This is what it is to be enveloped by Big Bend National Park in springtime:
Start with the sky at sunset, looking all the way through The Window to Mexico, and let it envelope you.
Take a hike, and look up to be enveloped by the stark desert around you.
Look down, and find bright springtime rewards atop the spiny cactus.
Stop for a snack on the trail, become enveloped by your surroundings and be surprised by the sudden appearance of some nosy Mexican jays, happy to share your food.
Always be aware, lest a bear decides to envelope you. In which case, it’s your fault—for trailing food crumbs or tempting them with your unattended backpack, or because you came between a mama and her cubs.
Climb to the summit, and be enveloped by the stark landscape that thrives all around you.
Enjoy your awe when a huge black raven takes flight right above your head.
When you’re surrounded by the Hot Springs cliffs on the Wild and Scenic Rio Grande River, and the many canyon wrens who make their home there, let them envelope you with sweet birdsong.
Look closely and you’ll discover you’re enveloped by pictographs, left by other hikers much earlier than you, like the Late Prehistoric era.
You may even have a chance to become enveloped by Mexican culture across the Rio Grande, if you make the river crossing over to Boquillas.
Find yourself enveloped by high canyon walls for at least 20 miles into the Santa Elena Canyon, where the Rio Grande River flows from Texas into Mexico.
At day’s end, delight in the company of a curious roadrunner who’s not intimidated by touristos like you, but merely a hungry opportunist. Can’t you spare a crumb? ♣
Big Bend National Park is the both one of the largest and the one of the least visited national parks in the United States. There’s a lot to learn about Big Bend, whether you ever get there or not (but why wouldn’t you?); the National Park Service has it all spelled out HERE. Getting enveloped by Big Bend makes the long drive in worth your while. Take at look at more of my outdoor photography in my Naturescapes Shop.