Autumn Lingers ~ Big Bend National Park
It was our first morning in Big Bend National Park and as we sat eating our breakfast of oatmeal and fruit...reading the park map...we discussed how we would organize our days to see this vast landscape of the Chihuahuan Desert. Ultimately, we chose to stay close to our campground on the first day to stop by the visitor center and hike nearby trails.
As we embarked from our camper, the air was much warmer than we expected for a December day, much warmer than our Roanoke, Texas home some 650 miles away and the sky was hidden by a thin layer of high gray-white clouds. The filtered sunlight had a yellow hue and a brisk breeze ruffled the awning of our trailer.
After a short walk we found ourselves transported back in time at Daniel's Ranch, a homestead where remnants of pioneer farming remain and where an old adobe home reminds us of the harsh living conditions early settlers endured. As we stood there alone, except for two basset hounds on leashes, in that gentle yellow air with the sound of leaves crunching under our boots, my heart and soul were refreshed by the sights and sounds around me.
Of what avail is an open eye, if the heart is blind? ~ Soloman Ibn-Gabirol
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