We stayed three days in Terilingua, Tx and this allowed us a whole day to explore Big Bend National Park. We took the backroads to get into Big Bend National Park. The backroads is shorter but with some rough terrain and multiple photoshoots, we took about 2hrs on the trail. This was our first time going off roading in a remote area. Thanks to constant improvement in modern technology, you dont really need a GPS for off road travel. Todays smart phones have google maps built in, and google offers offline maps when you happen to be in a place with no cellular signal. What you do is download (where you have wifi) an area where are planning to go explore before setting off to that location. When you do get off grid, the offline map will show GPS location and not some blue dot in a white screen.
You are also able to make a route changes offline once the map of the area is downloaded. Pretty cool technology that is totally free! Smart tablets have this feature if you want a bigger screen. I did bring a compass and maps of the trails just incase my phone wasn’t working properly.
There where some corrugations that rattled the Land Cruiser, but we aired down more and reduced speed. We still need to drive the Land Cruiser back home.
The West Texas scenery reminds me of the Wild West or like im the back set of a western movie. Views I don’t normally see in Houston.
The only vehicle we saw on the trail was a border patrol. I was always told to stay on the trail, if you have issues, since there will be somebody there along the road… at least eventually somebody on the trail.
Back on paved roads, it was time to air up. Driving the back entrance of Big Bend National park was pretty cool and soo remote you felt like you were the only person in the world. The road lead us into the northern part of Big Bend National Park.
After entering Big Bend , we heading down south to the Rio Grande, Mexican Border. The change of scenery from desert to lush green meant we where getting close to the Rio Grande. The weather wasn’t too bad wither, it was about high 80s. I knew summer was around the corner though.
The Rio Grande wasn’t a raging river, thankfully. Unfortunately we didn’t explore a lot since dogs are not allowed. Just cross the Rio Grande and you are in Mexico!
Back on dirt roads, it was time to drive to Terlingua Ghost Town.
We found this small abandoned house along the trail.
I didn’t take any pictures when I went to Terlinga Ghost Town, but its was a nice little town that a lot of amenities like a restaurant, bar, general store, and even a movie theater. If you missed people, this a place to go to. After taking a little break, we headed back to our little airstream. That night I cooked steaks but forgot to take pictures too. Live in the moment right?
Next day we headed out of Texas and into Arizona. Stay tuned for part 3!