Guadalupe National Park, TX

In late April, I met up with Tom, my nephew at the Guadalupe National Park in Texas just east of El Paso. It was the first time we had lived within driving distance of each other’s states, so it was a real treat. ┬áThe stark beauty of the park and the ever-present wind made for a multi-sensory experience. The Pine Springs campground was the only one open and closest to most of the trails. The first couple of days we hiked several miles to take in McKittrick Canyon and Devil’s Hall.

The third day, Tom decided to head out the 8-mile hike to Guadalupe Peak, said to be the highest point in TX. I took a simpler trail to Smith Springs which was a gorgeous oasis in the midst of dry desert. The last night the wind was fierce and howled down the canyon most of the night.

Camp spot

Camp spot

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Trail shade

A five-day camping trip with my nephew/photojournalist, Tom McCarthy April, 2015

A five-day camping trip with my nephew/photojournalist, Tom McCarthy April, 2015

The last day, Tom headed back toward Austin and I turned in the direction of Tucson. I decided to take the detour to the upper NW corner of the park to see the sand dunes. It looked as though I was one of the few. Although I spent about five hours there, I never saw another person and managed to get lost on the return trip to the parking lot. In the end, a combination of a helicopter, the State Patrol and a Park Ranger had to find me and deliver me back to my car. From now on, the beauty of the dunes will inspire a mixture of awe and apprehension.Spring sand-hill sand-and-cloud2

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