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Sat 21-Feb-2015 Texas, Travel | 0 comments | Map

Window Trail

Window Trail

Our hike today was along a canyon that is the only outlet from the Chisos Basin.  The hike, about 5 miles round trip, took us to the end of the canyon where any water it carries pours off to the desert below.  The rocks at the very end are polished smooth by the running water and hence slippery even when dry.  Janet felt very nervous when some other photographers approached the of the opening of the canyon (The Window) to get better pictures of the desert floor. They were crazy — there had been plenty of information warning them not to do just that.

On the way back we took a side trip to Oak Springs.  The springs is 2 miles away, but we just wanted to go about 1/4 mile to the top of a ridge to get a view out over the desert.  Janet had to stop about half-way there as the path was right on the edge of a steep drop — vertigo set in so she sat while David went to the top.

After dinner David and a neighbor got our their telescopes to see the conjunction of Venus and Mars.