Imagine my surprise when I got up and opened the curtain. It was raining. No, now it is snowing! What! Naw, that couldn’t be right! Am I imagining things? It doesn’t rain, let alone snow, in Big Bend. We had been told yesterday that the park has had less than two inches of rain in over a year. But, sure enough, it was snowing, and I was happy for any moisture the park might receive.
|Rain, Snow and Fog Greeted Us|
It was also bitterly cold. The temperature had not climbed above freezing by 10:00 am, and the trees and bushes were coated with ice. It was a magical sight, and one that most people seldom get the chance to see. It was also very foggy, and we could barely make out the mountains just in front of us.
|A Winter Wonderland|
|I'm Glad We're Not in a Tent|
|My Sentiments Exactly!|
|A Dusting of Snow|
On one hand, we had already paid for the campsite for this evening. On the other, it was freezing and foggy, not the kind of weather that lends itself to hiking. Did we really want to spend the day sitting inside the RV, watching our propane gauge fall toward “empty”?
When we found out that the steep road down the mountain had been sanded and was safe to drive, we decided to call it quits and head toward Rio Grande Village.
|Descending the Mountain|
|We're Almost Down|
The fog cleared as we made our descent, but it was gray and cold in the desert. Although the wind was still unpleasant, we were able to get out for a short walk and stretch our legs. We arrived at Rio Grande Village where we wimped out and paid for an RV campsite with full hookups. It’s not what we had planned, but we’re warm here, and we’re not afraid of running out of propane.
|Colorful Clays Along the Banks of Tornillo Creek|
|Tornillo Creek Is Dry Now|
|A Tunnel in the Limestone Cliff|
|Prickly Pear Are Everywhere|
|Rio Grande Village Overlook|
We’re still sitting inside the RV in this campground, although we have gone out from time to time with Kitty to get some fresh, although chilly, air. There is even Wi-Fi at the camp store, and I walked over there to post this little adventure, as well as last night’s, to the blog. Unfortunately, the Wi-Fi was not cooperating, and no one could connect. Maybe tomorrow.
|This May Not Be the Most Natural Campground, but We're Happy|
|The Acacia Trees Are Blooming|
Tim took a nap this afternoon, and we relaxed for the rest of the day. We bought books to keep us entertained this evening. I will look back on today as quite the memorable adventure.
|Afternoon Light on the Limestone Cliffs|