On the day that Jolly took us down the unpaved Old Maverick Road, we had planned to stop at the Santa Elena Canyon, which came highly recommended. We had our lunch at the picnic area at the beginning of the trail, and then, we were off, with hiking sticks, bottled water and of course, cameras ready to snap!
Maybe the best is first this time, the view of the canyon as you approach. That is the Rio Grande River, Mexico to the left, US to the right. There are of course, signs that you should not cross the river. We did not, but, I'll bet there are some that cannot resist the temptation, eh??
Turn just a little and you see the "hiking trail", yep, up there!
Yellow, again, smiling at us I believe. (Thanks to friend Linda, the ID: Wild Tobacco. Draws hummingbirds, oh,yes, I am sure it does draw hummers!)
Starting up the trail:
Flora grows anywhere it can get a foot, err, root hold. Prickly pear and cacti, not sure, maybe those hedge hog cacti.
Those walls are stunning, overwhelming, and, mmm, TALL!
Yes, I will share growing room with you:
Turn and look out of the canyon, back towards Big Bend and Texas and the US:
Can you guess what kind of plant this might be??
It is kin to the pineapple. It is called Hechtia, and it only grows in the Big Bend country. How cool is that??
Man and the trail where it got a bit more "natural". The first part of the trail was full of switchbacks and stairs.
A little panoramic, looking out of the canyon, big country, big photo!
Upon leaving the canyon friend D spotted butterflies, lots of them. The photo is over exposed shooting into the sun, but, you can see the butterflies! LOL
Our day had more stops and more to do, next time - -