathon.
We saw it all: the northeast entrance/visitor center at Persimmon Gap, the central visitor center at Panther junction, the southeast corner of the park at Rio Grande City, the southwest corner at Santa Elena Canyon, the Chisos Basin and mountain lodge (where I actually stopped for lunch), the Ross Maxwell scenic drive and the northwest entrance near Study Butte.
Thank God we didn’t take the Tacoma or I probably would have attempted the four wheel drive roads, too.
How is Charlotte doing? I asked her last night. “I need a drink,” was her answer. Today we’re sleeping in and then going to a museum.