Big Bend-2010
Jul 5, 2010Public
Photo: After meeting up with Oscar in Alpine, TX, we drove south to remeasure this massive old juniper tree (Juniperus coahuilensis)....
Photo: ...which had split four ways; this is the biggest live stem. Next, it's on south to Study Butte, Terlingua, and Lajitas (boy, that's a mouthful!)
Photo: Our state champion screwbean mesquite (Prosopis pubescens) at the resort in Lajitas, on the Rio Grande in far southwest Texas.
Photo: This expanding measuring pole is great for measuring heights of short trees.
Photo: A glimpse of the Chisos Mountains from Ranch Road 170 between Lajitas and Terlingua. It's the only mountain range in America entirely contained within the boundaries of a National Park.
Photo: We had a nice visit with our hosts, Maria and "Shaggy", the trail crew boss, who told us there had been a mountain lion sighted at the Boot Cabin, where we were headed.
Photo: From Panther Junction, we set out for our lodging for the night up in the Chisos Basin. A good view of Casa Grande at the top of Green Gulch.
Photo: Had a nice meal (our last for a few days) at the Chisos Lodge and learned these facts.
Photo: Oscar and Casa Grande in the background, at the end of the day on Wednesday.
Photo: Sunset through "The Window."
Photo: Thursday morning view from the tack room at the "Remuda" bunkhouse, graciously shared with us by trails crew members, Colin, Matt, and Rachel.
Photo: Looks like a nice day for a hike!
Photo: There's one half of our team: Oscar M. (El Paso) and Charles S. (Alpine), ready and rarin' to go!
Photo: A familiar view: me trailing behind Oscar.
Photo: Claret-cup cactus.... Lots of it blooming in the park.
Photo: Casa Grande, from the Pinnacles trail.... On last year's trip to Big Bend, Oscar and Pete hiked to the top to measure our national co-champion drooping juniper (Juniperus flaccida), which grows in the U.S. only in Big Bend N.P.
Photo: Pete and Charles arriving at the first destination for the day, a big (but not a champ) Texas madrone (Arbutus xalapensis) that Oscar wanted us to remeasure, off the Pinnacles trail.
Photo: Here, Oscar shows where we should measure trunk circumference.
Photo: Aspen grove below Emory Peak.
Photo: Just upslope from the aspen, our national co-champion Mexican pinyon pine (Pinus cembroides).
Photo: My new laser rangefinder made height measurements much more accurate this time!
Photo: In bloom, we noticed this fragrant ash (Fraxinus cuspidata)....
Photo: ....and because it had a trunk big enough, it will become our new state champion for this species!