We stopped for a lunch break at a rest area along U.S. 385.
Since there were 5 of us on the trip, we took both of Andy's cars- a Mazda MX-5 and a Subaru Forester. We took turns riding in the Mazda since it only holds two people and at times we all rode in the the Subaru and left the Mazda behind.
|It didn't seem long before we pull into Big Bend National Park! Here's a website about Big Bend. http://www.nps.gov/bibe/index.htm|
Beautiful Country - Big Bend National ParkWe stopped in at the Panther Junction Visitor Center, friendly people, nice gift shop, and exhibits. From here we drove SE 18 miles on Rio Grande Village Road, we set the Mazda on a turn off, and we all headed mostly north about 5 miles on Old Ore Road (a very rough road) to Ernst Tinaja Spur Road.
Here you find some primitive campsites and the trailhead to Ernst Tinaja. This was an easy trail about 1.5 miles round trip with an elevation gain of 245 feet. The weather was warm and sunny, perfect, with a deep blue sky.
Tinaja (pronounced tee-NA-ha) is a Spanish word for earthen jar. This tinaja is named for Bill Ernst, a Big Bend settler murdered in the early 1900's.
We got back in the car and bounced over the rocks back to the main road then went back past Panther Junction some thirty miles west to Terlingua, a ghost town, that's where we will sleep!
Along the way out of the car window we saw mountain after mountain this was on Maverick Drive, SR118, and FM 170 to Terlingua.
The place we stayed was unique, and had recently opened for renting. Big Bend Holiday Hotel Candlelilla House. Here is their website http://www.bigbendholidayhotel.com/candelilla.html
Looking out at Terlingua from the Candlelilla House.
That night we had dinner at the Starlight Theatre Restaurant & Bar, great food and live music, what a place!
I think that was about it for day two, wow, we did so much I was exhausted. A real Big Bend adventure so far!